The dystopia, simply put, is the antonym of utopia, and it has taken the interest of many artists throughout the time, and the film industry is not an exemption. The following are the top five memorable dystopian films of the millennium and may be the best ones that this genre can give. See if your favorite film is on the list.
- Battle Royale (2000)
This action comedy movie is an adaptation of Koushun Takami’s book with the same title. The movie follows some ninth graders killing each other for survival under the “Battle Royale” act. The film stars Takeshi Kitano, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Battle Royale is directed by Kinji Fukasaku.
- Minority Report (2002)
Based on Philip K. Dick’s book, this Steven Spielberg movie was set in Washington DC, where a special police force is capable of arresting killers even before committing their crimes. The film stars Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell and Max von Sydow.
- Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
Another Steven Spielberg movie on the list. AI is about a boy robot’s quest for a real human mother’s acceptance and becoming a real child. The movie stars Jude Law, Haley Joel Osment, Frances O’Connor and Sam Robards.
- Children of Men (2006)
This Academy Award-winning movie is an adaptation of P. D. James’ book and was directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The main stars in the movie were Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine.
- The Road (2009)
This 2009 film was based on Cormac McCarthy’s award-wining novel about an indisposed father who defends his son as they travel by sea. The film was directed by John Hillcoat and stars Viggo Mortensen as Man, Kodi Smit‑McPhee as Boy and Charlize Theron as Woman.
There you have it for the Top 5 memorable dystopian films of the millennium. With the current success of “The Hunger Games,” more dystopian films were released and have not been included in the list yet. Let’s sit back, relax and enjoy new dystopian films to hit the screen on 2015.
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