I had to look this up because I had no idea what the hell this meant and was prepared that I had not seen any movies, but I was wrong! It's basically future Sci-Fi with a pessimistic bent to it. I do prefer more optimistic sci-fi flicks like Star Trek because, if aliens have visited us, they would have already obliterated us if they thought we were a-holes. I also believe in the human race(some idiots aside) and don't think we will do ourselves in...I have faith. Wandering Through The Shelves picked an interesting theme this week. Let's see which 3 I have chosen....
1. BLADE RUNNER-1982
This is an excellent film directed by Ridley Scott that, initially bombed at the box office but gained cult following as the years passed. I remember watching this when it first came out and thought it was excellent and had even more respect for Harrison Ford as an actor since I had a crush on him. He plays a bounty hunter after Replicants who were slaves to humans before wanting to lead their own lives(how dare they!) It's rainy, miserable, dark and dreary but the Noirish look to the film elevates it past the depressing aspects. I also love Rutger Hauer as the leader of the Replicants and who gave quite the performance in this film. The ending is controversial but I like it...so there.
I saw this in the theatre as well and loved it! I love Terry Gilliam (Monty Python fame) and will watch anything he creates because, I think, he is brilliant. This is a very dark (underline Dark) comedy about a low level paper pusher who dreams of being like the Arch Angel Michael who is free, flying and saves the love of his life. We know he is anything but, as he does his job and visits his mom who is hooked on plastic surgery(talk about seeing into the future with all the botox, surgery, lifts etc... being done today) and talks to his friend, played by Michael Palin(also Monty Python fame). Before you know it, he becomes involved with the terrorists one who looks remarkably like the girl in his dreams. The poor schmuck is now being chased himself by the central intelligence and realizes that the terrorists are more of a resistance movement with Robert De Niro as one of the leaders. I have not seen this film in ages but I watched it once with my dad who said it was the stupidest thing he ever saw (well, he was more colourful but without the F-bombs). It is not for everyone but I think this is brilliant.
3. DARK CITY-1998
I bet most people have not seen this film which is a shame because it is quite intelligent and must be viewed more than once since there is so much imagery here. We have a man who wakes up in a room, can't remember who he is when a doctor comes in and tells him to run as the "Strangers" are after him. He finds out he is wanted for murder but the more he tries to figure things out the weirder it gets to the point where he can manipulate reality just like "The Strangers". He finds out he has a wife and lives on the beachside area near this depressing, raining city. It seems no one truly knows they are being manipulated nor do they seem to be bothered by the fact that it is always dark. He also has a cop on his trail and you wonder if the amnesiac will ever find out what is truly going on. An excellent movie even if it is, sorry, dark but with an ending that quite surprised me. Roger Ebert, the famed film critic, thought it one of the best films he ever saw and was dumbfounded when it didn't get any awards that year.
So...can you think of any movies that fit this theme?