YMMV / Soylent Green

  • Adaptation Displacement: Nobody has heard of the book (Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison), but most people have heard about the movie, or at least "It's people! Soylent Green is people!" Which, incidentally, isn't in the book — it's just a straight-up Crapsack World.
  • Anvilicious: If we don't do something about the overpopulation we're all going sleeping shoulder to shoulder in the streets and stairwells, until we're turned into green biscuits!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The dinner scene, when Thorn is treated to real food and uses a proper metal fork and knife.
  • Cult Classic
  • Fridge Logic: Lots of it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Roth's suicide. The actor playing him, Edward G. Robinson, was dying of cancer. Only Heston knew. And because of this, Heston's tears were real.
  • It Was His Sled: Soylent Green is people. Like "it was Earth All Along", It's now possibly the world's most poorly guarded secret, and has been parodied almost universally in Sci-Fi comedies and plenty of other places too.
  • Memetic Mutation: "It's people! Soylent Green is people!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Soylent green is made from people!"
    • The scoops. Imagine Trash Trucks converted with Bulldozers designed to scoop up the rioting populace. On the outside it seems like an important safety feature. However after the twist ending was revealed, it seemed that Thorn's prediction of the people being used as cattle came true.
    • The setting itself. The OCEANS ARE DEAD! The literal source of life on Earth is gone! This isnt a dystopia story anymore, this is a mass extinction event! The humane thing at this point would be to just make a Mercy Kill for the whole species because there's no recovering from this.
  • Squick: Depending on your squeamishness. The processed human flesh really doesnt resemble meat anymore, its just a wafer of protein. At that stage, its pretty academic.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The nature of Soylent Green is certainly ghoulish, but it is literally the only resource left; the populace has a Morton's Fork of either cannibalism or mass starvation.
  • Tear Jerker: Sol Roth's suicide.