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What are some good dystopian sic-di movies.

(mod edit: cyberpunk goes in here too)
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Displacer beast from D&D lol.




You mean S.T.A.L.K.E.R.


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Not a movie but a video-game; Atomic Heart. For those not in the know it's sort of a Soviet-Punk Bioshock Infinite. It's got some interesting aspects and dystopian elements. Basically it's a Soviet Union after a robot apocalypse, which happened because the USSR's population was heavily lowered by the Nazis unleashing the Brown Plague on Europe as a last measure resort because the USSR was defeating it in WW-2, which started in 1939 instead of 1941. Without spoiling, the basic endgame is either a madman that seeks to control the world through his mind-program which would remove free will from humanity through chips in their head. The alternative is for a former scientist madman turned AI seeking to eradicate inefficient humanity and instead supplant it with his own robotic world which he would control absolutely. The main character is trying to find out and stop the reason for the Robots going out of control and killing people, and finds this out over the games passage. There's a lot more nuances but that's the gist of it. It's aesthetically quite pleasing in terms of Sovietesque design and ideas, but it also has plenty of modern stupid crap, including the dialogue. Frankly it's just worth the retro-futuristic vibes, even if a lot of things are… 'off'.


Reviews I recommend





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Avatar thread BTW >>31830


The Avatar thread is newer than those posts.


I was told the mad scientist wanting to control human minds was made up by the former scientist madman turned AI to fool the main character into helping him


Yes I know, considering one of them is my post from way back when. I was just linking the thread, since some anons are allergic to using Catalog search.

Not entirely made-up, just some aspects were falsified, such as the red rage psychedelic moments, where the character goes through a playable acid trip and wakes up at the scene of a massacre, this was caused by themad-scientist-turned-Glove-AI but the AI instead claims it was caused by the guy seeking to mind control humanity. The guy still wants to do the mind-control thing, but it's not that simple in essence. Honestly the endings are pretty grimdark and lame.


I'm honestly surprised that they didn't utilize the dog-head mech experiments of the USSR to create literal cyborg guard dogs.

Its real, there are videos


The Safe & Sound Cyberpunk 2077 "PSA"s are fucking hilarious bits of satire with the cutesy cartoon design clearly referencing Paw Patrol.



>cubes of celebrity meat
I'm not even surprised.


"It is every citizen's final duty to go into the tanks and become one with all the people."


What did people think of AI - Our Shiny New Robot King | Sophie from Mars ?


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Reposting a set of old effort posts of mine in relation to these.

Stop consuming bourgeois food. Junk food, sodas (COKEacola), etc. are a bourgeois invention of the capitalist epoch made for addiction and profit that your body doesn't need. You must eat organic food, drink water and more natural alternatives. You can produce whole foods at industrial scale. It's just cheaper to separate the parts and recombine them synthetically because porky likes profits and doesn't care about proles (if anything sick proles feed Big Pharma so it would be in their mutual interests).

The "MEME" of organic food was not a common thing, but the actual concept existed. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. The USSR did just that. They didn't have cow pens where they would be raised in a 3x6 cage with shit running down their legs, or chickens that were kept in rigid boxes with their beaks set to a constant supply of food. Cage-free, free-range eggs are "organic", compare their contents to that of a GMO chicken. The latter gets pumped with so many hormones and live in such squalor that the egg products are in and of themselves tainted by this. Meat wasn't *'Pink Slime' but the real deal, which is why, after Gorbachev fucked it up, there were jokes about Sausage meat replaced by toilet paper.

Communist countries didn't call their food industries "organic" - in non-profit driven states, there is no incentive to have cheap harmful food and expensively modified, slightly better versions of the same. all food was "organic" and affordable to everyone. just to give one example, dairy products weren't stuffed with preservatives to the point where a yogurt bottle can stay on shelves half a year or so, but were refreshed each 24-48h. Pesticides used were often tobacco based or otherwise natural and therefore far less harmful than the frog-mutating crap used in California or other places.

