18 April 2020:
In a previous post titled “The Grey Areas”, I explored the idea of our contemporary moment being classified as a dystopia. This post will be often referenced while discussing the correlation between the film Equilibrium and the way life is as we know it. According to “The Grey Areas”, dystopias “real and imagine, fictional texts and films typically portray their contemporary moment artistically”. Films such as The Purge and Equilibrium confirm this collision of art and reality to portray an alternate universe. Similar to The Purge, Equilibrium is under the control of the government. In Equilibrium to feel emotion is prohibited and those who violate this law are categorized as “Sense Offenders” and are put to death. Clerics are put in position to monitor the civilians and to destroy any evidence of the past that evokes feelings. In today’s society, history has been erased and recreated similar to the acts done by the Clerics. In the most current Purge film, it is ironically “relevant to our present political moment”. These two films display relevance to our contemporary present yet are classified as fiction. Dystopian films and literature uniquely create worlds of satire to expose their reality.
George Orwell’s novel 1984 is popular for its’ creatively developed dystopian classic. The story has a similar dynamic to Equilibrium such as both works deal with governmental supervision. In the novel 1984, Oceania’s civilian’s interpersonal relationships are monitored and only allowed for reproduction. Today the population climate of the world has become an issue in regard to whether or not humans will survive. Population control is very much alive and it is prevalent in dystopian films and novels. Honestly, in my opinion dystopias are just a mirror of what is going on in the moment it is written. It is a glimpse into the mind of the individual living through it. It just shows how crazy life truly is and how gruesome it can be.