The End Is Awesome: Six Best Dystopian Movies

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The End of Evangelion
I had to include an animated film. It could have been Fantastic Planet, A Scanner Darkly, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, or even Rintaro's Metropolis (inspired by Fritz's Lang masterpiece of the same name), but The End of Evangelion offers more than meets the eye. Not only is it one of the best follow-up sequels to a television series (Neon Genesis Evangelion), but it's such a fine exploration of one character's complete and utter psychological breakdown. The fun of apocalyptic scenarios and giant humanoid robots are all but shoved aside for the sake of introspection and existential crisis, and that's why it continues to stand above other mech-related works to this very date. There's no denying that Hideaki Anno's follow-up Evangelion Rebuild film series provide just as much of a stimulating experience for fans, but without The End, there would be no rebuild to speak of.

Children of Men
As nice as it was to see Alfonso Cuarón snag an Oscar this year for Gravity, it still really can't compare to the incredible work that is Children of Men. Plenty of films try to capture the chaotic nature of a world where morality is all but nonexistent, but they all fail where this one succeeds. It presents the bleakest of worlds (maybe not so bleak as McCarthy's The Road), but the tale of humanity's will to survive is strangely hopeful. The technical prowess on display is plain amazing, and it accommodates the tale of human nature into the wasteland being presented in a way that's as raw as it is accessible. It's a thoughtful thriller, and that's something we need a whole lot more of.

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11 comments
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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