FILM

The Observer - The New Review - - WEDNESDAY 20 -

Soy­lent Green Syfy, 11pm (Richard Fleis­cher, 1973) What “soy­lent green” turns out to be is these days as well known as the an­swer to the “Rose­bud” rid­dle in Cit­i­zen Kane, but if you don’t know… This is one of the first eco-themed sci­ence fic­tion movies, based on Harry Harrison’s novel Make Room! Make Room! Star­ring Charl­ton He­ston, Pey­ton Place alumna Leigh Tay­lor-Young and Ed­ward G Robin­son, it’s set in 2022, in a wildly over­crowded US, where one so­lu­tion to over­pop­u­la­tion is to feed the masses on the lat­est prod­uct from the Soy­lent Cor­po­ra­tion. With the plot re­volv­ing around He­ston’s NYPD cop as he in­ves­ti­gates a wealthy man’s mur­der, the ur­ban dystopia plus the cor­po­rate thriller el­e­ment carry dis­tinct fore­tastes of Blade Run­ner – ex­cept that this movie’s fu­ture world is grubby, gritty and de­cid­edly un­dream­like. Jonathan Rom­ney

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