For more detail see the food section of https://www.quora.com/Did-the-Soviet-economy-work-at-all/answer/Chuck-Garen

>muh GMO is just conspiracy

Monsanto is a massive monopoly that exerts massive pressure on the scientific community and economy to push its products through. This is capitalist self-interest for it to push that shit onto us. Organic food is more expensive so only the middle class and bourgeois can only eat like this everyday. If you think they wouldn't do that, then read Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, about how they canned rat corpses, rat shit and rat poison along with the meat being sold to ordinary people.

- https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/monsanto-agrees-plead-guilty-illegally-using-pesticide-corn-growing-fields-hawaii-and
- https://pikabu.ru/story/10_faktov_o_vrede_gmo_3371739
- https://archive.org/details/jungle01sincgoog/page/n9/mode/2up
- *https://www.quora.com/topic/Pink-Slime

>Scientists: Unregulated and poorly managed food production and industry is creating massive climate impacts

>Porky: time to eat le bugs peasants
Bug eating and pod living is the ultimate neolib wet dream, the definitive version of worker alienation.
>but muh farms!
These are experimental farms producing very expensive, boutique products for niche markets. A cricket burger would cost you like $50. It's not a cheap filler. Insects are a heck of a lot harder to cultivate cleanly, I certainly don't think the crickets sold in Petco are very hygienic and there aren't very many options to cultivating them. You need a plague's worth of locusts to equate the food needs provided by a single cow and managing the hygiene of that number of individuals is much harder than handling a couple bovines.

Bugs are often dirty and have many diseases and parasites specifically made to transfer through consumption of an invertebrate host, and it can be fatal. There's a reason humans largely evolved to not eat most insects and even tribes usually cook them in some manner before consuming them. And yes, I'm sure SOME bugs can be made safe to eat. But I'd rather not, and people shouldn't be forced to. INB4 climate change, Medieval societies in Europe had meat, fruit & grain to eat pre-industrial revolution so obvious it is possible to have that without destroying the climate, and Soviet Agriculture also proved itself.
https://leftypedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Plan_for_the_Transformation_of_Nature (now https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/The_Great_Plan_for_the_Transformation_of_Nature)

It's a bit like the overweight thinking it's easier to convince everyone that fat can be sexy, instead of just losing weight themselves if they're that uncomfortable with it. It's easier to continue with the decimation of the planet's ecosystem and have us all live on mashed up cockroaches (of course, they will still get their fill of steaks no matter how rare and expensive it becomes), than to just stop destroying the planet for profit.

If you needed more proof, the current lab-cultivated meat is a demonstration of this: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/jun/17/lab-grown-meat-no-kill-food
>In Singapore, the US company Eat Just gained approval to sell its nuggets of lab-grown chicken to consumers in December 2020. Under the brand name “Good Meat”, Eat Just rolled out its first products at an exclusive social club. Diners sample a bao with sesame chicken and pickled cucumber and a maple waffle served with chicken nuggets.
>In April, Eat Just partnered with another restaurant to begin introducing its chicken to a wider public via a delivery service. As well as the Asian chicken salad, the Cantonese restaurant is also selling their novel meat in the form of chicken dumpling and chicken fried rice. Demand has already been high – just a few minutes after appearing online, the eight servings for the day were sold out.
>Cultured meat has made strides in the last few years, but production remains small. Although the science of tissue culture has been around for more than half a century, growing sufficient flesh to make an edible product at a competitive price has been the major challenge. Good Meat’s meals are priced at 23 Singapore dollars (about US$17) – certainly not a cheap portion.

Also note that many people do not feel like consuming insects.
>The European Consumer Organisation, BEUC, surveyed consumers from 11 European countries (Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia) to find out people's attitudes towards sustainable foods and alternative protein sources
>Two-thirds of consumers would change their diet for the environment and would rather eat plant-based burgers (without GMOs) and sustainable proteins like legumes rather than nibble on insects, even though bugs have the same amount of protein as poultry and beef. Only 10% of consumers would prefer insects over plant-based proteins.

