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Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic Movies Are Now!

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posted on May, 27 2021 @ 12:56 AM
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I'd like to play a little game..



I've been on a binge lately watching movies with dystopian themes, futuristic settings, or post-apocalyptic struggles. I posit a question to YOU!

Which movies meeting the above descriptions have become the most accurate in portraying our current landscape, or where we're heading in the near future?

We are far, far from the sterile utopias seen in Star Trek and The Jetsons. In fact, we are still on pace with Idiocracy instead!

We're not quite at Mad Max: The Road Warrior yet. Too bad because this one seems the most fun!


Wandering the deserted highways of an energy-starved dystopian Australia...the former patrolman, Max Rockatansky, finds himself roaming the endless wasteland scavenging for food and precious petrol.

www.imdb.com...


The science of Waterworld doesn't quite work, as much as Greta wants you to believe. Sorry Greta.



The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival.

www.imdb.com...


Skynet and Terminator may be on its way; that remains to be seen courtesy of Elon.

However, the struggles of man vs. machine and industry are timeless as depicted in the 1927 silent film Metropolis.




Obviously I haven't seen every film, but there is one that stands out to me as being ironically and scarily accurate!

I'm talking about Demolition Man (1993.)

The future as seen in this film is saccharine and deflated, right down to issuing fines for speaking objectional language. Basically, anything even a little bit enjoyable like alcohol or sexual activity is shunned. Corporate fast food has taken over. Furthermore, the police are ineffective at handling actual criminals (the film's plot,) people are afraid to make skin-on-skin contact, and thought control is the name of the game! Any deviations are met with sneers and fines.

The people of this future have turned into docile, sniveling, germaphobes that love their cancel culture. I think this is where we're heading soon..

The list of parallels is actually extensive, but I'll let a few memes speak for me.







So what film do you think is most accurate to our current state of affairs, and explain why? Please use complete sentences. Penmanship and punctuation count.






edit on 27-5-2021 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:08 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

I agree. We are two steps from demolition man. People are stupid and want to be led.

"People would rather swim into the net, because swimming alone at sea is not the kind of freedom that they actuallly want"- regaining unconsciousness



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:12 AM
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a reply to: KatorGhensenKiel

I've been practicing with my seashells



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:15 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

I still, to this day, never have understood that joke.

Wouldn't that hurt to all holy hell? Idk. If that were the case i would just use my hand and everyone would get free chocolate covered pretzels for life.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:17 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

Does, it ;-_ have!? to be a movie....
Why!&can't it,., be a book?



sorry I felt provoked



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:20 AM
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a reply to: Peeple

Ok, tell us about the book. Movies are just modern day short stories, but books are still cool to me.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:22 AM
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Have to watch demolition man...

I was thinking a mix of equilibrium, terminator, they live, and idiocracy...

Then my mind jumped to matrix as it always does it is an applicable scenario no matter the reality you are in.

But right now it just seems clown world all over so I'll go with Idiocracy, as the main theme mixed with some techno fascism.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 01:49 AM
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Every time the idea of the vaccine causing infertility comes up my mind always jumps to the movie Children of Men.

It's been since it came out in 2006 since I've watched it, but I remember there being a lot of displaced people, activist groups, and in one scene a whole herd of cattle being slaughtered and burned on a farm possibly due to disease or contamination.

I don't think we're quite there yet, but maybe I need to re-watch it through the eyes of 2021.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 02:31 AM
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I have always liked "The postman"



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 02:40 AM
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It's hard to say with all these time-line changes. Some of you know what I mean.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 03:49 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha


Great thread - 'Demolition Man' seems uncannily accurate and really do hope 'Children Of Men' doesn't become future reality.

It's not post apocalyptic (but definitely dystopian) - had to post 'They Live'







posted on May, 27 2021 @ 04:23 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

Not a fictional movie but if you look at China's Cultural Revolution there are many parallels happening around the world not just in America. youtu.be...

youtu.be...


We used to have a member here at ATS who was a red guard in her youth. She married a CIA man and now lives in the states. She is a staunch hater of communism/socialism because she lived it in her youth and saw with her own eyes what can happen to even good people when despots rule.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 04:35 AM
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I really liked The book of Eli. Maybe because it could present possible post apocalyptic scenery, nothing too science fictional for current time we are living. I really enjoy science fiction tho and that is my typical genre when picking something to see.



Another is tv series Dark i binge watched all seasons



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 04:51 AM
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Zardoz is a 1974 Irish-American science fantasy film written, produced, and directed by John Boorman and starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling, and featuring Sara Kestelman.[4]

The film was shot by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth on a budget of US$1.57 million.[2] It depicts a post-apocalyptic world (which Boorman says, in the audio commentary, is matriarchal) where barbarians (the "Brutals") worship a stone god called "Zardoz", who has the power to grant either death or eternal life, and who - in the opening scene - declares: "The gun is good! The penis is evil!". In this future dystopia, while the Brutals live in a wasteland, their overlords (the "Eternals") luxuriate in the Vortex, apparently as self-satisfied as landed gentry.

The Eternals created Zardoz to control the Brutals, inciting them to mass murder. However, Zed (Sean Connery) refuses to accept the status quo and his place among the oppressed, embarking on a journey that explores the theme of genetic engineering and exposes the devastating truth about the corrupt society he lives in.


