Film Review – SOYLENT GREEN (1973)

Soylent Green (1973; USA; Metrocolor; 97m) ***¬† d. Richard Fleischer; w. Stanley R. Greenberg; ph. Richard H. Kline; m. Fred Myrow; ed. Samuel E. Beetley.¬† Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G. Robinson, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Stephen Young, Mike Henry, Whit Bissell. In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff. Ecologically themed sci-fi tells a depressing tale of corporate greed and oppression. Heston is commanding as the square-jawed cop and Robinson has a strong supporting role. The script doesn’t succeed in maximising potential from the premise or its source material, but there are poignant moments to be had. Based on the novel “Make Room! Make Room!” by Harry Harrison. Robinson’s last film. Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. [15]

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