Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5 Dystopian Films to Binge Watch (Plus 3 Dystopian Films Marketed for Teens)

I have always loved dystopian stories, but I have been focusing recently on the process behind writing such stories. Time and again, I have turned to several dystopian films to get a feel for the nuances of the subgenre and how I can utilize such elements in my own writing.

Here are five dystopian movies I strongly suggest you watch if you are interested in a) indulging in awesomeness, and b) learning more about what dystopias actually are:

The Matrix (1999)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (

The Island (2005)

In the year 2019, a hired detective pursues two clones who escaped from a research facility after learning the truth about the "paradise" for lottery winners.

V for Vendetta (2005)

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V," plots to overthrow [the government] with the help of a young woman. (

2081 (2009)

Film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s "Harrison Bergeron," in which the concepts of "equality" and "fairness" are taken to the extreme.

Gattaca (1997)

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (

Forgive this trailer. It was made in 1997, so it is borderline kitschy.

Dystopian Films Marketed for Teens

The Hunger Games (2012)

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete. (

The Maze Runner (2014)

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. (

Divergent (2014)

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late. (

Got any favorite movies that fit within the subgenre of dystopia? Tell me about them :)

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