This isn't to say that Modern Bourg Agriculture is good or seeking alternatives to it is bad, but that porky is clearly being exploitative. I think everyone recalls the Cockroach slabs in Snowpiercer and the class-warfare narrative. That said, modern bourg production systems are terrible. Besides the ethically terrible treatment of animals, it's also extremely harmful. Cattle production is the most carbon-intensive form of animal protein and is the top agricultural source of greenhouse gases worldwide, estimated to amount to 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. If you've ever been to the Texas Panhandle, there are massive feedlot operations dotting the landscape with thousands of cattle in a single lot literally burping and farting out enormous amounts of ammonia 24/7 and it's so pervasive it can burn your nose and eyes, and in the evening when the winds blow in, this combination of ammonia and airborne fecal matter drift into nearby Amarillo and you can smell it everywhere you go. People there call it "shust" (shit dust) and "shog" (shit smog).

As for Lab Meat, having eaten some, I have to say that it's not that tasty, lacking fat and the influences of the environment and food on the flesh that a real, living cow has. It's still a good supplement and alternative to Pink Slime Burgers, but I wouldn't call it a replacement. Currently its best use could be niche; supplementing real meat supplies for countries lacking food and providing opportunities for faithful Muslims and Jews to taste haram food without being punished.
>Abdul Qahir Qamar of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy said that cultured meat "will not be considered meat from live animals, but will be cultured meat." For cells derived from pigs, dogs, and other haram animals, the meat would be considered vegetative and "similar to yogurt and fermented pickles.


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Just realized that I never put the meaning of the abbreviation in my post: Trials in Tainted Space


Yeah I agree the sequel was trash. All the literally me gosling movies are trash, Drive. I might try and give 2049 a rewatch but I doubt I'd like it any better. Haven't seen it since the theaters.


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Read Hardwired, the novel Pondsmith based the game on.


Anyone here read Flow My Tears The Policemen Said? I thought it kind of sucked especially the ending. Didn't seem like PKD went into the story with any real point in mind. I'll probably read Do Androids Dream of Electric sheep next.

I really liked Man In The High Castle, I think that counts as dystopian. Maze of Death was also really good, pretty dustopian elements as well.


Thanks, will do.

I've honestly heard of none of these other than Electric Sheep, thanks for the accidental reccs.


Reality 2024


>It's just cheaper to separate the parts and recombine them synthetically because porky likes profits
It's not even about cheapness really. To the degree that processing food is about that, it's to extend shelf life and make managing the supply chain easier (whole food being heterogeneous will spoil at the rate of the fastest-spoiling component). The main reason there's a million ingredients in everything has more to do with each part of the process being "value added" on the commodity. Capitalism does this all the time, adding useless bullshit that costs money so that the industry that makes that additive can exist. That's why so many foods have some dumb gimmick attached to them, like cookies starting to add palm oil to make them "chewy" (even though you can do that by changing how you cook them and the ratio of the existing ingredients).


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For the past few days I've been playing a porny Fall-out parody being made by a guy going by Zem who'd previously made a game called Paccsu. The parody, called A.I.D.A is an old school dungeon crawler with fights, quests, mobs, bosses, level-ups, equipment upgrades etc. It's still in progress, the current version being 0.389. I found it rather enjoyable even as a game, the artstyle is pretty good and the plot is okay too. Dystopia wise its a typical post-nuclear war situation, and the main character you play as is the creation of a horny scientist, the titular character Aida - parodying ADA the Assaultron, with a Haydee skin too.

