Brazil is a 1985 dystopian sci-fi film that tells us the story of Sam Lowry, who is trying to find a woman appearing in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job. Set in a consumer-driven dystopian world, the people are highly dependent on the poorly maintained machines. This new world is dominated by a bureaucratic, totalitarian government which can go to an extreme extent in order to hide an error made by them that resulted in the death of an innocent man. Now Sam has to save the girl of his dreams and uncover the real truth behind the Government error.
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 crime film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Anthony Burgess and it tells the story of a charismatic and sociopathic Alex, portrayed by Malcolm McDowell. The plot of the film basically follows the violent crime spree of Alex and his gang as well as his capture and rehabilitation via controversial psychological reconditioning.
Loosely based on Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World, the film Demolition is basically about the rivalry between a crime lord and a valiant police officer. Both the crime lord and the police were cryogenically frozen and revived in 2032 to find a completely new world where the mainstream society has changed and the crime is almost eliminated. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes in the lead roles as the police officer and the crime lord respectively, Demolition Man is a film that talks about the adaptation of two men from the past to adjust with the new world and resume their rivalry.
THX-1138 is a dystopian sci-fi film from the 70s directed by George Lucas. The film is set in a distant future dystopia where the world population is controlled by Android police officers and with the mandatory use of drugs that are designed to suppress human emotions, especially the outlawed sexual desire. Starring Robert Duvall in the titular role, the film takes a drastic turn when THX gets romantically involved with LUH and an interesting saga of the chase for survival begins.
Metropolis is a classic silent film of 1927 directed by Fritz Lang. Set in the distant future dystopia, the film follows the story of a rich boy Freder and a poor girl Maria, who are trying to bridge the gap between the separating classes of their city. Starring Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frohlich, Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge in the lead roles, the film is among the best films in the science fiction genre and also among the first feature-length movies in its genre.
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner is another dystopian science fiction film that was developed into a franchise owing to the success of the demand in this genre. Based on the James Dashner’s novel of the same name, The Maze Runner is the first installment of The Maze Runner series and follows the story of a young boy named Thomas. Thomas finds himself on an elevator with no knowledge of how he got there. The elevator drops him in the middle of an intricate maze, where he finds a large number of boys struggling to survive and making attempts to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth or as we popularly call it, the maze.
Death Race is actually a franchise developed in 1975 with the release of Paul Bartel’s Death Race starring David Carradine, Simon Griffeth, and Sylvester Stallone. The basic theme of the film revolves around a murderous Transcontinental Road Race, which has become a national phenomenon for entertainment in the dystopian American society in the distant future. The screenplay of the film was adapted from the short story The Racer by Ib Melchior. Recently, the Death Race franchise was rebooted in 2008 with the release of Paul W. S. Anderson’s Death Race starring Jason Statham in the lead role. Following the moderate success of the film, two direct-to-video prequels were released titled Death Race 2 and Death Race 3: Inferno in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
Equilibrium is a 2002 sci-fi film starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs in pivotal roles. The film follows the story of John Preston, played by Christian Bale, who is an enforcement officer in the distant future Dystopia where feelings and artistic are considered as a criminal offense and in order to suppress human emotions, the residents are ordered to take daily injections of drugs. However, when Preston misses a dose one day, he starts experiencing emotions that he never felt before. These new emotions force him to question his morals and the rest of the film is about his quest to right the wrongs of the past.
Starring Vin Diesel in the lead role, Babylon A.D. is a 2008 science fiction film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. The story of the film is adapted from the novel Babylon Babies written by Maurice Georges Dantec. Babylon A.D. follows the story of a mercenary in the distant future named Toorop, played by Diesel, who takes up the contract from a Russian mobster to transport a young woman from a convent in Mongolia to the New York City. Although the task seems simple, Toorop must take a route that follows the towns and cities of Russia inhabited by dangerous and overpopulated slums owing to the war and terrorist activity.
The Island is yet another escape-from-dystopia themed film starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in the lead roles. Set in the distant future dystopia, the film tells us the story about an isolated structure away from the real world where the inhabitants are actually the human clones designed for organ harvesting and surrogate motherhood for the wealthy people in the outside world. The main protagonist of the film played by McGregor finds out this dark reality and successfully flees from The Island along with Johansson’s character. The rest of the film is about their survival and finding their respective originals.
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