Idiocracy is probably one of the most recent mainstream movies to deal with the contemporary cultural crisis. And let me tell you, it is not an easy watch.
The movie has a rather grotesque atmosphere but I think it is supposed to be grotesque, to make the viewer alert and…. shocked.
The viewer is presented with a lot of bad aspects from our own culture and their logical (and scary) consequences. For example, in this dystopic future there is a “Violence Channel” – a very popular channel, mind you.
Isn’t this the logical consequence of the current trend of explicitly violent movies? When I say that, I mean not only movies with explicit violence, but movies that do not offer any type of story or context that would require this violence (i.e. Saw, Dexter, most of Tarantino’s movies). This increasing demand for violence for the sake of violence will make people so desensitized to it that they’ll actually consider it fun.
Another reason to like Idiocracy is that, unlike other dystopic stories (1984, Brazil or Blade Runner), it focuses more on the cultural level and not on the political or technological level.
In this cultural dystopia, much of popular culture (tv, movies, video games) destroyed language and, with it, people’s abilities to think and learn. A definite eye-opener.
Have you seen Idiocracy? Which aspects seem most present in today’s world? The beginning of the movie always bothered me (smart people having no kids etc) - what do you think?