dystopia

Fifteen Million Merits

“Fifteen Million Merits” is the second episode of the dystopian thriller, Black Mirror. The plot revolves around a group of people who ride stationary bikes to earn merits that pay for their daily activities. Bing (Daniel Kaluuya) inherits fifteen million merits from his deceased brother, which he uses to buy Abi (Jessica Brown Findlay) a ticket for the televised talent show, Hot Shot. She sings “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” a song that’s used throughout the series.

Snake Plissken

In Escape from New York, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is an ex-soldier given 24 hours to rescue the President from Manhattan, which has been converted to a maximum security prison. If he’s successful, he gets a presidential pardon. If not, the explosives that have been implanted in his body will be detonated.

Simon Phoenix

In Demolition Man, Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is a crime lord who’s been cryogenically frozen for a 22 year sentence in CryoPrison. After being revived for his parole hearing, he escapes to find a utopian society where even profanity is outlawed — perfect for wreaking havoc.

Rick Deckard

In Blade Runner, Rick Deckard is a seasoned police officer who specializes in “retiring” replicants. He’s called in for one last job when a group of replicants escapes a space colony and goes into hiding in Los Angeles. He begins his investigation at Tyrell Corporation where he meets Rachael.

V for Vendetta

In V for Vendetta, an activist going by the name V starts a violent campaign to bring down a totalitarian government and free the people to rule for themselves. The mask he wears of the real-life Guy Fawkes has been adopted, in turn, by the real-life Anonymous and the Occupy movements.