Movie Review Friday -- Soylent Green
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Soylent Green (1973) is a stomach-churning Charlton Heston film that explores the desperate tribulations of overpopulation and vanishing natural resources. It's the year 2022, New York City’s cramped population is 40 million, and green pastures and national parks are old fables. Fruit, vegetables, and meat as we know them are distant memories. The portions given to the masses are provided by the Soylent Corporation, the insidious Big Brother of mastication, which distributes funny-looking green wafers manufactured from plankton.
In this dystopia, Heston plays a detective assigned to investigate a murder and ends up uncovering the horrid truth of Soylent’s master plan to use the planet’s disintegrating resources to control the world. This movie reflects the environmental anxieties of the 1960s and 70s--and for the nostalgically-inclined, it's classic Heston! -- Review by Brian Foley