Silent Running (1972)


“On Earth, everywhere you go, the temperature is 75 degrees. Everything is the same; all the people are exactly the same. Now what kind of life is that?” – Freeman Lowell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A scientist on a futuristic space station does all he can to try and save the last vestige of plant life after he is ordered to destroy it by his superiors.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about it.

The premise is quite interesting even though they fail to make it more engaging for the viewer.

The lead character played by Bruce Dern feels a bit too schizophrenic because his personality keeps changing throughout the course of the film.

This is problematic because he lacks a consistency expected from someone like him.

The social message about saving the world’s plant life and vegetation is quite blatant here and they repeat this message in both subtle and straightforward ways.

The interactions that he has with the three robots on the ship is interesting to watch because he reprograms them to do some very strange things in order to help him not feel so alone during his time in space.

The film uses minimal special effects in order to make things seem more realistic and believable and they are successful in making things seem plausible.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that isn’t realized well enough. The character played by Dern is very schizophrenic in his actions and can’t always be counted upon to be consistent in all that he does. The film has a very blatant social message that is repeated over and over.  The interactions with the various robots is also interesting to watch because of the way that Dern tries to reprogram them to be better company for himself along the way. The special effects are minimal, yet still work here in making this realistic.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To keep costs down, Trumbull hired college students for modelmaking and other such special effects work. One of them, John Dykstra, went on to a distinguished special effects career of his own. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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