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Favourite Dystopian Sci-Fi films??

ben taylor

almost 3 years ago

I am currently writing a script on a Dystopian planet. I was wondering if we could come up with a definitive list of influential Dystopian flicks.
Here’s my first thoughts:

Outland
THX 1138
Moon
Silent running
Soylent Green
1984

Gulazha​r

almost 3 years ago

“O-Bi, O-Ba – The End of Civilization” ( Piotr Szulkin, Poland, 1985) – a very interesting one

Carlos Figueir​edo

almost 3 years ago

Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

Z. Bart

almost 3 years ago

Logan’s Run. A utopian world turns dystopian the moment one turns 30.

Brad S.

almost 3 years ago

Blade Runner
Brazil
Children of Men

Pierre

almost 3 years ago

Colossus: The Forbin Project
Alphaville
La jetée
Stalker
Sleep Dealer
Akira
2046
Renaissance
A Scanner Darkly
Timecrimes

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

gattaca
12 monkeys
city of lost children
dark city
the matrix
escape from new york
minority report
v for vendetta
a clockwork orange
metropolis

Thrift Store Junkie

almost 3 years ago

World on a Wire (1973, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Vlad C.

almost 3 years ago

Apart from those already mentioned, Luc Besson’s silent film debut Le Dernier Combat deserves a shout.

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

and d’oh, the terminator. i love that movie :)
don’t know if alien qualifies? maybe aliens instead

toodead

almost 3 years ago

visitor of a museum – lopushansky
on the silver globe – zulawski
kin-dza-dza – daneliya

Doctor Lemongl​ow

almost 3 years ago

I guess you have to include the Charlton Heston “Doomsday Trilogy” (Soylent Green, The Omega Man, The Planet of the Apes.)

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Mad Max or Road Warrior.

Also:

Silent Running (1972) Douglas Trumbull

Code 46 (2003) Michael Winterbottom

Rollerball (1975) Norman Jewison The original was especially bleak.

Zardoz (1974) John Boorman (from which the Book of Eli stole a key plot point)

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

A Boy and His Dog

Brad S.

almost 3 years ago

A Boy and His Dog

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

Beat you!! HA!

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

damn. also robocop :D

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

Gattaca
The Fifth Element

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

gag i hate the fifth element. but w’ever :p

edit: sorry, that was rude. lol

i’ll go away now….

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

Ben, would you mind giving us your definition of waht a Dystopia is? It seems the definition can vary.

Random House dictionary says:
a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

Collins English dictionary says:
an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be

Wikipedia says:
A dystopia is, in literature, an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.

There are some differences in those definitions.

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

gag i hate the fifth element. but w’ever :p

How come? It’s one of my very favorite movies!

Nathan M.

almost 3 years ago

I’d like to second A Boy and his Dog and Logan’s Run. Those two, though they have their faults, seem to get overlooked a lot.

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

i think it’s just the combination of bruce willis, milla jovovich and chris tucker. each are barely tolerable on their own but all in the same film? NO. just my personal idiosyncrasy

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

Hahaha, fair enough. Chris Tucker is so strangely irritating in this film, but it’s very much on purpose. That doesn’t mean you still can’t hate it. And Milla in this movie was one of my first cinematic crushes when I was in early high school so that probably contributed to the infatuation of the film as a whole. Or maybe the film as a whole contributed to the infatuation with her. I think it worked both ways.

Oh, and what about Gary Oldman???

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

umm i think he’s a little over the top but he seems to be having fun! awesome haircut too :)

Rissela​da

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

the sets are all pretty great though. What do you think of that at least for a futuristic kind of thing?

Doctor Lemongl​ow

almost 3 years ago

Good points raised by Risselda. If by dystopia we mean a utopia gone wrong, or an ostensible utopia that was never desirable in the first place, then Fahrenheit 451 goes on the list.

Erdiawa​n

almost 3 years ago

Stalker
Tetsuo the Iron Man
Metropolis

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

ok it did have an interesting look and nice cinematography :)

ben taylor

almost 3 years ago

Thankyou so much for your suggestions….Risselada i would like to adhere to your former admission… ’a society characterized by human misery….etc. ’

Castor Troy

almost 3 years ago

Haven’t seen anyone mention Never Let Me Go :)