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Rating:

Food For Thought

Main Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Edward G. Robinson

Director: Richard Fleischer

An old sci-fi idea spiffed-up and drawn out, this is a pretty good take on the sub-genre.

Through the creepy montage at the beginning we are suppose to get a sense of technology slowly polluting the land- or is it just too many people? Either way it isn’t a good thing for the planet, and we end up with a dirty, overcrowded place where few have much and most have nothing.

Thorn (Heston) is a cop, mostly decent but with a liking of the richer luxuries of life. He is called in to investigate the murder of a very rich man (who is killed right after the montage). Thorn suspects something more than just a random burglary gone bad. Is he right? Well, I’ll leave that for you to discover, although I will say that if it were that simple there wouldn’t be a story.

The feel of the world is dark and opportunistic. I liked how they fleshed out one simple idea through Thorn’s investigation. Which leads to a secret, which really isn’t one if you’ve been paying even mild attention. True, the movie has a “message”, but it doesn’t beat you over the head, except the ending. It’s wrapped up in a good story, though, and very good scenery.

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