Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dystopian Movie Scenarios: What's Likely and What's Unlikely?

I love to see dystopian movies or read dystopian novels. Two novels required to be read when I was in High School were "Animal Farm" and "1984" by George Orwell, but I also read "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, who was once my fave author (he also wrote one of the most interesting post-Victorian Era Social Criticism books ever, "Point Counterpoint.") Then there is a book I started but never finish, Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." There are other fine novels, but quite frankly I don't read much fiction anymore (the last fiction I've read is Steig Larsen's Millennium Trilogy.)

I've seen most of the top rated dystopian future movies, however, including what might be the first-ever dystopian future movie by Fritz Lang, "Metropolis." I've talked about the impossibility of worker-slaves agreeing to live without sunshine and fresh air in their underground habiations before--and having children in these inhuman conditions besides, so I won't rehash that here. I've also seen various makes of "1984," where the John Hurt 1984 version is outstanding...but if you really want to feel the terror of Orwell's "boot stomping on the human face forever" version, watch the earliest make of this movie which was early 50s. I saw it on You Tube. This version is almost exactly like the book...watch Winston Smith's colleague Symes slither into complete jelly when he finds out the Thought Police are picking him up at some pub, and Smith's absolute refusal to help him...or Smith's begrudging admiration for the "prole" woman singing some old school song as she hangs up wash beneath his rented flat where he meets Julia and has his sane asylum before the shop keeper turns him in...or Smith's and Julia's meeting with O'Brien in his luxurious flat reserved for inner party members where O'Brien and his butler do a brilliant job of convincing them they are on Smith's side. A version made in the 60s pales by comparison.

Thing is, both "Metropolis" and "1984" are well-nigh impossible dystopian societies to achieve. The CPEs (Criminal Psychopathic Elites) would have to kill us all, then genetically engineer us again as semi-robots that have no problem being enslaved and "stomped on" forever. Since "Animal Farm" has already happened (Stalin's Russia), and since "Brave New World" would require genetic engineering that might not even be possible at this point (can scientists turn one egg into 72 Epsilons at this time?), then I won't get into these movies/books. Though, I am sure if the CPEs could achieve such a thing they would create gammas, deltas, and epsilons--and plenty of soma, of course. But since they are way too psychopathic to also create alphas and betas as well, their plan if that is the plan probably wouldn't work.

Yet, there are some recent and not-so-recent dystopian fiction movies/books that could at some point come to fruition because the CPEs are mad enough to try...you know, their own little way of doing "predictive programming." Here are a few movies/books that stand the best chance of the CPEs pulling them off, and I will explain why it could happen and why it couldn't.

I will only mention movies/books I have seen/read. Thus, "Hunger Games" didn't make the list.

Children of Men

This recent movie (book?) set in the near future in Britain, run by fanatical "white nationalists" that cage all Muslims in "relocation camps" every bit as brutal as Abu Graib or Gitmo, has a small problem: there are no babies being born, and the last young person of around 18, a boy, got killed in some accident, so all hope is lost. Or is it? Turns out a young girl from Africa--a Muslim--is carrying a child in her womb, and it is up to some enlightened folks who just happen to know there is a ship out there in the Atlantic that's a refuge for similar girls like her, to get her onto that ship--in the face of white nationalist Islamophobe stalkers and what not, the "authorities," and relocation camp guards near Land's End, where the ship is offshore. Why is this movie a possible CPE scenario? Because thanks to Monsanto and Dow Chemical and their ilk in "convincing us" to grow GMO foods which just so happen to cause STERILIZATION in certain lad animals, and other mad scientists devices to engineer the kill-off-die-off plan that some CPEs have in mind for us "useless eaters," women are no longer fertile, no matter what they do. As a result, most of the planet has been killed off, and Britain is about the only place that is still capable of supporting life...as long as life means "no blacks and no Muslims" that is! Why is this movie NOT a possible likely scenario? Because while once a genie is loosed out of the bottle it can rage out of control and make all women infertile, the elites do not need to actually create an infertility weapon (which would make them infertile as well--don't forget, they only want to screw up little people, not themselves!). All they have to do is sterilize the so-called 99 percent (keeping a few of us around, of course, to wait on them...) It is easier to infertilize select undesirables and useless eaters than to destroy all humanity...

