Distopian Movies 101

Would not it be great if I was crazy. Then the world would be ok.

Twelve monkeys

I have long wanted to write something on distopian literature. Dystopia as opposite to utopia basically means negative prospects and presentation of future in literature and cinema.

I started watching movies which dwell on issues such as negative aspects of hyper scientific developments on human’s life, role of authority and power on new societies and individual’s role in this picture. I saw movies like Splice, Surrogates, 1984, Gattaca, 12 Monkeys


Basically all movies presents a major shift in authority: From humans to robots, computers, a new system, a major charismatic leader or hyper technological devices. At the same time they play with the perception of truth as it obviously happens in Matrix movies.


What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Do not try to bend the spoon — that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth: there is no spoon. The Matrix

—-Spoiler alert on Matrix movie —- (Come on you should have seen it until now)

And unfortunately, distopian literature mostly do not have happy endings at it happens in Matrix in form of Neo’s reach to his ultimate, true self.

Worth to mention, utopian movies also present human’s urge to seek a hero, a savior. In Splice the scientist hope that their discoveries will save the world and open way to cure for uncurable illnesses. In Matrix, they basically follow prophecies to reach the One, the savior. In Surrogates, people even do not understand that they ask for a hero.

I want to continue to this topic later on. If you have any ideas or articles to share, pls do not hesitate.