August 2016: Scavenger Hunt #17
TASK #16: A post-apocalyptic film!
Also known as People. A lot of the time, filmmakers often think that works of science fiction can be compelling if you add more action and effects in there. They think wrong. All you need is a strong script, good acting, and solid direction, and Soylent Green offers those in spades. Not only does this feature one of the late great Charlton Heston's best performances but also one of his surprisingly more restrained ones as well. Richard Fleischer's handling of the dark post-apocalyptic atmosphere is very deft and he keeps things moving at a good pace. A lot of the time, this film is very effective, and even downright creepy at points, and yet overall, it's oddly quite insightful. I knew about the classic twist before seeing this, so I never felt any surprise or impact, so it's best to see this gem by going in blind.