“IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU RUN!” Last week for Flashback Friday we ran with Logan, so I figured, why not keep up the sci-fi exercise with a 1972 film called SILENT RUNNING.
All vegetation on earth is gone. The only remnants of it are grown in greenhouse spaceships orbiting the planet. But when Astronaut and caretaker Freeman Lowell is given orders to destroy the greenhouses and bring the spaceships back for corporate use, Lowell makes a desperate escape into deep space with his shipmate robots.
This film was heavy into the ‘Save the Earth’ theme. Which is ironic, because there was no saving the earth in the film, it was already done for. The story was more on the idea that the nature of earth should be saved, even if no one would ever see it again. I believe I watched this movie on TV in the mid seventies, a few years after its theatrical release. The idea of it had an impact for sure. You especially had to love the little robots that were helping Lowell, who was played by Bruce Dern. This was absolutely a ‘One Man against the Corporate Machine” type of film. And the somewhat solitary performance of Dern interacting with only speechless robots was something to remember. It wasn’t action packed, but if you liked MOON with Sam Rockwell, then you should get an appreciation of this 1972 Sci-fi classic. The ending was very pretty meaningful.
Apologies for the late Flashback. I was writing it late last night and the power went out. Curse those evil Sun Flares.
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