91251: GENRE REVISION. Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of a media genre. DESCRIBE A GENRE STUDIED: DYSTOPIAN FILM.
Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of a media genre
A genre studied this year is dystopian science fiction film. Dystopian films are set in the future and contain societies very similar to present day but with subtle differences. Usually the dystopia appears to be beneficial in some regard to the human race but in reality it is oppressive and controlling of its citizens. The society is fundamentally flawed with only one elite group benefitting from the misery to which the rest of the society is subject. Dystopian films also tend to reflect an aspect of the society in which they were made and the concerns of that era. Dystopian science fiction films are often used as a vehicle for social commentary and as such are an extremely powerful mode of expression. These films also include impressive special effects which have improved dramatically over time due to technological developments.
The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically engineered organic robots called replicants—visually indistinguishable from adult humans—are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation. Their use on Earth is banned and replicants are exclusively used for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and "retired" by police operatives known as "Blade Runners". The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles. As Nexus-6 models, they have only a four-year lifespan, and have come to Earth to try to extend their lives. Burnt out Blade Runner, Rick Deckard, reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.
Minority Report is set in Washington D.C in the year 2054. The film surrounds the system of “precrime”. A specialist police department apprehends criminals before they commit a crime based on the foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs”. Captain John Anderton, the respected chief of the Washington D.C PreCrime police force is predicted to kill a man named Leo Crow. Anderton kidnaps the most powerful precog “Agatha” and sets out to prove his innocence, uncovering a major flaw in the system in the process
In the future, widespread use of remotely-controlled androids called "surrogates" allow everyone to live in idealized forms from the safety of their homes. A surrogate's operator is protected from harm and feels no pain when their surrogate is damaged. FBI agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) has a strained relationship with his wife Maggie (Rosamund Pike), due to their son's death several years before. He never sees her outside of her surrogate and she criticizes his desire to interact via their real bodies. Greer and his partner, Agent Jennifer Peter, investigate the death of two people who were killed when their surrogates were destroyed at a club. Jarid Canter, son of Dr. Lionel Canter, the inventor of surrogates, is one of the victims.
DEVELOPMENT 1: THEMATIC
DEVELOPMENT 2: SPECIAL EFFECTS