Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR favorite “Dystopian Future”?

12 monkeysMany films take a bleak look ahead at the eventual destination of society. The so-called “Dystopian future” often features miserable living conditions, repressive governments, or post-apocalyptic worlds.

The opposite of Utopia, Dystopia is a hell on earth. It’s a common setting for sci-fi films. “Blade Runner”, “12 Monkeys”, “Children of Men”… there’s no shortage of films that envision a world we would NOT want to live in.

What’s your favorite? Or least favorite, for that matter, since it’s a negative? “Dark City”? The Mad Max series? The Terminator films? Here’s a list of some for those in need of suggestions.

Whatever it is about a bleak future full of despair, Hollywood is at no shortage of films about it. Which ones are YOUR favorites?


165 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR favorite “Dystopian Future”?

  1. I’m not even the hugest fan of the movie, but for some reason “Brazil” is the first thing that came to mind.

    Looking at the Wiki list, it’s pretty tough to top Metropolis and/or La JetΓ©e.

    Honestly… the one I enjoy the most? Idiocracy.

  2. Since its added to many lists my first choice would be The world of Firefly/Serenity followed closely by Looper. They are both full of hope and though tough, a place you still can survive in.

  3. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury was more prescient then he knew. But instead of people’s minds storing books, computers do. Strong resistance to this from people like my wife. I guess reading books on a machine isn’t really the same as a book. When all books are computerized, what do we do with the old books? Burn them?

  4. A little vocabulary lesson of your own there Fogs?… “The opposite of Utopia, Dystopia is a hell on earth.” LOL. I jest, sir. I know how easy it can be. πŸ˜‰

    As for the question itself… I think you know me well enough to know what my favourite would be here. So many to choose from but I always stick with same one. πŸ™‚

  5. One that first comes to mind is the Hunger Games….probably because I just rewatched it a few days ago. Also maybe V for Vendetta, The Island, and I, Robot…I really do need to watch more sci-fi films because that is all that is coming to mind right now haha.

    • Geez, Minako, you came up with 4 answers, I don’t think you’re coming up short or anything! LOL πŸ˜€

      The Hunger Games sequel is looking good… Ive seen that trailer a few times recently, and its really got me psyched to see it! πŸ˜€

      • Lol, I guess I’m not doing that bad.
        And yeah that sequel is looking awesome! I’m super excited for it, it’ll be interesting to see how it differs from the first because of the change of directors.

  6. Book of Eli, though that’s really more apocalyptic than dystopian. If not that, then maybe Minority Report for the general uncertainty everyone lived with, potential for corruption, etc. Children of Men is an interesting one, though a dystopian world it plays on the hope for the future.

    • Children of Men is a great flick, it’s been mentioned a couple of times now, solid answer.

      I wonder if the whole pre-cog Minority Report world would make things better or not. There was no privacy whatsoever, mind you, but they definitely seemed to have crime on lock down!

  7. Brazil! The frustrating of being buried in endless bureaucracy with no common sense scares the bejesus out of me!

    • LOL. The timing of all of these was pretty funny. Saw you responded to my comment above as I was working through these πŸ˜€

      Blade Runner is awesome, what can you say? Surprised it isn’t everyone’s answer πŸ˜‰

  8. A Scanner Darkly was super cool. Death Race was really awesome along with In Time having a good concept even though it wasn’t a good movie. But those are just secondary, I’d say the best dystopian world would be Hunger Games.

    • Hunger Games is getting a lot of love here today for such a new film! They do do a great job in that series of creating an entire World…. I’m really stoked for the second one, it’s one of my most anticipated movies of the second half!

      Scanner Darkly is a great movie, too, happy to hear you’re a fan of that one. Such a great cast!! 😯

  9. Interesting question today Fogs! Hmmm, I think Blade Runner and Children of Men reveal a compelling dystopian future, though I don’t know if I want to live in that universe, ahah. I think the world in Minority Report (not sure if it’s considered dystopian or not) with the flying cars are awesome!! πŸ˜€

    • Those three are all pretty popular choices today, and for good reason. I wonder how bad life would be in the world of Minority Report though… I mean, obviously Cruise’s character has issues what with the drugs and the dead family and all, but the majority of that world looked kind of cool… like you said, the flying cars, etc. No privacy at ALL though 😯 LOL

  10. Probably Blade Runner, Minority Report ideas with oracles are pretty cool too. Vanilla Sky with the idea of living in your designed dreams is awesome as well πŸ™‚

    • LOL. Nice avatar.

      Meanwhile, Vanilla Sky is a cool movie, but kind of a tough one. I think it’s really supposed to be an extended metaphor for life/death/rebirth, but on the plain surface level, I don’t know that it all works all that well 😦

  11. Hell Comes To Frogtown. Hardly any fertile men, and lots of fertile women. Well, someone has to help with the repopulation program, right? Only trouble is, Roddy Piper ends up with a bomb strapped to his cock to stop him running away. And then there’s the giant mutant frogs. Great movie.

    • Oh geez, dude, “The Road” 😯 That’s like the bleakest movie in the history of bleak movies 😯 Eesh.

      Of course for this discussion that’s a nice choice. As is Children of Men, but you were the first to mention the Road. πŸ˜‰

  12. I guess I’ll throw in another vote for Blade Runner and Demolition Man. This proved to be a tougher question than I thought… somehow the number of dystopian movies greatly exceeds the number of good dystopian movies.

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