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Silent Running

4 Ratings: 1.8
Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Douglas Trumbull

After creating many of the innovative special effects for2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas Trumbull tried his hand at directing, and 1971'sSilent Runningmarked an impressive debut. (In addition to creating the visual effects forClose Encounters of the Third … see full wiki

Director: Douglas Trumbull
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
3 reviews about Silent Running
review by . August 31, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
I think you really just need to go into this film knowing that it is kitchy and campy and sappy and silly (and at the same time quite profound and wonderful) -- so that none of that gets in the way of admiring the boldness of a filmmaker who would organize a (relatively) big budget sci fi film around such a powerful and blunt critique of our attitudes to the environment. If you just let yourself know in advance that part of what you are going to get is hippies in space, then you can set aside any …
review by . December 19, 2003
There are so many dated things about this movie...it's hard to know where to start! Bruce Dern's opening costume...he looks like Jesus / a hippie. The Joan Baez tracks. The oh-so-70s environmental message. The STAR TREK level instrument panels. The hair styles.It's fascinating to see what was for 1971-72 the cutting edge of special effects. The movie was directed by guy who did effects for 2001:A SPACE ODESSEY, so you know they're good. And they actually still hold up fairly well. The plot of the …
review by . March 15, 2003
There is not a great deal I have that's positive to say about this movie. First off, it's heavily derivative, especially of Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey: Alone in deep space, things get very weird, equipment fails, innocent astronatus die, remaining crew go through a psychedelic space trip hurtling through the rings of Saturn and nothing else makes a lot of sense. Switching things around so it is the meatware that goes bonkers doesn't really alter this fact. But its "grand" scheme is where similarities …
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