259. Silent Running (dir. Douglas Trumbull, USA, 1972)
Lowell (Bruce Dern) finds himself alone on a soon-to-be-decommissioned spaceship, with the very last biodome of Earth flora.
A cult classic, but not one that I loved. There’s some nice stuff here, and the sets are wonderful - very much of their time. As a story, it’s disappointing; begins with a decent bit of set-up, 10 minutes of story, then there’s 70 minutes of world texture with no real development. Just a parade of little things which might be background detail in other films. I couldn’t get over how much this must have cost, and how much you could do with that budget today.
Verdict: well I nearly fell asleep in the middle but I didn’t, so.