The 50 “Greatest” Apocalyptic and Dystopian Films of All Time (#40-31)

Distopia YellowToday, at Blood Stained Ink, we continue our exploration on the nature of humanity, particularly as we see ourselves through the unique lens of films that look into the future.  To date, the series includes the following posts:

And now, back to the countdown.

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boy_and_his_dog_poster_0240.  A Boy and His Dog  (1975) –  World War IV lasted only five days; and in the aftermath of the nuclear winter, what remains of society has retreated underground.  When Vic (Don Johnson) and his telepathic dog discover this underground community, he is quickly put to use in a desperate bid to repopulate the world.

Average Rating: 6.55      IMDB: 6.5      RT: 6.6

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oblivion-poster39.  Oblivion  (2013) – As one of the few remaining drone repairman assigned to Earth following a devastating encounter with an alien species known as Scavs, Jack (Tom Cruise) discovers a wreckage that causes him to question everything he once believed to be true.  While visually stunning, you will recognize a host of other, better ilms in the DNA of this movie.

Average Rating: 6.6      IMDB: 6.5      RT: 6.6

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51gJPliSL1L38.  Nineteen Eighty-Four  (1984) – Based upon George Orwell’s influential novel of the same name, 1984 takes us into a totalitarian future where one man (John Hurt) is tasked with re-writing history under the watchful, unblinking eyes of “Big Brother.”

Average Rating: 6.7      IMDB: 7.1      RT: 6.3

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silent_running_poster_0137.  Silent Running  (1972) –  As one of the earlier films to adopt environmental themes as part of its dystopic vision, Silent Running tells the story of an Earth that has been stripped of all flora and fauna save for that which has been preserved aboard a spacecraft.  When orders come down to destroy the interstellar nursery, the astronauts respond in unexpected ways.

Average Rating: 6.7      IMDB: 6.7      RT: 6.7

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i-am-legend-poster36.  I am Legend (2007) – Will Smith plays a scientist who was unable to find a cure for a terrible man-made virus that has decimated the globe. Immune, he is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world.   Oddly enough, this film has proven to be far more forgettable than others that didn’t place nearly as high on this list.

Average Rating: 6.75      IMDB: 7.1      RT: 6.4

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2001-ai_artificial_intelligence-135.  Artificial Intelligence: AI  (2001) – In the not-so-distant future, humanity has created a breed of robots that possess genuine emotional states of being.  When one such robot is casually and cruelly set aside by his “mother,” he embarks on a quest to become “real” so that he might be accepted.

Average Rating: 6.8      IMDB: 7.0     RT: 6.6

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Scanner-Darkly-poster134.  A Scanner Darkly  (2006) – Working in a genre he normally eschews, Richard Linklater gives us a brilliant adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel bearing the same name.  What’s more, Linklater employs a visual technique so unique that I have yet to see it appear in another film.  For me, this is top-10 film in the genre, as much for what it says as for how it is filmed.

Average Rating: 6.85     IMDB: 7.2     RT: 6.5

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Escape+From+New+York+(1981)+Original+v133.  Escape from New York  (1981) – A cult-classic if ever there was such a thing, Escape from New York gives us a vision of crime run so rampant that the entire city of New York has been converted into a maximum security prison.  When the President’s plane goes down inside Manhattan, all bets are off.

Average Rating: 6.85      IMDB: 6.9      RT: 6.8

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thx-1138-movie-poster-1970-101018925332.  THX 1138  (1971) – This is the second film that I really struggle with in terms of its placement on this list.  While I recognize its significance in film history as being the first movie ever written and directed by George Lucas of Star Wars fame, I don’t fully understand what both critics and audiences saw in it.

Average Rating: 6.85      IMDB: 6.7      RT: 7.0

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THE_ROAD_movie_poster_by_Karezoid31.  The Road  (2009) – Based upon Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, The Road has the distinction of being the only film on this list that I have yet to see because I lack the courage.  Having read the novel, I don’t know if I honestly want to revisit the emotions that are brought to the surface as a father fights to save his son from the madness.

Average Rating: 7.15     IMDB: 7.3      RT: 7.0

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