It’s remarkable to me how time passes. I don’t ponder this every single day, but when I am reminded of a movie or other event from my childhood, I can’t help but take a step back and reflect. I don’t know what I was looking for online but I ran across a web page describing the movie Soylent Green. And with perfect timing my daughter walked by, glanced at my screen, and ask what’s “Soylent Green?” Now, you’re either laughing along or shaking your head, no idea what I’m talking about.
It was 40 years ago today that Soylent Green was released. The action takes place in New York City, where I lived but set in 2022, which no longer seems so far off. The population has exploded and NYC grew to an insane 40 million (from the 7 or so million at the time) and food was in short supply. As a 10 year old who was both a fan of science fiction and aware of the issues that faced the world, poverty, hunger, over population, this movie made an impression on me.
1973 also produced Westworld, “Where nothing can go worng,” The Exorcist, which I wish I hadn’t seen at 10, and Ralph Bakshi’s Heavy Metal, an animated movie that got an X rating. I’ve been meaning to see it, still.