"Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!"
Description: Charlton Heston as New York police Detective Thorn reveals an awful truth in the science fiction classic Soylent Green (1973).
Detective Thorn is a police officer in the year 2222 where the world is over-populated, polluted, the food sources are scarce and Marshal Law has been declared everywhere. It is common riot control practice to send collection vehicles with large scoops to clear the streets of troublemakers.
"First stage removal. First stage removal. Streets prohibited to non-permits in one hour. Streets prohibited to non-permits in one hour."
To satisfy the hunger of the citizenry, a new food source called "Soylent green" developed by the Soylent Industries is issued the people. One of Soylent Industries commercials proclaims: "Brought to you by Soylent red and Soylent yellow, high energy vegetable concentrates, and new, delicious, Soylent green. The miracle food of high-energy plankton gathered from the oceans of the world."
When Wiliam R. Simonson, an executive from Soylent Industries is found murdered in his Chelsea Towers West apartment, Det. Thorn is assigned to investigate the crime, allegedly committed during a burglary attempt.
Upon further investigation Thorn discovers that the executive was executed and reports his findings to Hatcher, his supervisor (Peter Brock).
|Hatcher:||What's the story with the Simonson homicide?|
|Det. Thorn:||It was carefully set up to make it look like he was killed after he caught some punk burglarizing his apartment.|
|Hatcher:||What do you think it was?|
|Det. Thorn:||It was an assassination. A well-planned assassination.|
|Hatcher:||You know this for a fact?|
|Det. Thorn:||Four reasons. One: the alarm system in the building was out of order for the first time in two years. Two: the bodyguard who was supposed to be protecting him was conveniently out shopping. Three: the punk that broke into the apartment didn't take anything. And four: the punk who killed Simonson was no punk because he used a meat hook instead of a gun to make it look like a punk.|
|Hatcher:||Well, if the punk didn't take anything from the apartment, what did you take?|
|Det. Thorn:||Everything I could lay my hands on.|
As Thorn continues to dig into the case he earns the ire of Governor Santini and other powerful men who want him to cease his investigation. Then a breakthrough in the case is revealed by Thorn's research partner, Sol (Edward G. Robinson). Sol is constantly reminding Thorn, "When I was a kid, you could buy meat anywhere! Eggs they had, real butter! Not this...crap!"
Learming the truth about Soylent green, a disheartened Sol goes to a Death Center to experience a controlled suicide. Thorn rushes to stop him, but once the ceremony has started, it can't be interrupted. All Thorn can do is communicate through a microphone. As Sol dies, he tells Thorn, "I've lived too long. I love you," and then reveals what he has learned.
As Sol's body is taken away, Thorn follows a corpse disposal truck to a factory and learns the dead bodies are being processed into “Soylent green” cubes. Yikes!!! Apparently, the world's oceans are exhausted and the men in power had to seek another food source to feed its citizens.
Escaping with the startling news, Thorn flees back to the city and reports his fantastic finding to Hatcher, his police supervisor. Shot and dying, Thorn pleads for help.
|Det. Thorn:||It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!|
|Hatcher:||I promise, Tiger. I promise. I'll tell the exchange.|
|Det. Thorn:||You tell everybody. Listen to me, Hatcher. You've gotta tell them! Soylent Green is people! We've gotta stop them somehow!|