Representation of the Future in Various Films
One of the most important factors or conventions of science fiction
films is that it is always set in a dystopian future, which means the
worst possible future. In the films there is lots of technology and
gadgets, the film look technological because of the grey/silver
filters which give it this look.
Science fiction is usually about fears held in society at the time the
film is released, for example minority report tells us about fears of
violent crime, murder being the most important shown in the film, as
well as drugs.
Science films are popular because they have a lot of technology and
gadgets in that appeal to young people, but also science fiction can
appeal to people in their 20’s and 30’s because they are more
concerned and aware of fears in society.
In metropolis Fritz Lang portrays how he thinks the future would be,
which is that the city is divided into two, upper city for the rich
and lower city for the poor. Upper city is set above ground and lower
city is set underground.
In upper city the buildings are closely packed and very tall, the low
angle shots make them look this big. There is lots of technology for
example planes, cars and trains all to help the rich people, lighting
in upper city is very light and there is gardens that can be used by
them. The characters in upper city wear very thick white make-up to
show they are rich their actions are exaggerated and they wear white
clothing. Because metropolis is a silent film the music is more
important because there is no words, so it is used to set the tone for
example when there is a dramatic point in the film dramatic music is
In the lower city it is a factory where the poor workers work, there
is no natural light so it looks dull and depressing. The poor
characters wear black overalls and their actions are exaggerated they
act robot or zombie like. The technology is mainly machines operated
by the workers, the machines are difficult to operate and wear the
In metropolis the film tries to reflect issues and fears of the time