The End Is Awesome: Six Best Dystopian Movies
The genre of dystopian fiction and film has been around forever, and it sure isn't stopping. Recent years have shown an abundance, and they've come in all kinds of forms; from adaptations of young adult literature (Hunger Games, Divergent) to visually stunning original works (Oblivion). While we can't forget a disaster or two (The Purge, In Time) that came along the way, we've been pretty lucky with them over the years.
Blade Runner is easily one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, and definitely a winner in dystopian fiction.
We here at Cultist are suckers for them, and with the upcoming release of Brick Mansions -- the parkour-heavy dystopian crime-drama starring the late Paul Walker and RZA - we see a perfect excuse to talk about our favorites.
Coming off his other masterpiece Alien, Ridley Scott delivers what could easily be considered the most influential science fiction film of all time. Is it completely different from Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Of course, they might as well not be related. But that's part of what makes it so damn great. Every shot of the world, even the ones that you could frame and hang on a wall, show just how much of a gritty and unfamiliar future the neo-noir is. As much as that attention to world building makes it great, Blade Runner would be nothing without characters as human as they are not.
We must be one in three people on the face of this earth who actually thinks Richard Kelly's Southland Tales is an incredibly misunderstood movie. It's an insanely ambitious work, emphasis on insane, and a far cry from his previous Donnie Darko. The alternate history of the US features all the trademarks of a dystopian society, and the characters that inhabit it are as enigmatic as they come. To say it occasionally borders a Lynchian style isn't a stretch, but many still consider it a train-wreck, or a fever dream they don't want to remember. To us, it's nothing but fascinating; a great blend of biting satire, ridiculous conspiracy, and a heavy horror/sci-fi sensibility. Not to mention it features one of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's best performances pre Pain & Gain.