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.
Unique science fiction
- Silent Running review by CP Customer
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.
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A CGI Free Sci/Fi Classic
- Silent Running review by Spoons
Ok so we know that CGI wasn't around in the 70's but that just goes to show that you don't need overblown SFX to make a great science fiction movie. Silent Running has to be the minimalist, gentlest sci/fi film ever and it's fantastic for it. Bruce Dern is fantastic and gives the viewer a real sense of isolation and the relationship between him and the two drones is strangely touching. The end scene will tug at even the hardest of heart strings. I saw this back in the 70's and it's subject matter is still relevant today. If you or you're children grew up watching overblown space/super hero epics, then I urge you to check this out. It may just change your perspective of how a real science fiction film should be made.