Soylent Green is more important to us than the King James Bible. Instead of warning us of an imaginary hell, it alerts us of the real possibility of the horror of overpopulation.

The movie was way ahead of its time and a stern forewarning of what will happen if we continue reproducing like rodents.

Here's The Scene.

Imagine the sense of loss as Edward G. Robinson watched the glory that once was Earth. Just like me, he had the supicion he had been robbed of paradise his whole life. We can't let it happen. There's still time. An age of solitude, an earth as desolate as the moon, after the incredible biodiversity and ineffable beauty that Gaia once knew, for me is unbearable to comtemplate.

Ironically, the actor died right after this scene. It was his last message.

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Comment by Jennifer W on March 15, 2009 at 8:01pm
I'm a huge fan of Charlton Heston. Absolutely positively a classic. I don't really have any new insight to share.
Comment by Rich Goss on March 14, 2009 at 7:01pm
What brought this on was the Chris Hedges essay.

That's why I'm so down on religion. It says "be fruitful and multiply around six times in Genesis alone. Not only that, followers are encouraged to "subdue" the earth.
Comment by Buffy on March 14, 2009 at 6:17pm
I have always loved that movie as I really enjoy utopian and dystopian themes. I ended up reading the book it was based on ( Make Room! Make Room! ) and found the novel much darker than the movie--which is pretty dark in it's own right.
Comment by Moonbeam on March 14, 2009 at 5:27pm
People! Soylent Green is people!!

That is a good idea carver. Actually I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been done already.
Comment by Rich Goss on March 14, 2009 at 2:22pm
Great idea, Carver. I can see Richard Harris as Sol, coming off his Marus Aurellius role in Gladiator.
Comment by Rich Goss on March 14, 2009 at 2:02pm
I can't think of a movie with a more timely message. And it was made in 1973. Now, it's a billion people moretimely.

Did you check out the Chris Hedges essay on my previous post. That'll really scare you.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on March 14, 2009 at 1:54pm
IIRC, Soylent Green was adapted from Harry Harrisons novel, Make Room, Make Room. This is a film that deserves a remake with better atmospherics (think Blade Runner) and better actors - which means no Tom Cruise or The Governator.
Comment by Jeffrey on March 14, 2009 at 12:21pm
No doubt man! I'm not a big fan of the Hestonator but that is definately one of my favorite sci fi flicks. Even more so than Alien, Predator, or Event Horizon.



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