Walking in a dystopian wonderland

Dystopia (dis-TOH-pee-uh) – a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

As I said before, one of my daughter’s favourite movies is Divergent, and I have to agree is very good. And here is a cool thing I’ve noticed about dystopian movies: Even though they share a common theme they all manage to come up with very unique and original stories. Maybe it’s because our human imaginations come alive when we dream up dismal, miserable situations. On a more optimistic angle, maybe we love to invent such settings because we enjoy imagining the human spirit fighting back and busting through the oppression.

There are so many great dystopian movies, which prompts me to make some lists. I hope you enjoy:

IMDb’s top ten dystopian movies [according to appearances in the IMDb Top 250 as of 01/10/15]

10. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014, #239)
9. Terminator (1984, #211)
8. Twelve Monkeys (1995, #204)
7. V for Vendetta (2005, #145)
6. Blade Runner (1982, #135)
5. Metropolis (1927, #108)
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, #68)
3. A Clockwork Orange (1971, #81)
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, #41)
1. Matrix (1999, #18)

My Top 10 Favourite Dystopian Society Movies

10. Minority Report (2002)
9. Hunger Games (2012)
8. Matrix (1999)
7. The Island (2005) — Well, the first half of the movie is greatness. The second half it goes back to being a Michael Bay movie
6. The Book of Eli (2010)
5. Children of Men (2006)
4. Snowpiercer (2013)
3. Planet of the Apes (1968)
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
1. District 9 (2009)

“Utopian” places depicted in movies that I’d love to visit

10. Hogwarts
9. Neverland
8. Hill Valley in the year 1955 or 2015 (1985 version not so much)
7. Jurassic Park (before it went all crazy, of course)
6. Pizza Planet
5. Tony’s Restaurant (And I’d want to do the famous spaghetti kiss with Joy)
4. Muppet Theatre
3. Whoville
2. Cloud City
1. The Shire

Congratulations Robocop. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Sharon Stone in Total Recall. She’s an excellent actress and knows how to take charge of the screen.

Best Actor: Nope. Not choosing Ahnold. This one goes to Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys. It’s an excellent movie, though the only thing most people talk about when this movie comes up is him.

Best Quote: “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” — Peter Weller as Robocop.

And finally, may none of us ever have the misfortune of living in a dystopian society.


2 thoughts on “Walking in a dystopian wonderland

    • Yeah, let’s totally make that trip. We’ll rent a minivan, buy some funions and jolly ranchers and make it a road trip. Then we’ll see if we can have a nice banquet there like Han, Leia and the others were about to have before Vader ruined it.

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