Posted by: Tina M | 15 November , 2009

On Soilent Green

Ok, this is definitely an odd first post, but part of my journey on this site is to explore the things that stand out to me each day as a way to connect to the rest of the world around me.

Today, what stood out for me was the experience of watching “Soilent Green” (1973) in particular this one scene.
***Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the movie I will definitely give it all away- so proceed with caution!****

Soilent Green is a movie set in the future, where environmental issues connected to overpopulation have produced a world without fresh vegetables, without unlimited access to water, and without multiple seasons (the constant heat is apparent by the greasy appearance of Charlton Heston throughout the film). It’s depressing, and  is focused around an assassination of an important man connected to the food supplier, Soilent. What we discover is that Soilent Green is made of the recently deceased. . .

An intense social commentary, there is a moment when Charlton Heston, who hadn’t lived in a time of grass or trees, catches a glimpse into the world long gone. It also happens to be during the death ceremony for his dear friend. Here is a clip:

What an argument for conservation and preservation. What an interesting projection from the past. And I hate to admit it, it’s really well acted.


  1. Oh my gosh, friend, Soylent Green is the most intense movie ever, and this is the most intense SCENE ever. How crazy is it that they play this montage for the people who are getting turned into the rations?!

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