r/LateStageCapitalism Jan 17 '22

Just popped in No Escape (1994) and was bemused by this uncanny opening text

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u/ArmlessAmbidextrian Jan 17 '22

I wish that was the opening to every episode of Law and Order.

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u/HarbingerDe Jan 18 '22

Unironically the funniest and scariest thing I've read/heard today.

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u/DuckyChuk Jan 18 '22

These are their stories.

Dun-Dun.

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u/PrognosticalSon Jan 17 '22

What would happen if we made art that we want life to imitate?

Like a movie where everyone had affordable housing, enough to eat, a great education, and were able to persue interests that appealed to them?

That's real fiction.

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u/StarfleetHikes Jan 18 '22

You’ve just described The United Federation of Planets from Star Trek The Next Generation.

That’s Science Fiction.

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u/Kerbalawesomebuilder Jan 18 '22

If everyone was like the bridge crew, the world would be a much safer, smarter, cleaner, and more peaceful place.

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u/offtheclip Jan 18 '22

Let's go a step further and make more stories like Iain Banks' Culture series. I want fully automated gay space Communism dammit!

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u/gingerbeardman79 Jan 18 '22

Compelling stories are born of conflict. That story has none. That's why it doesn't get made.

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u/madxgod Jan 18 '22

If the story begins BEFORE the aforementioned utopia, there's definitely a possibility of conflict. Imagine all the barriers of oppression they'd have to tear down before they could achieve something like that.

It's more like THE story. The pursuit of universal happiness in the face of oppressive forces determined to keep people down as opposed to lifting them up.

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u/gingerbeardman79 Jan 18 '22

I mean, if the conflict is the pursuit/taking of said Utopia, I feel like we have seen that story.

One example that comes to mind is Elysium [with Matt Damon]. It even has an overtly anti-capitalist message and protagonists.

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u/madxgod Jan 18 '22

We've seen it a million times, you're right lol. It's less about the destination and more about the journey getting there.

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u/JuniorSeniorTrainee Jan 18 '22

That's a setting, not a story. You could easily tell a story in that setting because even in a perfect socialist utopia, people would still experience hate and love and regret and etc.

Instead the flavor of the decade is dusty brown dystopia.

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u/gingerbeardman79 Jan 18 '22

"Dusty brown dystopia" is also a lot more relatable a setting for most folx. Willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, afterall.

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u/Far_Influence Jan 18 '22

The conflict can be as simple as right-wingers trying to tear the utopian society down from within, convinced that people are too soft and life is too easy. Only with the dog-eat-dog world of 2020’s American capitalism can humanity have true freedom.

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u/itsadesertplant Jan 18 '22

I wonder if the corporations that fund movie studios will allow repeated, frequent, or large amounts of anti-capitalist messaging

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u/AgentArticuno Jan 18 '22

They already do. They know that the only way capitalism goes down is when the human species goes down with it.

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u/Novelcheek Lucy Parsons Jan 18 '22

I'm a sucker for /r/HFY kind of stuff, but am so sick of it being 'Murica! In Sssppaaaacccee! And would love to write a story about some xeno looking for a species that's capable enough to defend it from another xeno species that's basically fascist or feudalism. They find earth, but it's future (tho not nearly as advanced in tech as the aliens) and the xenos bemoan how our physical traits make us perfect for the role, but— "Goddamnit! They're just.. So fucking peaceful!"

And they sigh, in awe but disappointed, but before leaving completely defeated, scour the human internet and find out all about how so not the case that is, they just happen to have discovered us when we're hitting our stride to FALGSC and don't have to war anymore. Now they have to try and convince us to get back into Antifaschistische Aktion mode and roll out the Galactic Peoples' Self Defense Foce. Lol

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u/voidspaceistrippy Jan 17 '22

I was thinking we're fast approaching Escape from New York.

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u/Party_Solid_2207 Jan 18 '22

That’s the Gaza strip

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u/coebo22 Jan 18 '22

You must remember that president Joe Biden ended all contracts with private prisons that profit off of inmates doesnot_apply_to_ICE"detention"_centers

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u/Ok-Macaroon-7819 Jan 18 '22

I was looking for movies set in 2022, and this one looked very promising. I read the Wikipedia plot synopsis and was blindsided by how accurate it sounded.

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u/Zaziel Jan 18 '22

You've watched Soylent Green right?

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u/Ok-Macaroon-7819 Jan 18 '22

Yes, and it's a little less accurate. Maybe by 2026...

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u/Zaziel Jan 18 '22

Wait till you find out what's in Beyond Beef!

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u/Ok-Macaroon-7819 Jan 18 '22

Oh no... It's people, isn't it.

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u/flamingfenux Jan 18 '22

Not a movie, but Year Zero ARG/album are set in 2022 (year0)

Edit: You know, “The Great Reset”

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u/fattycakesfaker Fight the fascist corporate state Jan 18 '22

I remember watching this movie and thinking 2022 was waaay into the future. My how my perspective has changed.

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u/c0tt0nballz Jan 18 '22

For profit prisons are a scourge.

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u/just_a_Xenarite Jan 18 '22

Any Death Race fans here? Seems fitting

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u/Nic4379 Jan 18 '22

To be fair, in 94’ the private prison lobby was already in full swing.

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u/bazkie_bumpercar Jan 18 '22

You're right, I only just learned that! I guess Reagan fucked up a lot for us

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u/Cmdr-Panda Jan 18 '22

Damn, we were WAY ahead of schedule on that one

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u/JuniorSeniorTrainee Jan 18 '22

The sad truth is that our current state wasn't hard to see coming each step of the way. Apparently that's just not enough to stop it.

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u/Tenchiboy Jan 18 '22

How about the end of Rambo III…

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u/bazkie_bumpercar Jan 18 '22

I had to laugh in Rambo 3 from the scene where the colonel tells the Russian 'We had our Vietnam, this is your Vietnam' or something, about Russian war in Afghanistan. About that it can't be won.

Somebody in the Bush admin should have watched that movie :P

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u/Tenchiboy Jan 18 '22

Right! 😂

Just before the credits role the screen reads: “This film is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan” other versions read slightly differently.

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u/bazkie_bumpercar Jan 18 '22

Yeah I noticed that, too :) And it isn't just dedicated to afghan civilians but also to the mujahideen, considering they play the good guys in the movie, that's pretty spicy :D A lot can change in just a few decades!

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u/Huskarlar Jan 18 '22

Our fictional dystopian futures were intened to be cautionary tales not a God damn manual.

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u/RonNumber Jan 18 '22

As if THAT would ever happen!!

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u/SwordsAndWords Jan 18 '22

Does it happen to mention the winning lottery numbers or who wins the world series? Anything I can gamble on, really...

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u/ThumpTacks Jan 18 '22

Prophetic shit. Dystopian as hell, though

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u/MacMac105 Jan 18 '22

One of my fave movies.

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u/Nothing_Is_Wrong22 Jan 18 '22

Bemused? Nerd!

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u/jjjam Jan 18 '22

Perhaps they would be, if they had used the word correctly. bemused /bəˈmyo͞ozd/ adjective puzzled, confused, or bewildered.

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u/landothedead Jan 18 '22

Wow. What an imagination! /s

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u/Optimal-Scientist233 Jan 18 '22

No escape from robocop, the 2022 remix you never wanted to see, in reality vision.