Soylent Green

D: Richard Fleischer
MGM (Walter Seltzer & Russell Thatcher)
US 1973
97 mins

Science Fiction/Thriller

W: Stanley Greenberg [based on the novel "Make Room, Make Room" by Harry Harrison]
DP: Richard H. Kline
Ed: Samuel E. Beetley
Mus: Fred Myrow

Charlton Heston (Det. Frank Thorn), Edward G. Robinson (Sol Roth), Leigh Taylor-Young (Shirl), Chuck Connors (Tab Fielding), Brock Peters (Chief Hatcher), Joseph Cotten (William R. Simonson)

Like many of the futuristic sci-fi's produced in the late 1960's and early 1970's, Soylent Green has dated very badly, mostly due to the production design which makes everything look like 1970's New York City.
Set in 2022, the population of New York are controlled by the government on a diet of synthetic food. Policeman Charlton Heston investigates and makes a startling discovery of what it is that makes an artificial foodstuff called Soylent Green.
The twist ending might provoke a surprise reaction from viewers who don't know what Soylent Green is, but it's not that huge a surprise for those who have seen a dozen or so dystopian future thrillers, or even the marketing trailer for this film, which asks three questions and then tells the answer.
It's quite refreshing that the film ends on a downbeat note, but it's still not very good.

Charlton Heston in Soylent Green
Charlton Heston in Soylent Green