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    Yeah, Star Trek is pretty optimistic.


    So is Planet of the Apes. At least I think so.

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    Most futuristic movies are using the bleakness of the future as a plot device, where the characters are either pitted against the system or trying to change things to make them less bleak. If the future is truly eutopian, then the conflict has to lie elsewhere.

    I personally hated much of the Star Trek future because it was too optimistic and just didn't seem realistic. The reboot seems alright, I suppose.

    We should make a list of the most depressing "future movies"....

    1. Dark City
    2. Logan's Run
    3. Total Recall
    4. Never Let Me Go
    5. In Time
    6. A Clockwork Orange
    7. Gattaca
    8. Blade Runner
    9. 12 Monkeys
    10. Solaris
    11. Alien 3
    12. AI

    Some of the movies (like Gattaca) do have redemptive moments, but the world is pretty dark.

    Side note: I found this list of generally depressing movieswhen looking for bleak futuristic movies... the descriptions were pretty funny. I've seen most of them.
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    Those Planet of the Apes ones are pretty uplifting, if you're a monkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    We should make a list of the most depressing "future movies"....

    1. Dark City
    2. Logan's Run
    3. Total Recall
    4. Never Let Me Go
    5. In Time
    6. A Clockwork Orange
    7. Gattaca
    8. Blade Runner
    9. 12 Monkeys
    10. Solaris
    11. Alien 3
    12. AI
    Should I be worried that most of these are in at least my top 20 movies?
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    Demolition Man showed a future so eutopian it made some of people living in it want to scream.
    Don't make whine out of sour grapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelric View Post
    Watch more Star Trek

    You might have to sit through some cringeworthy plots, and some truly wooden Shatner-esque acting, but generally, they have a pretty good outlook on the future. Some of them are even pretty good movies. But if he fires up Star Trek V, run away and go do... well, anything else. Except watch a Highlander sequel movie in the other room. Even Star Trek V isn't *that* bad.
    My thoughts exactly. All of the iterations of the series have been generally positive, in that while the protagonists must often confront scary situations or daunting odds, they overcome or resolve them, and often learn through the experience. Star Trek's future orientation is one reason I have always preferred it to Star Wars, which by contrast shows a fantasy "past".
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    The problem with Utopian futures is that there aren't enough problems to make a good story out of it. Conflict draws us in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    [YOUTUBE="d68yRIE9OvQ"]Back To The Future Part II[/YOUTUBE]

    In three years we will have flying cars, holographic movies and incredibly bad fashion sense!
    I thought of the same thing. Back to the Future 2 is the only positive example of a movie future that comes to my mind.

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    How did I forget to mention Brazil?

    (I guess it depends on whether you see the real version or the "Love Conquers All" version.)
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

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    This isn't a movie, but Mirror's Edge's "dystopia" has some of the shiniest windows I've ever seen, so not everything is so bad in the future!

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