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As I'm sure most of us are 40K players, I presume dystopian fiction would be popular amongst a lot of you? So, name your favourite movies! I don't see why it wouldn't be okay to talk about novels as well if anyone reads at all.

My personal favourite is Blade Runner. Cliche, I know, but it is a very good movie and actually in my top 5 of all time favourite movies. It pretty much captured my idea of a future dystopian society perfectly, which is why I am so fond of it.
The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen (both by Jean-Pierre Jeunet) are also two favourites due to the cinematography, and again, they manage to portray the scene excellently. The plots are simple, but it really doesn't have to be complex because the focus is on the cinematography and acting, and they are both excellent.

I'm going to mention The Matrix as well. For some reason, I get a lot of hate for that. Personally I think the first movie was very good (the second two, I still enjoyed, but they weren't so good) it had an original idea, and I still think the fight scenes are cool no matter how cheesy they may seem. I remember it was immensely popular when it was first released and I honestly don't know why people are suddenly bashing it.

As for novels, A Clockwork Orange is a classic and a definite favourite, anyone who's read it will probably know why. I'm also currently reading Brave New World, which is also very good.

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Watched I, Robot the other day and was pleasantly entertained by it.




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Besides a clockwork orange, some other old school dystopian movies are Logan's Run and Soylent Green.


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Heh. Soylent Green has one of the best endings ever put to film.

I must also voice my support for The Matrix. I think that, considering how widely devices like Bullet Time were later emulated, the special effects in the original seem pedestrian today. Which is a shame, really, as at the time they were certainly at the vanguard of cinematography. Personally, I think it was a good story based on an intriguing premise. I didn't have too much of a problem with the sequels, though of course they didn't quite match the original.

Lately, I've enjoyed The Road and The Book of Eli. I particularly enjoyed the twist at the end of The Book of Eli; you very rarely see that kind of writing these days. It seemed to have a feel very reminiscent of old-school Twilight Zone.



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There are lots of worthy contenders; 12 Monkeys, Equilibrium, Brazil, 1984 (the film adaptation though obviously the book in a wider sense), Soylent Green and of course plenty of manga like Akira and the Ghost in the Shell series. Not forgetting Metropolis (1927 film) and even stuff like A Scanner Darkly and Dark City (although the twist technically knocks it in to a different catagory).

Best? Hmm, today I will say Metropolis, though tomorrow...
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I particularly enjoyed the twist at the end of The Book of Eli;
Sorry but I saw that ending coming a mile off.

It's basically a cross between Zatoichi and Farenheit 451 (another FANTASTIC dystopian future work by the way).

Although the imagery was spectacular, the plot was sadly lacking for me given how much it took from both the mentioned films.




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All the ones mentioned are great. There's a possibility I might get drawn and quartered for this one, but I liked Gattaca. I believe the way it was written and directed with the emphasis on ideas instead of technology will increase the movie's potential of becoming a classic. I liked the against all odds story, the visual style, and crime plot.

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I think people are confusing post-apocalyptic world (PAW) movies to dystopian movies. It is true that the line between the two is very thin, but there are some definite differences.

Book of Eli, the mad max series, I am legend, are PAW movies.

A clockwork orange and soylent green are dystopian movies.

Just giving people a heads up.


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Ooo.. The original rollerball was immense. not the shitty remake though, that's a steaming pile of chaff.

I'm gonna have to dig all these out when I get in and treat myself to a dystopia marathon.

Technically the Eloi in The Time Machine by H.G.wells is Dystopic and the original film version of that is pretty damn good too.




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huxleys , brave new world
soylant green ( classic)
brasil
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logans run ( why no remake ?)
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