Tuesday is Soylent Green Day!

I’ve heard the term Soylent Green used numerous times in the past but I never understood what it meant. That was, until I heard it mentioned again on the Slice of Sci-fi Podcast, one of my favourite podcasts. According to them, it is an old science fiction film starring Charlton Heston. The fact that Charlton Heston was in it quickly got me interested.

As luck would have it, the Soylent Green DVD was available free for loan at the City Library. We reserved it and borrowed it.

When we got it, we inspected the DVD cover and it was a painted cover that was probably in style at the time (the 1970s). On the cover is a short blurb about the movie written in a futuristic font (well, the type of futuristic font that was popular back in the 70’s and 80’s): “It’s the year 2022… People are still the same. They’ll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.”

I admit that when we didn’t expect much from the movie. I was expecting it to be totally dated. Well, it was a little dated. The computer game was like an Atari 2600 game and the apartment interior design was very 70’s loungy (not to mention the music). Surprisingly though, it was very easy to see past through the supposed futuristic stuff.

After all, the story was centered more on the bleakness of a future time where there is over population and over pollution. There isn’t enough food to go around. There isn’t enough space in the world to accommodate all the people. People live in the streets and have to be given a ration of processed food in the form of square chips produced by a company called Soylent.

The company’s old offerings were Soylent Red and Soylent Yellow, based from soy and plankton. However, the people soon grew tired of it. So, when the new product called Soylent Green was introduced, people couldn’t get enough of it. The products were distributed only on certain days. And Tuesday is Soylent Green Day.

I thought it would be a boring movie. Thankfully, it wasn’t. I actually love the story. The moral of the story still rings true. It will make you think of where we, the human race, are headed if we continue to grow in numbers at an unchecked rate. It is also a better watch if you haven’t read or heard any spoilers though so try to avoid using Google or Wikipedia to look up the term Soylent Green.

Also, if you have the DVD, watch the trailer for it last. You’ll see that the stupid trailer actually reveals the entire story. It kept asking, “what is the secret of Soylent Green?” but it ended up answering the same question in the trailer itself. It was like having a trailer for Signs and the narrator kept asking, “how would we stop the alien invaders?” and then at the end of the trailer we see the alien writhing when doused with water.

Anyway, go look for it and watch it. Highly recommended. And even if you didn’t like it, you’d at least be in on it whenever it is referenced in jokes and conversation.

Published in: on May 9, 2006 at 12:03 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. :d I hadn’t seen this movie since I was a kid and I rented it two days ago from my vido store. It is such a great film! If people aren’t wise enough to rent it then these savvy film makers and producers should go on and make a remake of it. This is certainly a film to take note of, especially since it seems so true to life at this day and age. I know people pay more attention to movies than to newsreels or real life so lets put this in their faces. I dare some multi-millionaire movie producer to remake this one (and get the video game right this time). That’s what ron howard should have been doing instead of wasting his time underming everyone’s faith. Ain’t that right, Opie?

  2. I watched Soylent Green when I was a kid, and I was totally disturbed. It is such an amazing movie.

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