Love my dystopian sci-fi ! I’m a big sci-fi fan anyway and when you combine it with near-future elements and throw in a dystopian theme it can all add up to be not just entertaining but also thought provoking.
There are reams of films from which to choose in this category — dating all the way back to Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent masterpiece Metropolis.
Just watched Enders Game and I quite enjoyed it. Based on the hugely popular YA book of the same title by Orson Scott Card (yes he of the terrible racists rants) this is the first in the series. Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. Heavy on the CGI, but that is a viewing hazard with anything futuristic, as the stuff hasn’t been invented yet and only exists in the minds of the artists so its not like the props department can run out and rent it.
Character development is pretty good and young Asa Butterfield turned in another good performance — you’ll know him from Hugo. Harrison Ford was pretty darn good in this as well. Don’t get me wrong — I like Ford, but he can be very wooden. This is the most emotion I’ve seen from him in quite a while. Round out the cast with a bunch of other solid young actors like Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin, throw in some Oscar winners like Sir Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis (The Help) and it’s a pretty good way to spend two hours.
This certainly won’t be for everybody, but if you like the Hunger Games and Divergent chances are good you’ll like this. But do pay attention to the PG warning. There are some seriously harsh and disturbing scenes with the young people.