35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Aw, nuts. People were always rotten. But the world 'was' beautiful.,
This review is from: Soylent Green [DVD]  (DVD)
A bit dated but a very good movie. The basic story is a murder who dunnit set in the not so far future. But this isn't its strong side. It is a movie about a world that has squandered its resources and is crowded with overpopulation. Fresh food is only for the rich and employment for the lucky. Beautiful girls make their living as "furniture" in the houses of the rich while the common unemployed masses sleep anywhere they can. The futuristic view is very dim in a different way from Blade Runner, the world is a bright hot desert and people are obliged to live in overcrowded cities. Life is worth very little. The dialogue is very well written as well and the movie has plenty of memorable quotes. The best ones are between Det. Thorn (Charlton Heston) and Sol (Edward G. Robinson) an old man that remembers the world before the apocalypse. On a side note the main actress Leigh Taylor-Young became an active enviromentalist after playing in the movie and you will think about it too after watching it. Because even if it is a bit dated the message is still clear. Makes you think if you and I shouldn't be doing a bit more to preserve the world for future generations.
All in all a good sci-fi movie, with a well written dialogue and a horrible vison of the future. I give it 4 stars for these are all superior to the story itself, which is mostly dated. A worthy film for many reasons and worth the buy.
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