The so-called “dystopian future” fascinates many plots and spectators. The last film that can be inserted in this disturbing category is the stop-motion animation of Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs.
In a Japan of 2037 all dogs are removed from the country by an executive decree because of a canine flu and are thus found in a landfill renamed Trash Island. Only one boy goes in search of his faithful friend, Spots, trying to free the others as well. In the future of Anderson, the solution to the problem becomes “getting rid of the problem” by creating an island where getting rid of the undesirables.
Another film focusing on a social theme is The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek director’s film debut build a bizarre dystopic near future where men and women are forced to have a partner. If a person over forty years old is still alone, he or she will be deported in a hotel for forty-five days in order to find a life partner. Without it you don’t deserve to live in the society anymore so you are going to be transform into an animal that you can chose and you are going to be abandoned in the woods. So there is a portrait of a society where it is necessary to be accompanied by someone in order to be accepted.
Going instead to explore a kind of action and adventure movie, we mention Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. We are in the United States in 2054 where peace reigns thanks to the pre-crime team: three men with paranormal abilities that provide for crimes and prevent them. And here it is discovered the flaw of the system, the ambassador of this peace is seen by the team as the next serial killer. A mix of paranormal science fiction, set in a seemingly perfect society. The message that tries to convey? Without sacrifice and compromise, progress and evolution are not conceived.