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The thing about Soylent Green was that it was supposed to have been a movie adaptation of Harry Harrison's novel "Make Room! Make Room!" which was a pretty serious look at the social problems in a population explosion. (Harrison always was an under-rated SF writer in my opinion.) There were no people being ground up for food in the novel, and if I recall correctly Harrison denounced the adaptation later.
Interesting, Steve. I knew it was based on Harrison's novel, but didn't know the people/food part wasn't in the book.
I don't plan on seeing this one personally... the premise doesn't interest me. I liked District 9, although its messages really hit you over the head.
Hey I'm just glad they're using 1970's cars as shorthand for crappy, downtrodden society. It's like they're finally admitting the 70's sucked.
I watched it online the other night. I wasn't impressed. Plus all the progressive politicking annoyed me.