It’s exciting to explore the uncomfortable aspects of life in a dystopian future. Stories set in these dark times skirt the edge of horror, giving us a peek into a world that’s familiar yet foreign. There’s always that looming question: “What if?”
Might we ever wake up to realize our lives have become confined by strange rules? Could our world ever turn into an oppressive society — or is that already happening? We hope not, because we’d like to keep our love of bleak futures squarely in the realm of fiction.
Here’s a set of fascinating new dystopian films coming soon to an AMC near you.
Zombieland: Double Tap
After 10 years, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are back, and they're taking over the White House ... or what used to be the White House. All is well with the dysfunctional family until Little Rock runs off with a hippie stranger, and the remaining zombie hunters must venture out to track her down — while fighting off the undead, who are more ravenous than ever. As they journey across America's heartland, they meet other survivors, including characters played by Zoey Deutch and Rosario Dawson. Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch also join the cast, as Tallahassee's and Columbus' counterparts. (October 18)
Terminator: Dark Fate
Protecting the future of humanity is a family business, as Sarah Connor and her son, John, fight to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Skynet from taking over the world. Many of the previous TERMINATOR sequel storylines are — excuse us — terminated, as James Cameron returns to the franchise he created in 1984. Cameron is on board as a producer this time, while directing duties fall to DEADPOOL helmer Tim Miller.
The new movie picks up where TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY left off in 1999, and original star Linda Hamilton returns to the series at long last. She’s joined by a few new characters: Mackenzie Davis plays either an enhanced human or a flesh-wrapped Terminator. (The trailer and footage from CinemaCon show she is augmented at the very least.) Natalia Reyes plays Dani Ramos, an innocent woman being hunted by Terminators like Sarah was in the first two films. There’s a new villain, too, played by Gabriel Luna.
And of course Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as a humanoid robot. Frankly, the joint return of Cameron and Hamilton is more than enough of a lure to draw us toward this bleak future. (November 1)
In 2012, Shawn Levy was on deck to director MONSTER PROBLEMS, but the project sort of fell apart. Fast forward to the present, Levy has taken on the producer role, and Michael Matthews is in the director's chair.
You'd think after seven years we'd have some concrete details about the movie, but no luck. Here's what we do know. As you may have guessed from the title, MONSTER PROBLEMS is set in a world overrun with monsters. The MAZE RUNNER series' Dylan O'Brien stars alongside Michael Rooker, who serves as his survival mentor. According to an article from Variety, the pair embark on a road trip to reunite O'Brien with the girl he loves. Dan Ewing, Jessica Henwick and Arianna Greenblatt co-star. (March 6, 2020)
Young Todd Hewitt has been raised to believe that all women and nearly all men on his colony home of New World were once killed by a virus. Those who lived were left with the ability to hear “noise,” a constant stream of thoughts and emotions from humans and animals alike. Then, Todd meets Viola, who lives in a strange zone of silence. Her existence leads him to question his entire understanding of society — and the two set out to investigate what really happened on New World.
Tom “Spider-Man” Holland and Daisy “Rey” Ridley star in this adaptation of the fan-favorite novel “The Knife of Never Letting Go,” by Patrick Ness. EDGE OF TOMORROW filmmaker Doug Liman directs, and the cast also includes luminaries such as Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo and Cynthia Erivo. (2020)