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A crappy 70s hippy era freak out movie, Connery sucked pretty badly too. There was a small amount of nudity that may have helped get me through the movie. The only real draw is it's weirdness in my opinion.

To spite its low budget BS, the basic idea of an immortal evolved intellectual ruling class living in a protected "vortex" that exploits the mortals outside sounds about right. Except after living that way for over 300 years, the Eternals would have been totally extreme and insane. I have giving thought to a remake, but figured that we are too close for this to be science fiction any longer. Plus it would be closer to pornographic with excessive violence and a bunch of twisted subplots.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 04:58 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

All the best ones have probably been mentioned above.

Watching coverage of the House of commons today I can't help feeling like I'm watching a Laurel and Hardy movie....

Not quite sure if this lot are attempting to renovate an old boat, deliver a piano or a combination of both.


(V for vendetta is also appropriate).


edit on 2752021 by Tulpa because: V



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 05:04 AM
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I must say, I did not see demolition man coming when I started reading this thread...

but that movie is pretty much what I envision when I think of california.

I say pretty much- its more like that movie + hoards of homeless street-#ters, and the crime is committed by the renting class instead of the sewer class.

But at least there's pizza hut. Or taco bell, depending on where you sourced your copy of the movie.


Now, once the poor leadership causes a food shortage, things will pretty quickly degrade into Judge Dredd (1995) in california.

Guess I'll be watching some movies today, these are classics.

Here's a thought- how the hell did we come so short of the expectations of the movie equilibrium (2002)?
In that movie, emotions were banned (via mandatory pills....cough cough) so that rule of law could control with an iron fist via logic.
Instead, we have emotional wrecks guiding public opinion and PR, while the enforcement officers are offered up as ritual sacrifice any time they have to shoot a drugged out dangerous criminal.... while the real dangerous deranged people are all in government.

I can't actually think of a movie with a premise as messed up as current US government, and I'm genuinely concerned how many different "soft laws" I'm breaking just saying that.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 05:39 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

It starts out like idiocracy evolves into a judge dredd type civilization.

After the wars it becomes like demolition man for a time until the rebellion hits the ruling class hard.

And finally we end up with mad max.

We ruined the world through our infighting resources are few and far between the majority of the lands are now wastelands.

Food and water are scarce and every person is afraid of every other person because who knows if the next person to come along is a psycho trying to get what little supplies they might have.




posted on May, 27 2021 @ 06:01 AM
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originally posted by: NarcolepticBuddha
I'd like to play a little game..



I've been on a binge lately watching movies with dystopian themes, futuristic settings, or post-apocalyptic struggles. I posit a question to YOU!

Which movies meeting the above descriptions have become the most accurate in portraying our current landscape, or where we're heading in the near future?

We are far, far from the sterile utopias seen in Star Trek and The Jetsons. In fact, we are still on pace with Idiocracy instead!

We're not quite at Mad Max: The Road Warrior yet. Too bad because this one seems the most fun!


Wandering the deserted highways of an energy-starved dystopian Australia...the former patrolman, Max Rockatansky, finds himself roaming the endless wasteland scavenging for food and precious petrol.

www.imdb.com...


The science of Waterworld doesn't quite work, as much as Greta wants you to believe. Sorry Greta.



The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival.

www.imdb.com...


Skynet and Terminator may be on its way; that remains to be seen courtesy of Elon.

However, the struggles of man vs. machine and industry are timeless as depicted in the 1927 silent film Metropolis.




Obviously I haven't seen every film, but there is one that stands out to me as being ironically and scarily accurate!

I'm talking about Demolition Man (1993.)

The future as seen in this film is saccharine and deflated, right down to issuing fines for speaking objectional language. Basically, anything even a little bit enjoyable like alcohol or sexual activity is shunned. Corporate fast food has taken over. Furthermore, the police are ineffective at handling actual criminals (the film's plot,) people are afraid to make skin-on-skin contact, and thought control is the name of the game! Any deviations are met with sneers and fines.

The people of this future have turned into docile, sniveling, germaphobes that love their cancel culture. I think this is where we're heading soon..

The list of parallels is actually extensive, but I'll let a few memes speak for me.







So what film do you think is most accurate to our current state of affairs, and explain why? Please use complete sentences. Penmanship and punctuation count.










I've watched many dystopian movies on Netflix........try the Barrier.......as far as books go ....One Second After and Founders I thought were where we are headed.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 06:09 AM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

If you are after a movie that depicts a dystopian future look no further than V for Vendetta, well UK wise anyroad.



posted on May, 27 2021 @ 06:20 AM
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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

If you are after a movie that depicts a dystopian future look no further than V for Vendetta, well UK wise anyroad.


Already called it, second choice after Laurel and Hardy.

However, I sometimes feel like I'm in "Dark City" where we've been manipulated by some aliens with mind control abilities and somehow keep changing the landscape around us to add to the confusion and cause us to doubt our own memories and our own eyes.

Then I see Bill Gates and can't help thinking about "Re-Animator" where a mad scientist thinks he's found a vaccine to bring people back to life. It's supposed to help (somehow?) but, inevitably ends with disastrous results.



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