1973 / 97m - USA
Sci-fi, Crime
Soylent Green poster


April 01, 2024


A true sci-fi classic. I'd never seen the film before, but I was aware of the twist at the end. Not that it matters a lot, this film is more of a police procedural set in a dystopian version of the future (which is already the past now, as the film is set in 2022). Somewhat entertaining, but not very good.

Real food has become a luxury, most people are forced to eat products from Soylent Green, processed foods that give them the necessary nutrients. Only the rich can afford actual vegetables and meat. When one of the directors of the Soylent Green company is murdered, a detective wants to get to the bottom of the case.

The performances are pretty bad and the world-building could've used a bit more care. That said, the story is pretty amusing, the pacing is okay and the finale delivers. It's easy to say why this became a cult favorite, but it's hardly a timeless classic. Still, slightly better than I expected it to be.