Best Dystopian Movies on Netflix

Best Dystopian Movies on Netflix

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The cynics among us might argue that with the way things are going now, there’s no need to dive into dystopian movies. Environmental collapse, government mistrust, and even a global pandemic are already underway, so why bother looking for chaos when we’re already living in one? 

But it’s also true that there are merits to dystopian stories—it forces us to view society through a more critical lens, for instance, and the satire and exaggeration that color these movies, apart from being fascinating, also serve as a warning of sorts about where we’re all headed if we don’t reassess our actions. 

So whether you’re in a cynical or critiquing mood, if it’s good dystopian movies you’re looking for, we’ve gathered them here in this list below. 

4. Gattaca (1997)

6.9

Country

United States of America

Director

Andrew Niccol

Actors

Alan Arkin, Blair Underwood, Carlton Benbry, Chad Christ

Moods

Smart, Suspenseful, Thought-provoking

Ethan Hawke, Uma Therman and Jude Law star in this film, set in the not-so-distant future, where humans are genetically engineered to be as close to perfect as possible. Any child who is conceived in the traditional fashion is labeled inferior and is discriminated against by the rest of society. The movie follows the life of Hawke’s character who, although looked down upon and considered genetically inadequate, attempts to break free from the tethers his peers have placed on him to pursue his lifelong dream of traveling to outer-space.

3. The Platform (2019)

7.0

Country

Spain

Director

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Actors

Alexandra Masangkay, Algis Arlauskas, Antonia San Juan, Chema Trujillo

Moods

Challenging, Intense, Thrilling

The Platform is the closest thing to Parasite released so far. This interesting Spanish movie is about 90% a science-fiction drama and 10% a horror movie. It’s an allegory set in a future where prisoners live in vertical cells, and each cell has to wait for the cell above it to eat to get food. Depending on the floor where prisoners wake up, they might not get any food at all. This creates for disturbing situations that are hard to see as not representative of our modern societies.

2. Snowpiercer (2014)

7.9

Country

Czech Republic, Korea, South Korea

Director

Bong Joon-ho

Actors

Adnan Haskovic, Alison Pill, Chris Evans, Clark Middleton

Moods

Action-packed, Depressing, Dramatic

Snowpiercer is an under-the-rader post-apocalyptic thriller that offers the grittiness that many times only Asian cinema may achieve. South Korean director Joon-ho Bong forces audiences to forget that Chris Evans was ever a Marvel superhero, as he leads a revolt of his fellow “low-class” citizens against the self-appointed gentry in a train that contains all remaining members of the planet. With immersive environments and a layered script, this film melds together social commentary and moral discourse in a visually arresting and vastly entertaining package.

1. Okja (2017)

best

8.0

Country

Korea, South Korea, United States of America

Director

Bong Joon-ho, Joon-ho Bong

Actors

Ahn Seo-hyun, Ahn Seong-bong, Amber Snow, An Seo Hyun

Moods

Action-packed, Sunday, Thought-provoking

Director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) does something quite amazing with the $50 million budget Netflix gave him: he makes a simplistic movie. But man, is it good. Okja tells the story of a “super pig” experiment that sends genetically modified pigs to top farmers around the world. In Korea, a farmer’s granddaughter forms a special relationship with one of these super pigs (Okja). When the company who originally ran the experiment want their pig back (performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton) – the two find an ally in an animal advocacy group led by Jay (Paul Dano). This is a straightforward movie, but nevertheless it is entertaining and full of thought-provoking themes and performances from an excellent cast.

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