DVD Flashback: Soylent Green

Dir: Richard Fleischer

Country: USA, 1973

Cert 15, 93 mins


An old classic sci-fi flick that somehow I’d never seen before, so I bought the DVD from Amazon for less than the price of a pint.

Charlton Heston stars as Thorne, a bent copper in New York in the year 2022, when the population is 40,000,000 and the city has been brought to a grinding halt. Nothing works properly, the ocean is dying and food is in short supply. The only food available to anyone other than the superich are Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow and Soylent Green (which look not unlike GM quorn based products). When Simonsson, one of the head honchos of the Soylent corporation, gets whacked at the beginning of the film, it is up to Thorne to solve the case – and bed Simonssons’ live-in “furniture”. “Furniture” is the term for the playboy-bunny style women that come with the plush apartments lived in by the elite. I found this concept uncomfortably misogynistic, and we later find our hero Thorne is not above beating the shit out women with little provocation. This did seem to be all the rage in a lot of ’70s cinema. Dated views on women aside, it’s a decent concept with some fantastically weird and memorable scenes. In other places the film sags with some pretty hammy acting… Soylent Green is still worth a look, and it’s impressive that nearly 40 years later the same fears very much exist…


Oh, The opening title sequence is awesome:

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