Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(6,618 posts)
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 10:53 AM Sep 2023

Saw the movie Soylent Green again

I remember seeing this in the mid 70's. It takes place in 2022 lol. Sadly, watching this movie struck some parallels to what is happening today. The biggest thing is the homeless people all over the streets. Big cities are starting to mirror that. If we keep going the fascist route I am afraid we'll get very close to how society was depicted in that movie. The only difference would be that repug fascists wouldn't even try to feed anyone, they would just let people starve.

23 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Saw the movie Soylent Green again (Original Post) SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 OP
In this world today edhopper Sep 2023 #1
👆 Good one! Walleye Sep 2023 #2
I am sure it would have lots of added sugar and possibly some nicotine to keep up sales SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 #5
Not to mention McDonalds' Soylent Green value menu. Xavier Breath Sep 2023 #11
ROFL! SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 #21
That movie made an impression on me when it was new I saw it in the theater. I thought of it often Walleye Sep 2023 #3
Edward G. Robinson's last film. He was great. n/t Eyeball_Kid Sep 2023 #4
He was wonderful in Soylent Green Kennah Sep 2023 #8
Me too! Solomon Sep 2023 #18
I always wondered why nobody in that version of the future figured out birth control. betsuni Sep 2023 #6
It was probably outlawed by repuglicans SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 #7
And where did all those people go to the bathroom? betsuni Sep 2023 #9
Water was scarce. The environment was ruined SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 #10
:) Doesn't sound familiar to me, or look familiar. Soylent's a fantasy. Hortensis Sep 2023 #12
Maybe a fantasy nightmare. SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 #22
No. People aren't that stinky in real-time 2023. betsuni Sep 2023 #16
Sex was illegal in the future in Demolition Man Kennah Sep 2023 #20
The movie was supposed to take place in 2022 kimbutgar Sep 2023 #13
Edward G Robinson got to me. Kid Berwyn Sep 2023 #14
How bad could it REALLY get in the U.S.? Hortensis Sep 2023 #15
Perspective Johnny2X2X Sep 2023 #17
Nice sentiment SouthernDem4ever Sep 2023 #23
One of the best cheap special effects, low production values movie ever made. Great movie! marble falls Sep 2023 #19


(34,154 posts)
1. In this world today
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 10:56 AM
Sep 2023

when they found out Soylent Green is people, half would say "Well, it still taste pretty good." and go on eating.


(32,634 posts)
3. That movie made an impression on me when it was new I saw it in the theater. I thought of it often
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:11 AM
Sep 2023

Especially things like, strawberries, 50 bucks a jar. And then somehow even in all this dystopia, The wealth gap got even larger


(14,408 posts)
8. He was wonderful in Soylent Green
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:22 AM
Sep 2023

Whenever the wife watches The Ten Commandments, I have to leave the room, or I start laughing when he's on-screen as Dathan.

I cannot unhear his voice in The Ten Commandments done as Little Caesar.

"This guy Moses, see. Split the Red Sea, see."


(6,618 posts)
10. Water was scarce. The environment was ruined
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:25 AM
Sep 2023

So all resources were low, but just given to the rich. Hmm, sound familiar?


(6,618 posts)
22. Maybe a fantasy nightmare.
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 03:16 PM
Sep 2023

It shows what a society could be like if water were scarce, the earth was too hot and agriculture wasn't viable anymore. We are on our way there right now.


(26,601 posts)
16. No. People aren't that stinky in real-time 2023.
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 12:08 PM
Sep 2023

So why wasn't there a big Our Revolution of The People if the rich oligarchs took everything in that movie? Too stinky, not enough restrooms?

Kid Berwyn

(16,168 posts)
14. Edward G Robinson got to me.
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:55 AM
Sep 2023

At his end, he watched pictures of the world as it was.

Harry Harrison was a remarkable genius.


(58,785 posts)
15. How bad could it REALLY get in the U.S.?
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 12:02 PM
Sep 2023

One genuine, well respected climate change specialist -- among many being interviewed who worry that dystopian notions are vastly overdone and unrealistic -- tried to create context by explaining that, with all our troubles we'll have to deal with, our living conditions here won't "even" get as bad as the 1950s.

I remember the 1950s. We WERE much poorer as a nation because so much was much more expensive due to higher production costs, or not invented yet. Many (most) things were not nearly as nice as now.

Most people live now at Father Knows Best and I Love Lucy standards, but didn't then. AC was new and extremely popular, but many who needed it didn't have it; some didn't even have indoor plumbing. Life spans were more than a dozen years shorter. Young people didn't hop planes for distant vacations.

We don't want to go back to that, but people in advanced nations (and out of the worst-affected geographic zones) won't. We won't. A huge new task we now have, though, is battling the unrealistic dystopianism being pushed by malignant elements to discourage belief in futures we'd want -- and thus suppress voting for politicians with plans for not just meeting the challenge but building better.


(19,999 posts)
17. Perspective
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 12:11 PM
Sep 2023

Thanks. There's often a romanticization of the 50s when the 50s were not a great era to live in America, especially if you were a woman, a monority, or a child.

Joe Biden is dismanlting Trickle Down Economics, and taking us back from the brink. But my big fear is that climate change caused immigration at our Southern border will eventually get so bad that a Far Right strongman is able to seize power here for good. It doen't get talked about enough, but much of the current immigration at the SOuthern border is being driven by Global Warming. Farming in the mountains of Central America is no longer sustaining because of Climate Change, so people overcrwded the cities which taed the infrastructure there and caused the cities to be violent and awful, so people are leaving them to try to come to America.

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Saw the movie Soylent Gre...