Brazil

Created by a member of Monte Python's Flying Circus, all Britain is controlled by the Minstry of Information, which, of course, is bureaucray run amok. But Robert DeNiro (tries to) save the day against utter (and supported) incompetence, which begins when a literal fly in the ointment falsely accused Harry Buttle, not Harry (deNiro) Tuttle of "terrorism" for doing things the right way, and, when Buttle is Gitmo-ed, so to speak, it is Henry, the son of an elite woman, who tries to save the day (or at least not totally screw it up) along with Julia (I think that's her name) when he gets "promoted" (thanks to his mother) to the Ministry of Retrieval, the most important Minstry of Information. All of this, though, is in Henry's dream state as he gets interrogated. Why is this movie a possible elite scenario? Because when you think about it, the CPEs are utterly incompetent! Only an incompetent would hire psychopath wannabes as TSA agents to find "terrorists" and do such a crappy job of it, and only incompetents would use drones joysticked by soldiers who think they are playing a video game to hunt terrorists and mostly kill innocent civilians instead. Why is this scenario unlikely? Because the CPEs don't have the brains and breeding to make it work--most of them are inbred idiots, after all!

I Am Legend

Will Smith is brilliant in the role of the "lone surviver" of a cancer-drug-trial gone apocolyptic (and is based on the 50s movie, "The Last Man on Earth," which is also worth watching), where the drug turns all and sundry into "dark seeker" zombies who eventually--after he has found a cure and a woman and child to take it to the last colony of survivors upstate somewhere from NYC--eat him as well. Why is this possible? Because you how CPE mad scientists are "trying" to always and forever "cure" diseases with unforseeable consequences. Why is it unlikely? Because honestly the CPEs really do not want to cure cancer and other diseases; they'd rather we just die from them instead!

The Matrix Series

Actually, it almost seems like we are living in "the matrix" now, but more and more folks really are waking up, worldwide. Humans as "batteries" anyway is not sustainable!

Idiocracy

This is in fact my fave dystopian movie because like the matrix I sometimes think we are living it it! "House O' Representin'" indeed! But this is sorta in the far future...is it even possbile for people to become so stupid that they put salts (electrolytes, that is, "Brawndo") on plants instead of water?

V For Vendetta

Why is it some of the best dystopian movies are set in Britian? After the radical Islamophobic Brit version of the Christian Right takes over Britain and assigns gays, Muslims, and other undesirables to what I can only call irradication centers and prisons to be experimented upon. But "V" survives the prisons and becomes a thorn in the sides of Chancellor Sutler, McCreedy and friends, enlisting the aid of Natalie Portman and a media honcho who suddenly puts two plus two together and understands why V's rebellion must work. The framework for this movie based on the graphic novels is the 1607 "Guy Fawlkes Gun Powder Plot" to blow up Parliament to advance the cause of Roman Catholicism in a Britain that somehow resembled the movie's "Christian Right Dominionist" dystopia where the head of the church is, of course, a raging pedophile. What makes this movie not likely? Being set in Britain...most Brits could care less about "religion" and Dominionist nonsense. Unfortunately, something like this could happen in the US---the Dominionists here have dome a lot to take over the Republican Party in the last 30 years, which with Santorum, Palin, Bachmann, and Perry being of the Dominionist strain (and what the Ron Paul folks are trying to fight against by takin gover the RP themselves, so they say) is MUCH more likely here than Britain. But why is this Dominionist scenario unlikely? Only about 25 percent of Americans are even close to supporting Dominionism. Dominionism is as likely here as Sharia Law is! But they are still a threat.

