Reel Dialogue’s list of dystopian films

Reel Dialogue’s Russ Matthews recently gave a talk on the connection between dystopian films and the book of Revelation.

Dystopia definition: A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.

At each talk, the question was raised, ‘What are some great dystopian films?’

At Reel Dialogue, our goal is to ‘Get the conversation started.’ So, we chose to put together a list that answers the question by helping people to get conversations started on the bigger questions of life.

See what you think… they are not in any particular order. Which would you add?

Reel Dialogue’s dystopian films suggestions that may lead to great discussions:

  • Blade Runner (the original and 2049)
  • The Book of Eli
  • Minority Report
  • Surrogates
  • The Hunger Games
  • Gattaca
  • Metropolis
  • Snowpiercer
  • The Road
  • The Matrix
  • 12 Monkeys
  • I, Robot
  • The Clockwork Orange
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • WALL-E
  • Brazil

In this time in history that feels a bit dystopian in many ways, these films may help to give a bit of perspective to our current situations. More importantly, we hope they open up conversations of the value of life and even, God.