Film of the day: Silent Running

Silent Running - Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern stars in this intelligent ecological sci-fi drama as Freeman Lowell, the lone human crew member on the Valley Forge, a vast spacecraft carrying the remnants of post-apocalypse earth’s plant life. But when he’s ordered to destroy his precious cargo, and his robot crewmates are ready to comply, Lowell must take drastic action.

It’s unsurprising that the film is visually impressive, given that it was the directorial debut of special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, Tree of Life), but Silent Running’s greatest strength is perhaps its poignant pathos, and its environmental message is at least as relevant now as it was when the film was released.

Film of the day: Silent Running – Wednesday at 02.30am on Film4.