The End Is Awesome: Six Best Dystopian Movies

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Brazil
Where would we be without Terry Gilliam's beautifully innovative mind? A little emptier, probably, considering all the wacky things he's given the world over the years. No one could compile a list of the best dystopian films without mentioning the genius that is Brazil (although an honorable mention is well-deserved for Twelve Monkeys). You can practically hear Kate Bush's voice seducing you the minute you read that title, recalling all the wild images the film presents. It's got romance, constant delights and thrills, and a protagonist that just dreams about getting out of the crazy, government controlled, technology-heavy world he's stuck in.

Never Let Me Go
The films that always seem to come to mind when talking about dystopian themes are always these big sci-fi heavy works (like all three of the already mentioned). They're more epic in scale than anything else. Every once in a while, though, we're treated to something small-scale, like Mark Romanek's touching adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. The characters exist only as organ donors for transplants. Choosing to focus on a simple relationship between characters who are bound for death from the very start seems futile, but it only makes the film all the more heart-wrenching.

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usafjhon
usafjhon

What happened to Orwell's "1984" movie or Gattaca? 

René
René

Nvm most believable: Escape from LA

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Frank, we will pretend you never said that. Kubrick is spinning in his grave!

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

Miami New Times you forgot about Elysium!!!!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

you forgot to mention a whole bunch of movies but one of them should be A.I.

René
René

The most believable dystopian classic to me is Huxley's Brave New World, except I don't recall ever seeing a movie adaptation of it. 1984 is a close second, and it's fairly sleepy-good to watch.

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