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August 23, 2008

Soylent Green (1973)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/

– What is Predictive Programming?
– Alan Watt – Predictive Programming; Theory and Practice
– Vyzygoth Interviews Phillip and Paul Collins – Invoking the Beyond (Predictive Programming)

Synopsis:

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A tale of Earth in despair in 2022. Natural food like fruits, vegetables, and meat among others are now extinct. Earth is overpopulated and New York City has 40 million starving, poverty stricken people. The only way they survive is with water rations and eating a mysterious food called Soylent. A detective investigates the murder of the president of the Soylent company. The truth he uncovers is more disturbing than the Earth in turmoil when he learns the secret ingredient of Soylent Green. Written by Mystic80

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/plotsummary

Thematic PP elements:

  1. The setting of the movie elaborates on a very simple but alarming scenario, which is, if we’re heading for (global) overpopulation then this is what will happen to you. So right from the start, the public is imbued with fear for overpopulation. The distinction between what is overpopulation and what is not remains an arbitrary one though. Unfortunately however, as they always do, unquestionably the government will claim the role of decisive arbiter and trust on moral support of the docile and gullible public.This programs the public, again on the basis of fear, to accept and support governmental future measures aimed at combating and reducing over-population. The ‘exemplary’ precedent of the country of China comes to mind in which fear for overpopulation has successfully been solidified into an overall effective public support of birth restrictive policies.
  2. The Elite are living the good life in totally cordoned off sections from ‘the masses’. The discrepancy between the rich and the poor is thus accentuated and leaves the viewer a little more trained to, one day, accept this difference in standards of living.

Suggested PP elements:

  1. The movie suggests a general sense of an elevated atmospheric temperature. The correlation of overpopulation with temperature seems evident. This may program the public to accept guilt and responsibility for it being the cause of global warming. As such, the groundwork for public acceptance of a carbon tax has been put into being.
  2. Assaulting a police officer, even the lesser offensive ones, will get you life in prison, the movie explains. This will train the public to blindly accept the authority of the police, making them literally untouchable.
  3. Rental apartments for the rich, by default, seem to come with inventory prostitutes (“furniture”). This familiarizes the public with the degrading and dehumanizing capacity a female might serve in the future.
  4. There’s a blatant form of ‘assisted suicide’ instituted for the elderly people. This helps train the public to accept some governmental imposed form of euthanasia, since it is implied that the earth cannot sustain itself bearing too many humans.



My other analyses (oldest first, newest last):

Children of Men (2006)
300 (2006)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Soylent Green (1973)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
The Kingdom (2007)
The Invasion (2007)
Shoot em Up (2007)
John Rambo (2008 )
I, Robot (2004)
Cloverfield (2008 )
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Starship Troopers 3 – Marauder (2008 )
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008 )
Code 46 (2003)
Equilibrium (2003)
Gattaca (1997)
Minority Report (2002)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Things to Come (1936)
Swordfish (2001)
Independence Day (1996)
Death Race (2008 )
Bee Movie (2007)
The Happening (2008 )
Cyborg Girl – Boku no kanojo wa saib�gu (2008 )
Transformers (2007)
Survivors (2008 ) – BBC TV Series – Part 1of6
Survivors (2008 ) – BBC TV Series – Part 2of6
Survivors (2008 ) – BBC TV Series – Part 3of6
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 )
I Am Legend (2007)
Robocop (1987) – Promoting the Militarization of Police
Dark Knight (2008) – Excusing the Rude & Stoic Strongman Crime Fighter

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by Phil — July 26, 2009 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  2. […] The action takes place in New York City in the year 2022, where half of its 40 mil­lion inhab­i­tants are unem­ployed. Even more, water, food and elec­tric­ity are run­ning low, so they have to be rationed. Although high-placed indi­vid­u­als can obtain what­ever they want, for the rest there is only one type of food called “soy­lent” (in real life: a com­bi­na­tion of soybeans and lentil). The city is a tes­ta­ment to the decay­ing human con­di­tion: cars, churches and hall­ways are being used as liv­ing quar­ters, peo­ple wear old ragged clothes and pol­lu­tion is in the air. Image source: http://horrornews.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Soylent-Green-photo-3.jpg […]

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