Friday, May 26, 2017

Silent Running (1972)

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Dark, well-crafted sci-fi drama with excellent special effects and a laudable ecological message, but Bruce Dern's madman character is unnerving and muddles the whole movie.

Halliwell*: "Sombre futuristic fantasy, well made but slow and muddled in development."

Maltin***: "Space-age ecology tale...Interesting film..."

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