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Dystopian Future Favorites
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Sci-Fi/Sci-Fi Dramas taking place in a Dystopian Future setting…


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Movie: Children of Men ( 2006 )
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
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Movie: District 9 ( 2009 )
An extraterrestrial race, forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
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Movie: Chappie ( 2015 )
In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
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Movie: Elysium ( 2013 )
In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
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Movie: Oblivion ( 2013 )
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
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Movie: Dredd ( 2012 )
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
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Movie: Judge Dredd ( 1995 )
In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart.
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TV Show: The Handmaid's Tale ( 2017 )
The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
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Movie: The Handmaid's Tale ( 1990 )
In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
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Movie: The Maze Runner ( 2014 )
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
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Movie: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ( 2015 )
After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
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Movie: The Hunger Games ( 2012 )
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
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Movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ( 2013 )
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
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Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ( 2015 )
Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the fate of Panem.
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Movie: Mad Max ( 1979 )
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
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Movie: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior ( 1981 )
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.
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Movie: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ( 1985 )
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
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Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road ( 2015 )
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
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Movie: RoboCop ( 2014 )
In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
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Movie: 12 Monkeys ( 1996 )
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.
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TV Show: 12 Monkeys ( 2015 )
Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorated its 20th anniversary in 2015, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.
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Movie: Gattaca ( 1997 )
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
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Movie: The Book of Eli ( 2010 )
A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
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Movie: Total Recall ( 2012 )
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
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Movie: Total Recall ( 1990 )
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?
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Movie: Snowpiercer ( 2013 )
In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.
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TV Show: Snowpiercer ( 2020 )
Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
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TV Show: Altered Carbon ( 2018 )
Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul itself is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 250 years, is downloaded into a future he'd tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he'll get a chance at a new life on Earth.
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Movie: Alita: Battle Angel ( 2019 )
A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.
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Movie: The Matrix ( 1999 )
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
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Movie: The Matrix Reloaded ( 2003 )
Following the events of The Matrix (1999), Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
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Movie: The Matrix Revolutions ( 2003 )
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
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Movie: Blade Runner ( 1982 )
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
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Movie: Blade Runner 2049 ( 2017 )
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
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Movie: RoboCop ( 1987 )
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
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TV Show: Logan's Run ( 1977 )
Logan's Run is a spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name. The series depicted Logan and Jessica-pursued by Francis traveling in a futuristic hovercraft-like vehicle on a cross-country trek to Sanctuary in a post-apocalyptic America. The domed city was seen only in the pilot and two other episodes, using recycled footage from the film. In a change from the book and film, the television series had the city run by a cabal of elderly citizens; Francis has been promised a life beyond thirty as a city elder if he can bring back the fugitives. Logan and Jessica were joined on their journey by an android named Rem.
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Movie: The Fifth Element ( 1997 )
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
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Movie: Akira ( 1988 )
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.
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Movie: The Island ( 2005 )
A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.
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Movie: The Road ( 2009 )
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.
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Movie: Strange Days ( 1995 )
A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.
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Movie: Soylent Green ( 1973 )
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.
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Movie: Escape from New York ( 1981 )
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
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Movie: Repo Men ( 2010 )
Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
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Movie: Rollerball ( 1975 )
In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.
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Movie: The Omega Man ( 1971 )
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.
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Movie: Daybreakers ( 2010 )
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.
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Movie: A.I. Artificial Intelligence ( 2001 )
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
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Movie: Outland ( 1981 )
A federal marshal stationed at a mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io, uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy. He gets no help from the workers or authorities when he finds himself marked for murder.
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Movie: The Man Who Fell to Earth ( 1976 )
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
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Movie: THX 1138 ( 1971 )
In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.
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Movie: The 6th Day ( 2000 )
Futuristic action about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.
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Movie: Edge of Tomorrow ( 2014 )
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
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Movie: Death Race 2000 ( 1975 )
In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.
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Movie: Alien Nation ( 1988 )
In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.
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Movie: Doomsday ( 2008 )
A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race.
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Movie: Escape from L.A. ( 1996 )
Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.
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Movie: Class of 1999 ( 1990 )
Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some students get suspicious.
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Movie: Freejack ( 1992 )
Bounty hunters from the future transport a doomed race car driver to New York City in 2009, where his mind will be replaced with that of a dead billionaire.
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Movie: Transcendence ( 2014 )
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
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TV Show: Westworld ( 2016 )
Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
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TV Show: Lost in Space ( 2018 )
Lost in Space is a remake of sci-fi master Irwin Allen's 1965 cult TV classic and is an epic but grounded science fiction saga focusing on an explorer family from Earth lost in an alien universe and the challenges they face in staying together against seemingly insurmountable odds.
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Movie: Waterworld ( 1995 )
In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
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Movie: Lost in Space ( 1998 )
The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home.
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Movie: Ghost in the Shell ( 2017 )
In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
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TV Show: Another Life ( 2019 )
Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
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Movie: Sunshine ( 2007 )
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.
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Movie: Runaway ( 1984 )
In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.
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Movie: Soldier ( 1998 )
A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers.
