Dystopian movies come eerily close to the real life. One look at the world(s) portrayed in these movies and you will understand the uneasy sensation many people, I for one, get when they watch flicks like Blade Runner, Soylent Green or Escape from New York.
Personally what I find the most disconcerting about these movies is how often they extrapolate some current and very real social trends and popular ideas, and take them to their logical extreme, and, quite in sync with the general pessimistic tone of dystopia, expose them as dehumanizing and oppressive.
Surely nobody believes that the fixation with cloning as depicted in Gattaca, or the thought crime from Nineteen Eighty-Four, or the emotion offense envisioned in Equilibrium, or the male-centered theocracy in Handmaid's Tale, could ever be real.
Or that one day an epidemic of infertility like the one which plagues mankind in Children of Men would ever take place in the real world?
But ask yourselves, could all these dreadful things, freaky concepts and terrible political systems, not be real under certain conditions?
And what would it take for such conditions to arise? And what if
some of those conditions are already in place but it's just that we
can't recognize them as such? SF writer Terry Persun sent us his thoughts.
Dependence on technology, social divisions, reliance on medications, sexual inequality, infringement of privacy, biological manipulation, political oppression and censorship as well as self-censorship, to name just a few staples of dystopia, have been around for quite a while, and all too often do these notions, and many more explored in dystopian movies, encroach on our everyday lives.
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On reflection, dystopian movies, far from showing just another imaginary place, feature a world rather close to that we all live in. Too close for comfort.
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