Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
March 22, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Soylent Green

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson
director
Richard Fleischer
author
Richard Greenberg
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

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

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