Within dystopic fiction, there is often a kind of way out to the dilemmas the society creates or enforces. What do you see as the principal “way out” suggested in each movie, and how does one differ from another? How, as well, do these visions of “wrongness” suggest what is wrong with our own culture, or at least as our culture was in the 1980’s?
Blade Runner depicts life in Los Angeles in November 2019, where human beings are manufactured genetically to carry out risky and undignified work in planet earth’s “off-world colonies”. In this urbanized society of chaos, fear is used as a way of coercing the collective will of its citizenry. Some of these fears include globalization, fear of aliens (earthly and otherwise), fear of immigrants, and a fear of loss of cultural identity. Other elements that contribute to the dystopic state are: widespread acts of violence within the working classes, and a dummy government that . . . Read More