Cinema: Quick Cuts

SOYLENT GREEN is not a park outside London, but a foodstuff supposedly manufactured from high-energy plankton. It is the very staff of life for the beleaguered citizens of smog-shrouded, dangerously overcrowded New York City in the year 2022, where there are nearly 200 murders a day and only a rich man can afford cigarettes. The plot of this intermittently interesting science-fiction thriller is about a cop (Charlton Heston) whose investigations lead him to the true and appalling origin of soylent green. The story is rather less notable than the fact that its alarming...

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