I watched Soylent Green for the first time last night (on Viceland. Just missed The Fifth Element).
It's a really interesting film, with themes that are still relevant.
It's...kind of difficult to know how to take it though. Acting was different in 1973, so there's that. And you have Charlton Heston in the lead. He's sort of playing an action hero, and that seems...weird.
His acting is wooden, his jaw deserves separate billing, but effective I guess.
I'm prepared to forgive a lot in sci-fi.
What's disjointed about it, is that it's a film made forty years ago about (from the point of view of now) of a dystopian future.
One of the first scenes shows a woman playing a cough high-tech video game.
It's Asteroids. In black and white.
You can't help but laugh at that.
I found its treatment (too harsh? depiction?) of women particularly jarring. And I found myself wondering if this is the 70's talking or if women's roles have been genuinely thought out.
But there is one scene in particular, after watching the majority of the film through a grey green haze, that is particularly emotional, and surprisingly subtle.
The spoiler, which everyone knows, seemed to me the least interesting part of the film. And the resolution all a bit pointless. It's hard to imagine what on earth is supposed to change at the end of the movie, and I'm not sure that was the intent.
Well worth a watch, though.
And I can see why people rate it in the sci-fi film genre.