Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

Van Mensvoort
December 21st 2010

As we are nearing the end of the year, and anticipate you might have some time to watch a film, we discus our top 10 Next Nature movies.

Idiocracy (2006) is not a great film, honestly you will find it rather corny if you are older than twelve and chances are you might not make it to the end – so be warned. Yet, its basic premise is so thoroughly next nature, this flick still made our list.

The film opens with the observation that technological achievements not only result in a smarter environment, but also in dumber people – without natural predators, the evolution of the human species does not necessarily favor the quickest, smartest, and strongest people for progression of genes. Over time, the co-evolution between people and technology results in an idiocratic society in which citizens are consumers, garbage dumps have the size of skyscrapers and plants are watered with lemonade.

It's not quite as damning a dystopia as 1984, but this movie paints an ugly future for our culture. In fact, this movie is essentially Planet of the Apes (1968), but with people who are the mental equivalent of apes. More confronting. We crave for a more sophisticated remake of Idiocracy, although its rudimentary quality is perhaps the point.

Passed: 1984 (1984), The Planet of the Apes (1968)

Share your thoughts and join the technology debate!

5 comments

Wouter
Posted 30/12/2010 – 21:15

I watched Idiocracy after reading about it in this post. I fully agree that is it a hard one to finish if you hate stupidity, though I managed. Nevertheless, the match between this movie and much of contemporary TV* (with its shows / politics / series) is striking.
I think I'll now move on to some of the more intellectual movies in your list!
* I don't have a TV, but somehow it still seeps into my life...

Minke
Posted 23/12/2010 – 20:00

I found Wall-E to be a sort of continuation of Idiocracy if you're looking for a remake / sequel. Although the 'socal commentary' is stronger in Idiocracy. But I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.
Will Next Nature start with DVD collections soon *hint* ?

Stijn
Posted 22/12/2010 – 19:30

Every now and then I watch the film again to remind me of what could happen if we don't pay enough attention. Right now, we already have companies who are richer than countries. And elections in many countries are already strongly influenced by business interests. Let's make sure that doesn't increase, "brought to you by Carl's Jr."

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