What did you think of the social commentary film Soylent Green (1973)?

  1. tsmog profile image80
    tsmogposted 22 months ago

    What did you think of the social commentary film Soylent Green (1973)?

    It takes place in 2022. Are we quickly approaching that setting -  suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, and the greenhouse effect with its consequences? Do you think it was prophetic? Inspirational to young minds? Or all hogwash?

  2. alancaster149 profile image83
    alancaster149posted 22 months ago

    Saw the film with Charlton Heston starring as the besieged citizen in his tower block who sets out on flash raids to the local supermarket or filling station for supplies etc. Bit grim, but by that time - 2022 - you should be well on your way through DT's second term of office... (Does that sound even grimmer?) Who knows, Kirk Douglas might make a comeback as the Charlton Heston character in his dotage. He'll live forever, will Kirk. He's outlasted all the others (including 'cousin' Burt Lancaster, Cary Grant and James Stewart). Will he outlast DT?

  3. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 22 months ago

    No, it was not prophetic. We have over seven billion people, and far more obese than starving - we have the calories to feed everyone, but it is distribution disrupted by war or sheer poverty that prevents some from getting food. And if we cut back on meat production, we could easily feed 10 billion with the current food production levels.
    Pollution is decreasing in the West, and as the developing world becomes richer, it will decrease there, too.
    The oceans are not dying. Acidification of the oceans is today's hype, just as acid rain was over-hyped in the 1970s or "OMG, all the rain forests are going to disappear" were said in the 1980s.
    Climate change is what they called global warming when it stopped warming around 2000, and they like that title better since it covers everything from ice to heatwaves, hurricanes to lack of storms.
    Yet for the political left, "for the planet" is their default justification for all totalitarian policies. We know this because they had the same demands for population control, censorship, rationing and total control when the 1970s scare was a new ice age.

 
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