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TV Show: Firefly ( 2002 )
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
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Movie: Brazil ( 1985 )
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
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TV Show: The 100 ( 2014 )
Ninety-seven years ago, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space, the survivors now number 4,000, and resources are running out on their dying "Ark" - the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the day, as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth's surface to test whether it's habitable.
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Movie: Æon Flux ( 2005 )
Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.
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Movie: V for Vendetta ( 2006 )
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
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Movie: Wizards ( 1977 )
On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.
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Movie: A Boy and His Dog ( 1975 )
A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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Movie: The Lobster ( 2015 )
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
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Movie: Johnny Mnemonic ( 1995 )
A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.
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Movie: Franklyn ( 2009 )
A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city.
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Movie: Battle Royale ( 2000 )
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
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Movie: Automata ( 2014 )
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
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TV Show: Incorporated ( 2016 )
Set in a future where companies have seemingly unlimited power, Incorporated centers around Ben Larson, a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate the all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system -- with deadly consequences. Ben is married to Laura, a successful plastic surgeon who's also the daughter of Ben's boss. While Ben and Laura make their home in the lush, manicured Green Zone of the well-to-do, Theo dwells in the dangerous, poverty-stricken Red Zone, and may provide a surprising connection to Ben's past. In a high-stakes world where the ethical boundaries we know have been completely redrawn, how far is Ben willing to go -- and what happens if he fails?
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TV Show: Blood Drive ( 2017 )
Los Angeles 1999 - The Future: where water is a scarce as oil, and climate change keeps the temperature at a cool 115 in the shade. It's a place where crime is so rampant that only the worst violence is punished, and where Arthur Bailey - the city's last good cop - runs afoul of the dirtiest and meanest underground car rally in the world, Blood Drive. The master of ceremonies is a vaudevillian nightmare, The drivers are homicidal deviants, and the cars run on human blood.
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Movie: The Domestics ( 2018 )
In the weeks following an apocalyptic event, a husband and wife venture across the countryside inhabited by deadly factions in search of safety, and must work together as they are pushed to the breaking point in order to survive.
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Movie: Blue World Order ( 2017 )
The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which civilisation has crumbled. A massive electromagnetic pulse has killed all children on the planet with the exception of Molly (Billie Rutherford), the daughter of Jake Slater (Jake Ryan).
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TV Show: Leila ( 2019 )
In the forgotten margins of the segregated communities of a dystopian future, a woman searches for the daughter she lost upon her arrest years ago.
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TV Show: RoboCop: Prime Directives ( 2001 )
The OCP, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, is taken over by a scheming executive; RoboCop and RoboCable work together to save Delta City.
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Movie: The Bad Batch ( 2017 )
In a desert dystopia, a young woman is kidnapped by cannibals.
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Movie: Equals ( 2016 )
In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.
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Movie: Anon ( 2018 )
In a world without anonymity or crime, a detective meets a woman who threatens their security.
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Movie: Unit Eleven ( 2020 )
'In the year 2035, survivors of a now almost completely evacuated post-apocalyptic Britain compete for a government bounty to retrieve a mysterious bio weapon known only as Unit Eleven...'
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Movie: Xenobites ( 2008 )
A private investigator is hired to retrieve an important tape among the Yakuza in a dystopian future policed by demons.
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Movie: The Butterfly ( 2001 )
In a dystopian future, a tourist named Anna Kim books a guided tour to a Korean city plagued with acid rain, lead poisoning and the "Oblivion Virus." But Anna isn't there just for site-seeing, as she actually desires to contract the Oblivion Virus herself...
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Movie: Metropia ( 2009 )
A complex story of a misaligned man, though good intent, creating a nightmarish Dystopian existence.
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Movie: Jessica Forever ( 2019 )
In a dystopian world where violent misfits reign supreme, one woman and her makeshift family of rehabilitated marauders fight for peace.
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Movie: The Humanity Bureau ( 2017 )
A dystopian thriller set in the year 2030 that sees the world in a permanent state of economic recession and facing serious environmental problems as a result of global warming.
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Movie: The Last Chase ( 1981 )
In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian central government has ordered all personal vehicles be impounded by law. One man, a former race car driver, yearns again for his ability to choose his own roads and destiny. He reassembles his race car hidden from confiscation, and sets out for "Free California" which has broken away from the new regime, aided by a young technically savvy teen who feels alienated from this "social" society. Agents of the new government must stop this man at any cost to destroy the symbology he represents, and the instability that such a desire for personal autonomy could mean to the society. An old Korean War veteran and his F-86 Sabre jet are called into service to chase down this dangerous man, and end his flouting of the will of the state. In the words of one of the government agents, "People going where they want to, where they want to. This could set us back to the 1980s."
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Movie: Things to Come ( 1976 )
A dystopian Sci-Fi sex adventure.
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TV Show: Creamerie ( 2021 )
Eight years after a plague killed all men, three women who run a dairy farm accidentally run over the last surviving male human on the planet in this darkly funny, dystopian series. 
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Movie: The Survivalist ( 2021 )
A year and a half after the fall of civilization due to a viral outbreak, a former FBI agent forced to protect a young woman immune to the disease from a dangerous gang leader hunting her.
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