One of the most consistently fascinating filmmakers of the last four decades, Stanley Kubrick saw his work praised and damned with equal vigor. Just as his singularly brilliant visual style won him great acclaim, his unconventional sense of narrative often elicited critical scorn. Above all, he remained an unique artist in a medium dominated by repetition and imitation. [Read More...]
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Dystopic Science Fiction Movies
Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001) Rating: PG-13
Starring Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law.
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become “real” so that he can regain the love of his human mother. 146 minutes.
Escape From New York (1981) Rating: R
Starring Kurt Russell and Lee Van Cleef.
In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue. 99 minutes.
Equilibrium (2002) Rating: R
Starring Christian Bale and Taye Diggs.
In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. 107 minutes.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Rating: NR
Starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.
In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. 112 minutes.
Gattaca (1997) Rating: PG-13
Starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. 106 minutes.
I, Robot (2004) Rating: PG-13
Starring Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan.
In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. 115 minutes.
Mad Max (1979) Rating: R
Starring Mel Gibson and Joanne Samuel.
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop’s family and make his fight with them personal. 88 minutes.
The Matrix (1999) Rating: R
Starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss.
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. 136 minutes.
Metropolis (1927) Rating: NR
Starring Brigitte Helm and Alfred Abel.
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. 153 minutes.
Minority Report (2002) Rating: PG-13
Starring Tom Cruise and Max von Sydow.
In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence. 145 minutes.
Planet Of The Apes (1968) Rating: NR
Starring Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter.
An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. 112 minutes.
A Scanner Darkly (2006) Rating: R
Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves.
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result. 100 minutes.
THX 1138 (1975) Rating: NR
Starring Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence.
Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. 86 minutes.
Total Recall (1990) Rating: R
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he? 113 minutes.
Twelve Monkeys (1995) Rating: R
Starring Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe.
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. 129 minutes.
V For Vendetta (2006) Rating: R
Starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving.
A shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally. 132 minutes.