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Science Fiction: Films of the Future

Welcome to the future! If you believe what Hollywood tells us, we're either headed for a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland or a shiny plastic world where everyone wears the same color. Which would you prefer?

For even more titles, you can browse the library catalog under the subject: Science Fiction Films.

 
1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)
A sinister corporation that controls New York City sends an enforcer cop to retrieve the CEO's daughter, who has taken shelter with a gang leader.
 
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
In 2001, a monolith is uncovered on the moon, pointing to Jupiter. On a mission to discover the source of the monolith, the ship's computer goes mad, leading to four astronaut's deaths and another's continued evolution.
 
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
David, an advanced android, embarks on an extraordinary adventure to discover the secret of his own identity. Believing in the story of Pinocchio, David dreams of becoming a real boy.
 
∆onFlux (2005)
400 years in the future, after a virus kills off 99% of the world population, only one city on Earth remains. Ruled by the Goodchild dynasty, it is a perfect society of peace and prosperity - except that its citizens keep mysteriously disappearing.
 
Blade Runner (1982)
Rick Deckard prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. He's a "blade runner" stalking genetically-made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human.
 
Children of Men (2006)
London, 2027. Humanity has become infertile and no child has been born for 18 years. Science is at loss to explain the reason. Immigration is a crime and refugees are caged like animals. In this climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with Julian, his revolutionary ex-wife, in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant. Based on the novel by P.D. James.
 
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime. Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.
 
Equilibrium (2002)
In the future, after a Third World War has decimated much of the Earth's population, a new nation arose that decreed that all citizens must take a drug which levels out the emotional landscape, and that creative expression is against the law. An elite law enforcement officer who tracks down and punishes "sense offenders" one day fails to take his drug, and for the first time begins experiencing emotions himself.
 
Escape from New York (1981)
A chilling vision of the future, when New York has become an enclosed, maximum security penitentiary. Air Force One crash lands inside and the President is held hostage. Only one man can bring him back!
 
The Fifth Element (1997)
Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of evil. Only the fifth element can stop the evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years.
 
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009)
In this animated television series from the makers of 'The Simpsons', dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. More shocking, Bender's in love with a married fembot and Leela's on the run from the Zapp Brannigan's law. Fry is the last hope of the universe and has been recruited for an ultra-top-secret mission. Check out the other Futurama tiles.
 
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
The handmaids are those few women who can still bear children after the combined ravages of chemical pollution and civil war. A woman caught trying to escape the soldiers of the Republic of Gilead is found to be fertile, marking her for handmaid servitude, but also bringing her within the society of the ruling elite. Based on the novel The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
 
The Island (2005)
Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a utopian facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to "the Island." But Lincoln soon realizes that everything about his existence is a lie. He discovers that all of the inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones.
 
The Matrix (1999)
In an anti-utopian future, the "real" world as we know it is nothing more than a computer construct, created by an all-powerful artificial intelligence. A small group of humans as found a way out of the construct, and are now fighting for the future of the human race.
 
Metropolis (1926)
In the future, an above-ground city of lightness, culture, and respectability is kept going only by an enslaved proletariat laboring beneath in a nightmarish, cruel, and dark underground place. An early silent film classic by Fritz Lang.
 
Minority Report (2002)
Washington, D.C. has been murder-free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the Pre-crime unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up. Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.
 
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
In the not-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges called GENECO, a biotech company that offer organ transplants, but at a steep price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and are hunted by the Repo Man.
 
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality as a notorious drug dealer. Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.
 
The Terminator (1984)
In 2029, giant super-computers dominate the planet and to destroy man's future by changing the past, they send an indestructible cyborg, a Terminator, back in time to kill a woman whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope.
 
THX 1138 (1970)
A man whose mind and body are controlled by the government ... makes a harrowing attempt to escape from a world where thoughts are controlled, freedom is an impossibility and love is the ultimate crime.