Running Man

Richard Dawson is brilliant, at least as much as Ahnold. The notion of soldiers or cops in helicopters shooting at women and children in a food riot in Bakersfield, California is prescient of drones today doing the same thing, and maybe very soon, what with Obama's EO claiming all food resources for his elite buddies and mercs--I mean, who else would get it? And we all know how the sheeple love game shows, right? But, as with the Detroit of "Robocop," does anyone really think that one can keep such a bifercated two-tier system of citizenship up for very long? A huge, huge underclass in utter squalor and everyone else in blissful ignorance? Look, if Americans are waking up now with all the distractions (such as game shows, sports, "American Idol" and the rest) we have to keep us asleep, what is the probability that a "Running Man" or a "RoboCop" or even a "Judge Dredd" (coffee illegal? Are you kidding me?) or "Blade Runner" scenario happening?

On the Beach

Recently remade from the brilliant early 60s (late 50s?) version--but the original ius better of course--must be mentioned here with an Australian society going more amd more amok thanks to nuclear radiation, until finally all are dead. I honestly can't think of a more realistic possibility after Fukushima, which is eventually going to kill off most of the sealife in the Pacific (I pray that doesn't happen, but who is gonna stop it?). The only thing that makes this scenario unlikely is that if nuclear radiation really is going to be killing most life on the planet at some point, the elites--the NON-psychopathic ones, that is...yes there are a few of those still left, believe me--will have figured out how to save some of us.

Soylent Green

You know this one: 40 billion or so folks eating each other as Soylents. Not impossible, but very bloody not likely either: the CPEs will never let 40 billion people live on Earth! But recent reports of food from China having human skin in it suggests at least some CPEs are more P than E!


The Book of Eli

After a major set of wars, there are very few and far between survivers in the US, but Eli (who has a condition I won't mention if you haven't seen this movie) manages to get his "Book" (the King James Bible) all the way across the ruin-scarred country even though some psychopathic cultish leader wants him dead (but can't kill him--it's God's will, right?). Denzel Washington is outstanding, if you want to see Mila Kunis really act, this movie is for you. Gary Oldman plays (great, of course) the psycho leader who wants the "Book" Eli is "carrying." When he finally gets the Book, boy is he surprised! Eli, of course, has memorized the Bible, so it gets to its destination on Alcatraz Island. What makes this movie likely is at some point I can see the US being physically devastated somehow in the fairly near future, not necessarily by war, though. What makes this scenario unlikely though is that a small community would put up with such a psycho as leader. Then again, don't we have psychos leading us now?

The Postman

This is what I think is the most likely (but not completely likely scenario) because the society has been reduced to feudalism. Some, again, psycho, has become some sort of feudal lord in the Pacific Northwest, exacts tribute on "subject" townships...you know, he's set up a "protection racket"...but Kevin Costner, who is trying to give villagers hope that their really is a government of the US (now why is that hope?), sets up a mail delivery system that helps American survivers resist their feudal lord, whom the Postman defeats in the end. And then twenty or so years later in a renewed civilization rebuild, the Postman is honored off the coast of northwest Washington State. Honestly, in a collpased USA, the only system I see coming about--owing to the love or war among Americans as well as the love of leader demagogues that we have, you know, rugged (psycho) individualists like "General Bethlehem" is a feudalist one. Soem of that has to do with the strong parallels between the collapse of the Roman Empire with the collapse of the American one. I do NOT see a totalitarian state coming about like 1984 or some of the others I've mentioned. Americans won't go for it, but they might go for some demagogue strong leader with a "might makes right" attitude, and there will be (as with today) enough cowardly sheeple to make it work, until the sheeple see what a cowardly evil their demagogue is. What makes the Postman unlikely though is will anyone survive that can turn things around? I mean, and why would it be better to actually have a central US government? A real conundrum! And, if you like Tom Petty, this is also worth watching.

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