In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Charlton Heston was the leathery face of sci-fi apocalypse. After being stranded on the Planet of the Apes and gunning down pasty-faced ghouls in The Omega Man, his next assignment was getting to the bottom of a mysterious foodstuff called Soylent Green (1973, PG, 1 hr., 37 mins.). Just out on Blu-ray, Richard Fleischer’s dystopian thriller set in an overpopulated, famine-stricken 2022 New York is a wonderfully silly slice of future schlock, featuring some of Heston’s zestiest overacting. Even if you’re already hip to this guilty pleasure’s surprise ending, it’s absolutely worth watching again. B
ZESTIEST OVERACTING Charlton Heston in Soylent Green (Everett Collection)
Starring: Charlton Heston; Starring: Richard Fleischer, Edward G. Robinson; Director: Richard Fleischer; Author: Harry Harrison; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Warner Home Video
Posted March 22 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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