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Soylent Green: “Next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food”

The movie was made in 1973, the story unfolds in 2022. Overpopulation has reached a critical level, and food mainly consists of industry-produced-high-energy-things. Detective Robert Thorn survives by doing an excellent job, and by emptying the murder victims’ refrigerators. His assistant, Sol Roth, is an old man who remembers the past, and things like trees, meat, brandy.

Although digital technology would have improved the visual details, the description of society is quite interesting. There are no fathers escaping to save themselves and their children, and no melodramatic scenes. There are only people who have tried to adapt themselves, by stealing, by prostitution, by industrial food projects.

Detective Thorn happens to get involved in a case which leads to a lot of trouble for him. You just have to see the movie for that story. One of the most funny sequences is about the old assistant, Sol Roth, who choose to die by poisoning in happy surroundings: Screens showing how the world once was. Who would blame this voluntary death system in such an overpopulated world? Nobody, until Thorn discovers that the dead bodies have a commercial function…


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