Nothing deep about it, but it's fun, so I thought I'd share. If anyone wants the game's latest version, I can post a Zip, and if you feel like supporting the author, it's 5$ for the latest version on itch.io. The free version usually available is 0.311


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I've made a mistake posting this in the Cyberpunk Dystopia thread. It really belongs in the Post-Apocalyptic thread >>4483


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Found an interesting dystopian Visual Novel game (pic 1 rel) called Hardcoded. I haven't had a chance to play it so I don't know much more than some demo stuff I've looked up and their page for it, but it looks strange and cyberpunk so I thought I'd mention it ITT.

Also another interesting game is something mentioned in >>>/anime/21056 called My Dystopian Robot GF (pic 2) wherein the main character who is a depressed NEET finds a damaged, illegal gynoid. The game is a bit slow and drag a bit, and if you're not optimal in your choices you'll end up dying, but it was still an interesting depiction of a perverse version of a Robocop-like world.

Both are relatively primitive and sex-oriented games (as to be expected) but they do have interesting satire of a dystopian cyberpunk world.


Pandorum was rather good dystopian horror scifi I watched few days ago.


I usually cringe when people complain about movies being underrated, but this movie is actually underrated. Although I wouldn't call it dystopian.


I knew ready player one was based
fuck you twitter and the shit 12 year old that made fun of this masterpiece without reading the book


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>The Russian robot Promobot has started working in North Korea. The android was hired as a teaching assistant in several educational institutions in Pyongyang. This was reported by the press service of the Promobot company.
>The project of introducing robot teachers was presented at Pyongyang University (DPRK). According to the developers, the project is designed to modernize the country's education sector. As part of the work, the Promobot robot will give lectures, check tests and answer students' questions.
>The first educational institution where the Russian machine will start working will be the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Later, Promobot will appear in other universities and schools in the country.


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Borderlands is getting a movie apparently, looks pretty cool to me.


Anon that looks like shit


…do you remember Borderlands skins and shit? It's always been full of these Tank-Girl-ripoff designs.


I mean yeah I'm pretty much not a fan of borderlands anymore because the writing was just so bad and the games aren't that fun. But that pic you posted just looks lame, I can't be bothered to look up anything else


You know what I'm sorry for being an ass, I can't sleep and I'm in a bad mood, and the people next door are making too much fucking noise at 3.39am

Hopefully it turns out to be alright and you enjoy it


I feel you comr8, try taking Melatonin, might knock you out enough to sleep. And thanks, I'm not expecting much, just cheesy action fun.


Thanks. I'm on holiday so can't really do that much, I have sleeping pills but they wipe me out the next day so don't really see the point in taking them. Honestly you can't really hear them from the bed anyway but it's annoying me sitting here in the living room

I just don't wanna be super tired tomorrow and ruin our holiday more than I already did today by napping for like 5 hours


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Speaking of Starship Troopers, the recent Helldivers 2 game has gotten attention on the book and films again, because of the "kill bug invasion" game-setting and now it's got click-bait all over the internet. And of course the liberals and rightoids have to start political shitflinging e-drama to boot. Some liberal "critics" called the game bad because "muh monster killing is le rasist" and then the rightoids starting complaining loudly in response and its just so boring. I honestly wish the book/films remained obscure, because burger e-drama ruins the enjoyment of anything.


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Whelp we finally have it. Now that Elon isn't worshipped by the media because he'd vocal about his opinions that go against the mainstream, tihngs are finally being questioned. We'll see how it progresses





Thankfully none of us are Elon or vocal about our opinions. We'd survive less than he did, lol.

But Zizek being the owner of SpaceX and Xitter would be kinda fun… Now I unironically want Zizek to replace Elon.


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>scifi series about ayyliens conquering earth
>world wide every screen says we are bugs
Zisek and other cultural commentators could make witty remarks about this one.


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Also made the mistake of saying Fall-out instead of Fallout.


I for one welcome our new conquerors. We do not deserve to live as a species.


You are all objectively wrong. Villenueve made a film that is not just a sequel but an expansion. I say it is better than the original.


It's more just a different sort of film. Either works by itself really, but they also add to each other. The sequel isn't supposed to be a continuation of the same story or a retread but something else in the same world at a different time.


