The Dangers in Our Society

556 WordsJan 26, 20182 Pages
Ender Ho Prof Jawad Ali LBST 301 April 2014 Dystopia has never been a stranger to the science-fiction movie genre nor popular culture. Indeed, Metropolis (1927), set in a futuristic urban dystopia, is regarded as the first feature length science-fiction movie; Professor Saul Tobias of California State University, Fullerton, assigns his Liberal Studies 300 students to watch the dystopian science fiction thriller, Blade Runner; and The Hunger Games movie series set opening day and opening weekend gross records in North America. Although dystopian science-fiction films are, by definition, works of fiction, they resonate with its viewers because the realities of poverty, oppression, and violence depicted in the films are indeed realities in the world in which the viewer lives. The Hunger Games is a series that holds the imagination captive, as its stories deal with themes larger than itself. The themes amidst the dystopian setting are the same ones its viewers wrestle with every day: love, compassion, and justice in the midst of oppression. The dystopian story resonates with its viewers because it leaves open the possibility that injustice and oppression can be overcome, but it acknowledges that the process will be unpleasant and loaded with hardships. Yet for many this sort of cinema represents the only honest way of imaginatively responding to the injustices in society. Films like The Hunger Games series create space for conversation about oppressive systems in the world,
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