The Future Sucks: 15 of the most depressing dystopian sci-fi films

9. Wall-E

The Earth is inevitably polluted beyond habitability by humans, and we leave robots to attempt to reverse the damage. One such trash-collector robot becomes self-aware after dutifully cleaning up our mess for centuries on end, and sees beauty where humans only left garbage. Also, the only fully CG animation on our list.

The remaining humans who flee the earth all live on a titanic space-vessel, where generations of indolence and general laziness have resulted in everyone being morbidly obese and relying on robots for everything. And we mean everything. Does living with fat people who can’t do anything on their own sound good to you? We didn’t think so.

Likeliness: Fat people exist. Robots are getting smarter. The world is becoming covered in trash. If we manage to shore up space travel in the near future, Wall-E’s planet earth might just be around the corner.

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8. The Matrix

The Matrix follows Neo, a computer hacker who soon discovers that nothing in his world is real, and that he is nothing more than a bio-electric battery for “the machines”, humankind’s robot overlords. He is taught to do kung fu, because that’s important, and because he is “the One”.

The future doesn’t get any bleaker than robots making humans into batteries. From birth, babies are implanted with bio-electrodes that connect to a grid. Their minds are kept stable by being kept connected to a digital environment they perceive as normal reality - known as the Matrix.

And did we mention the remaining free humans are constantly under threat from huge cyborg squids that patrol the earth?

Likeliness: Well, this is a tough one. We are still some ways away from truly self-aware artificial intelligence, unless it’s just hiding in shadows of the Google servers, waiting for the right time to strike. But the issue here is, how would we know if we were part of the matrix? It could have already happened, and we would be none the wiser. 

7. Cloud Atlas

A really complicated movie that jumped between different timelines in a mindboggling three hours, Cloud Atlas portrayed two future periods: the nearish future and the far future. The future which we are addressing in this article is the nearish one. In this future, we’ve perfected cloning to such a degree that it is become the obvious solution to all our major problems - labor and food shortage.

Clones are basically raised and treated as sub-human workers, eventually ending up as raw material for organic slop that they feed to other clones, and normal humans alike. Mmmm - yummy. Soup du jour of cloned human puree, anyone?   

Likeliness: It doesn’t take a genius to work out that growing people to eat is not worth the expense or the trouble, even if they grow up eating themselves. It is to be said that we have the technology to clone organisms now, although the moral implications of human replication will probably crush any dreams of a human clone factory. Overall, a highly improbable and repulsive solution to global food shortage.

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