Silent Running ★★★

Nicely thought up scenario about commercial spacecrafts that have been reconditioned to become greenhouses preserving the Earth's flora and fauna and the events that occur when the corporation orders the wildlife destroyed so the spaceships can be redeployed.

You've got to love seventies sci-fi aesthetics and these are particularly good. Bruce Dern is the environmentally passionate rebel and he captures a character who can relate to nature and (silent) artificial intelligence more than he can, his fellow humans. It's this personality that drives the narrative rather than a simple explanation of cabin fever psychosis that you normally see in this genre.

The plot itself ambles along gently and slowly to the degree that what you have here is a short story but with ambience rather than events.

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