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Old 04-05-2011, 01:26 PM
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Default The opposite to Pandora?

Have you seen any films that show a world that is the total opposite to Pandora, some really depressing dystopy where the Earth or some other world is destroyed by toxic waste, nuclear war or other destructive forces?

Which of these films did you find most depressing?
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:14 PM
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The Book of Eli was really good at depicting a destroyed earth. Although, I didn't find it depressing.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:21 PM
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I don't know about films but authors SURE do love writing about a future world where everything is bleak and horrible.

They've been wrong every time though, so far.

The Earth in Blade Runner, though, wasn't so great. There was even advertising for people to leave the planet and "start a new life." In fact it looks similar in many ways to Earth as shown in Avatar CE.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:49 PM
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I'd say Mordor, from LOTR, though it is just a part of Middle Earth but it's a horrendous place to be. Also, the post apocalyptic Earth of the Terminator series fits in your description.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:54 PM
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Bladerunner and Children of Men are both movies that depict a decay in society and environment in the future.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:27 AM
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One very un-Pandoran place is the world and society of THX 1138. Not only is it heavily regimented and unnatural, it is almost devoid of color. I can't think of another movie that's used white in greater amounts.
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:27 AM
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A documentary on Earth?

Honestly, there are far too many fictional representations to choose from.
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:30 AM
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Hehe actually Avatar has both. Pandora and Earth - a living and a dying world.

Regarding movies, there are really a LOT. Matrix for example - utterly destroyed Earth.

In terms of books I have one - "Trentor" from Asimovs "Foundation"-Series. It is a planet with one city - the city encompasses all of the planet. It takes thousands of spaceships each day to keep the city running and fed and supplied with resources. There is not just no green there but not even open water. Ok, presumably the upper class has some parks and artificial ponds and pools, but the natural landscape is completely built over.

i think these two are the worst I can think of (except those with nuclear wars and such).

A fun one is the Doctor Who Episode of "New New New York" with the eternal traffic jam - hilarious.
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:37 AM
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well Avatar shows that, 2154 earth = shiit :| also terminator 4, i am legend (sort of), district 9 (not the whole world but it shows how things can turn bad within a small region), resident evil (2&3, i still haven't fully seen 1 and dont remember much of it, havent seen 4) and star wars...where planets are literally destroyed
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Ah! Wall-E:

Note: Those skyscrapers are actually built from garbage.
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Planet? Hmmm...Korhal, from Starcraft, after it was nuked by the confederacy.

Paralell universe? Terminator, definitely.

I wouldn't consider "our" Earth in Avatar to be an opposite, just a paralell to Pandora. Similar in many ways, but not in great shape due to misuse.
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In 12 Monkeys in present day Earth: 2035 there are only a few people surviving underground with some scientists in tow due to a virus released in 1996 killing 5 billion people. The earth above is pretty much uninhabited and dirty relics litter the landscape.
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In Twelve Monkeys though, I do believe the environment was more or less alive.
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Yeah - I would not see a world without human inhabitants on the surface as opposite of Pandora. Actually for nonhumans it would probably be a relief - But of course it would be sad to not have human people there experiencing that. Still, I'd see the Earth in 'Avatar' worse than that.
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