As this science fiction classic opens, botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) has spent eight years aboard the space freighter 'Valley Forge' preserving the only botanical specimens left on earth under huge Geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home Lovell rebels and hijacks the freighter, killing his fellow crewmen, injuring himself and plunging the craft into the gaseous rings of Saturn. From that moment on, he has only the trees, the gardens and two 'Drone' robots, Huey and Dewey, to keep him company in the loneliest adventure of all.
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- Silent Running review by Jawbreaker
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Silent Running was years ahead of its time, promoting an environmental message. The main character played superbly by Bruce Dern, develops a fondness of his robotic companions, as opposed to his human colleagues. Unlike many of the science fiction films of the era, it lacks dramatic effects, a huge 2001 space opera theme, lasers or explosions. Instead its a much more personal and intimate take of a man faced with some difficult decisions. WALL-E was heavily influenced by Huey and Dewey, as the robots develop unique identities and overcome their limited technology.