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Dystopian future & cyberpunk films and TV shows
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What happens when rebellion, oppression, revolutions, wars, overpopulation, and disasters take over the world? Here is a list of plausible bleak futures that film makers have envisioned for us.


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Movie: Bloodshot ( 2020 )
Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is re-animated with superpowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Movie: The First Purge ( 2018 )
America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.
Movie: Isle of Dogs ( 2018 )
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.
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.
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.
Movie: Maze Runner: The Death Cure ( 2018 )
Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as "The Flare".
Movie: Mortal Engines ( 2018 )
In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.
Movie: Ready Player One ( 2018 )
When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.
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.
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.
Movie: What Happened to Monday ( 2017 )
In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
Movie: The Purge: Election Year ( 2016 )
Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.
Movie: Sausage Party ( 2016 )
A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Movie: The Thinning ( 2016 )
"The Thinning" takes place in a future plagued by overcrowding where population control is dictated by a high-school aptitude test. When two students (Logan Paul and Peyton List) discover the test is smoke and mirrors hiding a larger conspiracy, they must fight the system to expose it and take it down.
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.
Movie: Divergent ( 2014 )
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.
Movie: Insurgent ( 2015 )
Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Movie: Allegiant ( 2016 )
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.
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.
Movie: High-Rise ( 2016 )
Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.
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.
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.
Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ( 2014 )
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
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.
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.
Movie: Mad Max ( 1979 )
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
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.
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.
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.
Movie: Z for Zachariah ( 2015 )
In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
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.
Movie: Planet of the Apes ( 1968 )
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Movie: Beneath the Planet of the Apes ( 1970 )
The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.
Movie: Battle for the Planet of the Apes ( 1973 )
Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
Movie: Escape from the Planet of the Apes ( 1971 )
The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.
Movie: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes ( 1972 )
In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
TV Show: Planet of the Apes ( 1974 )
After their spacecraft travels through a time warp, two astronauts from 1981 crash-land back on Earth in the year 3085--a time when intelligent apes rule and humans have been reduced to servants or pets. Captured by the apes and sentenced to death, they are saved by a curious chimpanzee name Galen. But now all three are on the run, trying to keep one step ahead of the gorilla army led by General Urko, who is determined to kill the renegades.
Movie: War for the Planet of the Apes ( 2017 )
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Movie: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ( 2014 )
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
Movie: Planet of the Apes ( 2001 )
In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.
Movie: The Giver ( 2014 )
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
Movie: The Lego Movie ( 2014 )
An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.
Movie: RoboCop 2 ( 1990 )
Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.
Movie: RoboCop 3 ( 1993 )
Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on "their" land.
TV Show: RoboCop ( 1994 )
In this continuation of the movie franchise, Alex Murphy is RoboCop, a deceased cop brought back to life through cybernetic technology. Now he fights crime on the streets of Detroit and deals with the machinations of OCP, the company that "created" him.
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.
TV Show: The Purge ( 2018 )
The Purge revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.
Movie: The Purge: Anarchy ( 2014 )
Three groups of people intertwine and are left stranded in the streets on Purge Night, trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
Movie: The Rover ( 2014 )
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.
Movie: Transcendence ( 2014 )
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
Movie: X-Men: Days of Future Past ( 2014 )
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Movie: The Congress ( 2013 )
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider.
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.
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.
Movie: Ender's Game ( 2013 )
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.
Movie: Hard to Be a God ( 2014 )
A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God's place? Director's statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
Movie: Oblivion ( 2013 )
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
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.
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.
Movie: The Zero Theorem ( 2013 )
A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
Movie: Antiviral ( 2012 )
In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.
Movie: Cloud Atlas ( 2012 )
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Movie: Inception ( 2010 )
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
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.
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.
Movie: Looper ( 2012 )
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
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?
TV Show: Total Recall 2070 ( 1999 )
Total Recall 2070 is a stunning futuristic thriller about a world so high-tech, man is the only flaw! In the year 2070, the planet Earth is ruled by a single government entity and a conglomeration of corporations that hold absolute power. The crime rate is virtually nonexistent and the Citizen's Protection Bureau defends the innocent from unchecked sociotechnological forces. But when the Bureau partner of Agent David Hume is dramatically gunned down, Hume's determination to uncover the dangerous truth behind this shocking crime leads him on a pulse-pounding race through the galaxy!
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.
Movie: Hobo with a Shotgun ( 2011 )
A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.
Movie: In Time ( 2011 )
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.
Movie: Priest ( 2011 )
A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.
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.
Movie: WALL·E ( 2008 )
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Movie: 28 Days Later... ( 2002 )
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Movie: The Running Man ( 1987 )
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Movie: A Scanner Darkly ( 2006 )
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Movie: Gattaca ( 1997 )
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Movie: Never Let Me Go ( 2010 )
The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.
Movie: Minority Report ( 2002 )
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
TV Show: Minority Report ( 2015 )
The future is coming.Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – "precognitives" Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, and justice leans more on sophisticated and trusted technology than on the instincts of the precogs.
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.
Movie: Metropolis ( 1927 )
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Movie: Brazil ( 1985 )
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
Movie: The City of Lost Children ( 1995 )
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Movie: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust ( 2000 )
When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.
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.
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.
TV Show: Continuum ( 2012 )
Continuum is a one-hour police drama centered on Kiera Cameron, a regular cop from 65 years in the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. She is alone, a stranger in a strange land, and has eight of the most ruthless criminals from the future, known as Liber8, loose in the city.Lucky for Kiera, through the use of her CMR (cellular memory recall), a futuristic liquid chip technology implanted in her brain, she connects with Alec Sadler, a seventeen-year-old tech genius. When Kiera calls and Alec answers, a very unique partnership begins.Kiera's first desire is to get "home." But until she figures out a way to do that, she must survive in our time period and use all the resources available to her to track and capture the terrorists before they alter history enough to change the course of the future. After all, what's the point of going back if the future isn't the one you left?
Movie: Punishment Park ( 1972 )
"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game. The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels' progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew's coverage is meant to insure that the military's intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60's counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scenes real tempers seem to flare as some of the "acting" got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinéma vérité style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director - would the actors be able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking - pushed some to the brink. The cast's emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully.
Movie: 1984 ( 1984 )
In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
Movie: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind ( 1984 )
Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
TV Show: Revolution ( 2012 )
What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape void of electricity: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights -- has mysteriously blacked out forever.
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.
TV Show: The Man in the High Castle ( 2015 )
The Man in the High Castle is a startling depiction of an alternate history as imagined by author Philip K. Dick in his best-selling novel; a world in which Nazi Germany and Japan were victorious in World War II. The year is 1962 and the Axis Powers occupy the United States, where fascism rules and the few surviving Jews hide under assumed names.
TV Show: Black Mirror ( 2011 )
Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone--a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. Black Mirror is a contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.
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