Cinematic visions of the future

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  1. Miabifilms macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,
    I'm on a quest to see as many movie interpretations of the future as I can. But I'm looking for a specific type of vision. It's sort of that reimagined city, usually under some form of totalitarian rule. The architecture is usually very bleak and rigid. Sometimes dystopian, sometimes not. I guess i'm talking about Cyberpunk, but I'm trying not to limit it like that. They can be big budget blockbusters or cheesy low budget movies or anything in between.

    Here are some examples in my head. I think the first 4 are closest to what I'm imagining.

    Dredd
    Equilibrium
    Aeon Flux
    THX-1138
    Total Recall
    RoboCop
    Minority Report
    The Matrix
    Gattaca
    Batman beyond
    Blade Runner
    Demolition Man
     
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    Dark City and Metropolis came to mind right away.

    You mentioned that they may not always be dystopian, but you may want to check out this list as well for more ideas:
    List of dystopian films
     
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    Back to The Future 2 is technically still a vision of the future for a few more months. (At first glance it doesn't seem like a bleak dystopia, but consider how quickly people receive sentences in court, the fact that the police take unconscious people home rather than to a hospital, and that your employer is constantly monitoring your calls)
     
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    You beat me to it. Easily one of the most memorable (and oppressive) settings in recent film.

    edit: Seven would also be good for reference. It's not particularly strange or futuristic, but the style is worth paying attention to.
     
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    Viddy Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange", oh my droog.
     
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    I, Robot. Decade old film and still not there yet but making progress towards it.
     
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    Why would you seek only a dark view of the future? I have hope that if the human race survives, it will find its way to the relatively boring Socialist Eutopia, unless using a spiritual framework, our time on Earth is ment to be an eternal adversarial mortal test. Then bring on the dark! ;)
     
  9. Miabifilms thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys,
    I actually had Dark City on the list but took it off. Maybe I haven't seen it in a while, but that's more Sci-fi than future-gazing no? it's a beautiful looking movie, but not exactly what i'm looking for.

    I've actually never seen Metropolis so i'll put that on my weekend watch-list.

    Brazil and Clockwork Orange are great ones. What else is there? I find it strange that architecture is always one of 2 ways.. it's either really clean and bright like the space station in 2001 or dark and concrete like Dredd.
     
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    Book of Eli and Children of Men come to mind.
     
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    I love Book of Eli..

    Also Lord of the Flies.
     
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    Book of Eli and Fahenheight 451 get big thumbs up!

    I'll add, Planet of the Apes, The Post Man, Terminator series, Sleeper, Star Trek eco system, and The Time Machineoriginal and remake, Soylant Green and The Omega Man.
     
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    Socialist eutopia? Like the one Hitler, Stalin & Mao spoke of? Somehow socialist eutopias tend to end up not being such a good idea.

    On topic: I think Running Man was not mentioned.
     
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    No, like Star Trek Next Generation. :)
     
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    Escape from New York, Mad Max The Road Warrior, Logan's Run (although this is not quite as dark).

    And the 1968 Planet of the Apes.
     
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    Strange Days
    Johnny Mnemonic
    Tron and Tron: Legacy
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    AI
    Alien (whole series)
    Elysium
    Gamer
    Surrogates
    Renaissance
    Ghost in the Shell (Anime)
    Divergent
    Hunger Games
    Oblivion
    Looper
    In Time
    Resident Evil
    Priest
    Repo Men
    eXistenZ - one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen
    The Fifth Element
    12 Monkeys
    Ultraviolet
    The Island
     
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    Strange Days
    Soylent Green

    And of course the best movie ever made:

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    Don't forget to bring mescaline instead of popcorn ;)
     
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    You took all my answers :mad:
     
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    Why didn't anyone suggest Blade Runner! It's the one older movie that still looks great today.
     
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    It was mentioned up thread. One of my favorite movies, BTW. It's always fun to see the ads for now-defunct companies at the beginning, plus the CRTs.

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    I know it was a TV show, but how about Max Headroom?
     

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