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Get Ready for 'The Giver': Stream 8 Dystopian Movies

To celebrate the theatrical release of 'The Giver' this weekend, here are 8 dystopian movies currently streaming.

The movie adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver is finally set to open in theaters this weekend after Jeff Bridges's 18-year bid. Readers of the Newbery-Medal winning middle-grade book will notice the film features older characters, a lightly emphasized romance, and Taylor Swift in the role of the abstract Rosemary. As we gear up for The Giver's theatrical release this weekend, reflect on some other dystopian movies currently available to stream.

The Road
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Directed by John Hillcoat

Based on Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel by the same name, The Road is a post-apocalyptic movie starring Viggo Mortensen as a father leading his son through a lifeless tundra. To create a dystopian aesthetic, filmmakers shot scenes in post-Katrina New Orleans and on an abandoned turnpike in Pennsylvania. 

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Directed by Lars Von Trier

In this alternate reality, a previously undiscovered planet threatens to crash into Earth. Von Trier explores the effects of the impending disaster on the psychologies of two sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. 

The Host
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Bong Joon-Ho

Before mesmerizing global audiences with Snowpiercer, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho madeThe Host, a science fiction film about a violent sea-monster living in the Han River. In this one, a working-class South Korean family has to work together to save their youngest. 

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Directed by David Cronenberg

An installation in Cronenberg's series of body-horror films centered around technology, eXistenZ  refers to an immersive video game experience in which the technology is plugged directly into the player's body. Jude Law leads as Ted Pikul, a reluctant guinea pig for a new game's test run.

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Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Based on the Hellboy comics, this film by Guillermo Del Toro creates a dystopian world in 1944 in which Hellboy has to try to prevent an Nazi-initiated apocalyptic disaster. With John Perlman in the lead role as Hellboy, the well-meaning anti-hero, the movie quickly became a cult favorite.

Holy Motors
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Directed by Leos Carax

In an unusual occupation that has him made up and costumed as nine different people - often for no discernible purpose - Oscar goes through the day playing out these scenarios opposite other made up, costumed players. French director Leos Carax creates a hypnotic, theatrical universe in his first major English-language film.

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Directed by Pete Travis

Dredd imagines the near future as one policed by "judges," who are law enforcement officers given the power of judge, jury and executioner. Karl Urban as the extremely judicious Dredd is charged with taking down drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey.) Another cult favorite, Dredd fans are eagerly hoping for a sequel.

Terminator 2
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Directed by James Cameron

In the second installment of the Terminator franchise, Sarah and John Connor are pursued by a more advanced Terminator while they try to prevent Skynet's existence. Luckily, time-travel is in the norm in this dystopian universe, and Future-John-Connor has sent back an even better Terminator to save Young-John-Connor's life. 


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