Movies were invented to help us escape from reality, to enjoy something other than our mundane lives, and to imagine a world that was much better than our own. At least that's what we thought.
Over the last few decades, the movie industry has turned into something else. No longer are we treated to the technicolor dreamscapes of musicals and forbidden romances but we are subjected to a whole host of depressing dystopian nightmares with a hopeless view on what's to come.
It's not all bad though. Science-fiction allows audiences to understand the world around us without having to confront the issues directly, not yet anyway. Sure, many science-fiction movies hold an essence of truth and some do pretty well in predicting the future. But at the end of the day, it's still just a movie... right?
Science-Fiction doesn't have to be warm, it doesn't have that added responsibility of making you feel better. In fact, many Science-Fiction movies end up making you more depressed than you were before watching the thing. It might sound demoralizing but it's always good to be prepared. You never know, some of these movies might have a point.
12. The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator certainly knows how to portray a bleaker than bleak future. In fact, it becomes rather difficult not to side with Skynet (the artificial superintelligence system) that manages to achieve consciousness and protect itself from a world of bloodthirsty humans whose prime personality traits come in the form of selfishness and greed. Looking at it more closely, they kind of seem like the good guys in all of this.
Unfortunately, this a Hollywood movie and rooting for the supposed bad guy doesn't really bode well especially when you have someone as badass as Sarah Connor attempting to save the world. But then that's the thing? Does she really save the world?
Nope, not really. The world is still going to endure the destruction of nuclear war and millions of unnecessary deaths that will happen because of it. It seems nuclear war is a common theme among dystopian science fiction flicks and guess what? Nothing ever good comes of it.
Hmm, maybe they are trying to tell us something.