Dystopian

Elysium

Set roughly 140 years in the future, the film finds the Earth ravaged by pollution and overpopulation, resulting in the über-rich fleeing to the idyllic titular space station where the air is clean, the grass is green, technology has rendered disease nonexistent and the swarthy, unwashed masses – including factory worker Max (Matt Damon) – …

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Theo James, Divergent

Theo James to join Shailene Woodley in Divergent

March 13, 2013–Summit Entertainment has announced the casting of actor Theo James (Downton Abbey, Underworld: Awakening) in Divergent (directed by Neil Burger), an adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s hot young adult dystopian book series. Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based …

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The Hunger Games

Naysayers will want to compare The Hunger Games (and the forthcoming movie sequels) to The Twilight Saga, or to other stories with similar surface plots, like The Running Man or Japan’s Battle Royale. But where Twilight‘s lead young woman is crippled by her love being torn between two male protectors, The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen …

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The Road

The Road

The Road is easily the bleakest, most nightmarish movie I’ve seen in a long time, but it’s also the most touching.  As readers of the Cormac McCarthy novel know, we are dropped without explanation into a post-apocalyptic world where a Man (Viggo Mortensen) and his Boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are struggling to survive.  Food is beyond scarce, some have …

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Blindness

Blindness‘ “What if?” scenario is along the lines of such sci-fi/horror stories as Children of Men, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, or 28 Days Later. Something happens beyond everyone’s control, sending humanity into a panic, and reducing everyone to mere animals to survive. The film opens with a man (Yusuke Iseya) sitting in city traffic, and then …

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