Sci-fi genre films are often used to predict the future of humans. Not only optimistic, filmmakers of this genre can also voice their concerns by describing a bleak and tense future.
Dystopia is a sci-fi sub-genre that explores the unexpected consequences of science to the political order. The latest film to lift this genre is Dune 2021 directed by Dennis Villeneuve, the famous director behind Arrival and Blade Runner: 2049. .
Since Dune 2021 will be released in Indonesia in October, try watching some of the following films of the same genre. Warm up before watching Dune 2021, here!
1. Blade Runners: 2049 (2017)
This film is a sequel to the film Blade Runner which was released in 1982. This film tells the story of the revolution of the ‘replicants, artificial humans produced to replace labor workers. They were treated badly so that they rebelled by spreading terror.
Reported by The Guardian , this 163-minute film invites viewers to reflect on the biggest question in robotics, “When artificial intelligence is able to surpass humans, are they given the same rights?,” What do you think?
2. District 9 (2009)
District 9 tells the story of an alien ship that stranded in Johannesburg, South Africa. The aliens must seek asylum in nearby villages, trade with gangsters, and win the sympathy of the world’s citizens.
Reported by Cinapse , this film is a sci-fi dystopia that comments on the issue of illegal immigrants. Throughout the film, the aliens’ cries for help are ignored. They are instead oppressed and treated like animals.
3. RoboCop (1987)
Robocop is set in the city of Detroit in the future, when the police force is controlled by a multinational company called Omni Consumer Products. This film tells the story of Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), a cyborg police officer who is tasked with fighting crime.
According to Clemente , the film explores the abuse of power by law enforcement officials. One of the benchmarks of justice in a country is the quality of its law enforcement. What happens if the police agency is already pocketed by the owners of capital?
4. Akira (1988)
Akira is a sci-fi anime adapted from a manga. This film depicts the conditions of Tokyo when Japan was led by a corrupt government.
Still haunted by the nuclear attack of the United States, Akira’s film wants to convey the dangers of unchecked scientific developments. The film follows Shōtarō Kaneda, the leader of a motorcycle gang who must save his friend from a government experiment.
5. Dune (1984)
Dune 1984 tells the story of Paul Atreides (Kyle McLachlan), the heir to a space empire who is caught in a power struggle conflict. The plot of the film centers on a mysterious substance called the spice .
Reported by Litcharts , Dune 1984 discusses the political intricacies of extraterrestrial civilization. There are so many ways to get into politics, this film reminds viewers that even the best of intentions have terrifying consequences.
That’s five movie recommendations genre sci-fi dystopia must watch before watching Dune 2021 this October. Each film has a story and plot that is really exciting, you know!