7 Dystopian Films to Make You Fear Big Brother

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With Divergent hitting theaters this weekend, dystopian entertainment — books, films, and television — continues to be a hot genre with the Hunger Games series set to continue dominating the box office when the final two films in the series are released in November of 2014 and 2015. While Divergent is already getting the kind of early critical reception that doesn’t bode well if the pattern continues, it isn’t likely to matter much for a film that is showing signs of being critic proof. In fact, BoxOffice.com is predicting a $68 million opening and a $159 million domestic take. For a film that cost $85 million to produce, there’s no doubt that more films in the series are sure to follow, especially when the overseas box office is added to the figure.

Dystopian films may be the hot ticket in 2014, but the genre has a rich history both in literature and film. You may be asking: what exactly is a dystopia? The simple definition is that it is the opposite of a utopia. Whereas a utopia is defined as a community or society with desirable or perfect qualities, a dystopia is just the opposite, a community or society in which characteristics are frightening or undesirable. From that basic definition, the actual defining characteristics start to become murky, but dystopian film and literature tends to focus on society as leading to dehumanization, the focus on powerful totalitarian governments, the effects of disaster on society, and many other qualities that lead to alienation when met with the society as a whole.

With that being said, here are seven of the most famous and well-known dystopian films of all time. 

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