Watch Now: SOYLENT GREEN
The year is 2022, and the human race is on the verge of destruction after decades of overpopulation, hunger, pollution and climate change. NYPD detective Frank Thorn and his friend, an old, intelligent analyst Sol Roth, begin investigating the murder of a wealthy man who served as a board member of Soylent Industries, a huge company that controls half of the world’s artificial food supplies. The more Thorn finds out about the victim and the company, the closer he gets to uncovering the unbelievably dark truth in the heart of Soylent Industries. The company claims its latest product called Soylent Green is made from ocean plankton, but with the help of his partner, Thorn learns the oceans stopped producing plankton a long time ago. What’s Soylent Green made from, then?
A curious combination of a police procedural and a dystopian science fiction film, filmmaker Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green, a loose adaptation of Harry Harrison’s novel Make Room! Make Room!, is an intelligent and highly intriguing film with a cautionary tale concept and nail-biting action that keeps the story fluid. Charlton Heston is excellent in the starring role, but many will remember this as the final appearance from Edward G. Robinson as the disillusioned analyst Roth. Robinson, unfortunately, passed away three months before the film premiered, and his death scene in Soylent Green is seen as one of the film’s most powerful images.