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Hollywood’s Grim Vision of the Future

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The final list of top Hollywood money makers for 2014 delivers some bad news for American culture: not one of these movies counts as even vaguely original or realistic. Seven of the big ten are either sequels, or remakes, or both; five are based on comic books; two more—the delightful “Lego Movie” and the wretched “Transformers: Age of Extinction” are inspired by popular children’s toys.

The most successful movies—eight of ten, in fact—portray a grim future with humanity menaced by dark, conspiratorial forces. That’s the basic set-up in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Transformers,” the “X-Men” film—“Days of Future Past,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Amazing Spider Man 2,” and even “Big Hero 6.”

The emphasis on a dark view of apocalyptic days ahead may actually reflect Hollywood’s own troubled future.

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  1. Karen McHenry  •  Jan 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Hollywood’s dark view is nothing new. Science fiction has generally had a pessimistic view of the future. Mankind is bad/evil/misled…Remember the original Planet of the Apes?

  2. alcogito  •  Jan 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    This sort of fare is why we rarely go to a movie theatre anymore. Just got out of the habit. We just turn on Netflix and pick something from our Queue. Are we the cause or the result of the problem?

  3. David Hill  •  Jan 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I wrote a series of stories that sort of tell of some challenges, but with biblical world view overall optimism .. Others’ Mistakes and the two (so far, one more not yet quite to publisher) Unerring Inadvertence and Onyx & Emerald, The Little Skinny Story sequel installments about a genius sent to US every 101 years since 1146, number 9 yet being sought, after 27 years working life blessed in corollary to curse of 27 years of ‘wasted gifts’, prophetic nature of pop culture and its music would make a great movie. Its davinci code for believers, Harry potter for adults very intellectual great reading.

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