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Lord Jubjub
2007-Jul-16, 11:40 PM
I'm back. Southern Utah is an interesting place to hike in. Anyway. . .

This is the results of round 2.

The Finalists
1984 15
Blade Runner 12
Brazil 9

The Rest:
6-7 votes
Robocop
Metropolis
Clockwork Orange
V for Vendetta
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World

4-5 votes
Logan's Run
Dark City
The Matrix
The Handmaid's Tale
Soylent Green
Mad Max

3 votes
The Time Machine (1960)
The Terminator
Rollerball
Gattaca
Children of Men

Roy Batty
2007-Jul-17, 11:14 AM
Had to go with 1984. What? don't looked so shocked :)

parallaxicality
2007-Jul-18, 06:16 PM
I'm not shocked. Why would you vote for a place that wants to kill you?

Anyhoo, I voted for 1984 too. Brazil was a 1984 riff, and Blade Runner, for all its coolness, isn't really a dystopia. In fact it's no worse than New York was in the 80s.

Since we're referring to movies here, let me say that the clincher for my vote was the brutally eloquent interplay between Richard Burton (his last ever performance!) and John Hurt, who will always be Winston Smith to me. The writers did absolutely nothing; they just preserved Orwell's dialogue and let them run with it. When Burton reaches into Hurt's mouth, yanks out one of his teeth and says, "You're rotting away", I get shivers.

Lord Jubjub
2007-Jul-22, 08:46 PM
mmm. . .fewer votes than I expected. . .anyone care to add?

Damien Evans
2007-Jul-26, 01:48 PM
And the winner is 1984

Josh
2007-Jul-27, 12:59 AM
It just occurred to me that City of God should have been in this poll. Oh well. Life doesn't get much more dystopic than that .. especially seeing as it's nearer to reality for those people than most on this list.

Lord Jubjub
2007-Jul-27, 02:37 AM
City of God, unfortunately, is not fiction--let alone science fiction.

Josh
2007-Jul-30, 10:49 AM
Good points, both. Forgot about the necessity for sci-fi.

3rdvogon
2007-Jul-31, 11:03 AM
It seems that the results look about right.

It sort of confirms my belief that for a proper Dystopia you have to set it under dismal grey British skies, California or Australia (and any other sunny place) are to bright to convey the necessary depressing mood.