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Recently read this article about the planned new Judge Dredd-esque prison complex in New York City. Considering the increasing violent and drug crime levels, rent and food price inflation, recent deployment of the National Guard and now this 2.0 version of The Tombs, it feels like NYC is genuinely becoming the dystopia from Escape from New York.



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As I reiterated in >>>/alt_archive/5937 Cameron's recent ventures have given me little faith in him. The same applies to Ridley Scott with his abysmal Alien Covenant and how he essentially killed Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 attempt by basically pressuring the studio to prioritize his shoddy Prometheus trilogy, dooming a promising sequel that offered an alternate Alien 3 scenario. I bring this up because Alien Romulus is coming out soon and while the teaser doesn't tell me enough about it's quality, the fact that BOTH Ridley Scott and James Cameron not only publicly supported the film (giving me Terminator Genysis/Dark Fate vibes) but also gave input/criticism/advice (i.e. pressure a la Dark Fate) to Director Fede Álvarez, who stated:
>"It’s also fascinating because [Cameron and Scott’s] notes and comments are completely different. (Laughs.) They wouldn’t repeat a note. Whatever Ridley said, Cameron said something different."
Although innocuous in a vaccuum considering the similarities to behind-the-scenes regarding the Alien and Terminator franchises, it makes me wary.

However it's not all doom and gloom. The trailer's atmosphere reminded me of the recent Dark Descent video-game which really embraced the grimdark aspect of xenomorphs. I only hope they don't do shitty, dark lighting, as often happens nowadays, a la AvP: Requiem . Álvarez seems to be genuine about his appreciation for the franchise, though simply saying such things isn't much with how often that claim is used.

The cast has potential although they're a little too young IMO, but we'll see, maybe they're just the survivors while the adults die, or some adult characters may feature as secondary roles.
Isabela Merced is a wonderful actress, playing one of the leading roles, so I have hopes for her. Amara Namani wasn't great in her break-out film Pacific Rim: Uprising, but she wasn't terrible either, I think it was just bad directing that undercut her, so I think she might pull it off, especially with that Ripley visual reference in the trailer. Tommy Collins is also a pretty good actor, being quite real in the roles I've seen.

The plot summary so far is promising, reminiscent of the Alien: Isolation game and makes sense, while also tearing out of the rut of relying on actors and characters from the prior main films, while still paying homage to them.
>Set between the events of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), the story concerns a group of young space colonists who, while scavenging a derelict space station, come face to face with a terrifying alien.

Interview with Alvarez: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/alien-romulus-trailer-ridley-scott-1235856321/


Just saw the teaser, not hopeful. CGI face huggers chasing people around, and it looks basically like a remake of the original. I love that film, and other works that use the Alien license, but I don't reckon this will stand out from any other monster-in-space film. Why do we need it? It's like that The Thing prequel that nobody remembers.


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>it looks basically like a remake of the original.
I don't think so, it's just a similar aesthetic, which makes sense given what its about.
>CGI facefuggers
Yeah that is pretty lame NGL.
>I don't reckon this will stand out from any other monster-in-space film… Why do we need it?
Alien and Aliens is a pretty damn high bar tbh, I'd just appreciate a good movie in the same verse. The older films and media are fun, but something new (that isn't schlock like Prey or Covenant) would be nice.
>It's like that The Thing prequel that nobody remembers
I 'member… it wasn[t that great but I thought the prequel was pretty decent for something made essentially by fans with a budget. Although if you're looking for a similar movie to The Thing, try Harbinger Down (2015).

Honestly I'm just sad we'll never see Blomkamp's ideas realized


Really not a fan of the second film, but I loved the first one. The scene where the protagonist drops to his knees at the ruined Statue of Liberty was perfect.


They should just adapt the post Aliens comic books where Hicks, Newt, and Ripley team up to kill the Queen Mother and the Earth gets wrecked by mind controlled xenomorph cultists.

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