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Your Dystopian Watchlist on Netflix

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We all love a good happy ending and feel-good flicks that leave us warm and fuzzy on a Friday night. But nothing will ever beat the adrenaline rush of captivating tales that make us question what it means to be human in a society ruled by intelligent robots, government surveillance, environmental destruction and economic downturn. 

If you’re curious about life in an apocalyptic future, then we’ve got the perfect watch list to satisfy your dystopian-loving heart.

Time To Hunt 

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Time To Hunt is set in a post-era of consumerism that has been diminished by a global financial crisis, leaving the Korean Won worthless and the streets of Seoul filled with gunshots and violence. The film is a commentary on the ‘survival’ of young people in modern times and it is inspired by the phrase ‘Hell Joseon’, a satirical South Korean term used to convey feelings on unemployment and working conditions in South Korean society. 

Time To Hunt follows a group of four friends who pull off the heist of their lives in pursuit of retiring near the waters. However, things take a massively wrong turn when hitman, Han, puts a target on their backs for what they’ve done. 

Altered Carbon

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Altered Carbon takes place over 300 years in the future in a society transformed by new technology where consciousness can be digitized, human bodies are interchangeable and death is no longer permanent.

In its second season, the sci-fi drama returns with Takeshi Kovacs, a former Protectorate CTAC soldier turned elite interstellar warrior as he continues his quest to find his lost love, Quellcrist Falconer. After decades of planet-hopping and searching the galaxy, Kovacs finds himself recruited back to his home planet of Harlan’s World with the promise of finding Quell.

Haunted by his past and responsible for investigating a series of brutal murders, Kovacs is stunned to discover his new mission to solve the crime and his pursuit to find Quell are one and the same. With the help of his loyal bartender A.I. Poe, Kovacs must now partner with new allies to outwit his enemies and find the truth: Who is Quellcrist Falconer? 

3% 

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3% is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future of São Paulo, Brazil, where a select few are allowed to join an elite society.

Each year, children of the slums who turn 20 years old get a chance to volunteer to take part in ‘the Process’, a highly anticipated tradition entailing a series of psychological and physical challenges. Only three percent of candidates succeed and qualify to upgrade living conditions from the impoverished Inland area to the technologically advanced ‘the Offshore’ where they will live out their lives in comfort. 

I Am Mother

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Conceived out of curiosity to examine our increasingly intimate relationship with technology, I Am Mother takes us into a chilling world where humans are raised by artificially-intelligent machines. 

I Am Mother is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother, a robot designed to repopulate the Earth after the extinction of humankind. The mother daughter duo is threatened when an injured stranger, played by Hilary Swank, arrives and questions everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions. 

Indulge in your fascination for the collapse of contemporary social order, only on Netflix.

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