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Don't Watch Dis-Topia, Watch Dat-Topia

These five dystopian movies might not be masterpieces, but they're all better than -- or at least as good as -- The Giver.

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Wow, I'd never heard of the first 3 movies on that list up until now. Really obscure stuff right there. I have seen both Daybreakers and Equilibrium though, and didn't particularly like either.
 

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We tried Equilibrium a while back. When they came into the room searching for art in the first scene, I turned to my wife and said 'if it's the fucking Mona Lisa, we're turning this off'.

Ten seconds later, we turned it off.
 

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Noami Watts. is. my. Waifu. And I didn't even know she was in Tank Girl. It has been some years, though, since I saw the movie. I hope this counts as a defense.
 

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I've been meaning to watch Tank Girl, and now that I know there is a kangaroo Ice-T it must happen.

Flatfrog said:
We tried Equilibrium a while back. When they came into the room searching for art in the first scene, I turned to my wife and said 'if it's the fucking Mona Lisa, we're turning this off'.

Ten seconds later, we turned it off.
You missed a fun movie.
 

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Tank Girl...really? I never cared for the film, though it had quirky amusement from time to time. Also a fan of the main actress (lots of voicework in games and animation), and the incomparable Malcolm McDowell (who was a pleasure to meet in person as well). But no, I would never suggest watching the movie.

Daybreakers and Equilibrium are those not-so-sleeper hits. They are amazing films that most dystopian/action buffs (rightly) know of, but never really got the acclaim that films like Matrix got. Daybreakers had a really smart resolution at the end as well, and neither movie felt pretentious (which is hard to do for many of these films).
 

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Mcoffey said:
I've been meaning to watch Tank Girl, and now that I know there is a kangaroo Ice-T it must happen.

Flatfrog said:
We tried Equilibrium a while back. When they came into the room searching for art in the first scene, I turned to my wife and said 'if it's the fucking Mona Lisa, we're turning this off'.

Ten seconds later, we turned it off.
You missed a fun movie.
Seconded!

To elaborate, there is plenty in it that is kinda generic. It also borrows heavily from some other distopian literature, pulling in random elements from 1984 and Farenheit 451, but it does so mainly as a setup for an awesome action movie. Bob is not wrong, the Gun Kata stuff, while totally unrealistic, looks really really cool.

Hey and Eddard Stark and Taye Diggs are in it.
 

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Flatfrog said:
We tried Equilibrium a while back. When they came into the room searching for art in the first scene, I turned to my wife and said 'if it's the fucking Mona Lisa, we're turning this off'.

Ten seconds later, we turned it off.
That's a shame, it's one of the best action movies to come out in the past 20 years.

As for the other, I couldn't get into Daybreakers, I am of two minds on Tank Girl, and I never go to see Hell Comes to Frogtown or Rollerboys
 

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blackaesir said:
Seconded!

To elaborate, there is plenty in it that is kinda generic. It also borrows heavily from some other distopian literature, pulling in random elements from 1984 and Farenheit 451, but it does so mainly as a setup for an awesome action movie. Bob is not wrong, the Gun Kata stuff, while totally unrealistic, looks really really cool.

Hey and Eddard Stark and Taye Diggs are in it.
Oh yeah. Everything in that movie is to prop up the gun fights. You know the director just wanted to do em because they are completely irrelevant to the plot, and could have been swapped out for regular shooting. Gun Kata was what he was excited about, especially since he kinda brought it back in his next movie, Ultraviolet (That movie was terrible though).
 

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I've been meaning to watch most of these movies for years, but I have seen Daybreakers and thought it was just ok. Then I realized the "cure" for vampirism in the movie is a none-too-subtle metaphor for Baptism (you go through the "fire" of sunlight then get bathed in water) and suddenly the whole thing seemed incredibly preachy and judgmental.

Yeah, I get that the vampirism in this instance was a metaphor for both consumerism and general feelings of alienation in modern society. But I could really have done without the "You need GOD or sooner or later you'll turn into a blood crazed monster with an insatiable lust to kill!" message.
 

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Mcoffey said:
I've been meaning to watch Tank Girl, and now that I know there is a kangaroo Ice-T it must happen.
Oh heck yeah go see it - it's a ridiculously fun movie. I loved it to pieces back in the day. There are some brief animations done in more-or-less the style of the original comic. Would've loved to've seen that for a whole movie, too.

Also bear in mind that it's timestamped with period music, so I can't promise it's aged well if you're not approaching geezer-hood (as I am).


Also, a vague thank you to MovieBob for confirming for me that Prayer of the Rollerboys was not an early 90s hallucination.
 

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Equilibrium is a badass film! I've seen Daybreakers but it really didn't do anything for me.

Elijah Newton said:
Also bear in mind that it's timestamped with period music, so I can't promise it's aged well if you're not approaching geezer-hood (as I am).
I imagine some of the music hasn't aged well but some of it still stands up well for it's age.
 

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If Equilibrium and Day Breakers are not in your movie collection... seriously, you should remedy that!!!
 

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I loved Daybrakers but I found Equilibrium really boring until the last 10 minutes. Not seen the others.
 

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I'd completely forgotten Tank Girl existed until Lori Petty turned up in season 2 of Orange is the New Black, been meaning to try it again, see if I still love it. Such a fun movie, though it's the movie I've seen with the fewest people in the theatre. Saw it with my sister and it was literally just us in there.