More than three hours induces previews and commercial. Blade Runner 2049, what a long, slow, boring and great movie! The former one, Blade Runner (1982), normally be categorized as the pioneer of dystopia. Most familiar words we talk today are from this movie or influenced by it, such as cyberpunk, tech-noir, neo-noir and even the words Android and Nexus, both are honored by Google later.
Dystopia, or anti-utopia, to me, I think it’s anti-totalitarian. From 1984 to Blade Runner to Total Recall to Minority Report to Matrix to Hunger Game to Maze Runner to Divergent, no matter the society is controlled by a central government or by a highly monopolized company, no matter the society is well-organized like 1984 or in real chaos like total recall, they are all under totalitarianism.
There are several categories of science fiction, like Time Travel, Alien Invasion, Galactic Empire, Robots, and Dystopic is a big one. For a science fiction background, just only two parts – high tech and society, so dystopic become a main trend of sci-fi.
I think that’s the reason why did China ban the sci-fi books in the nineteen eighties. There is a book called Latest 70 Years of Qing Dynasty(《晚清七十年》) mentions that Qing government failed to ban the sci-fi books (「直如科幻小說，然終不能禁」, Volume 1, page 177). What Qing government can’t make, CCP did. The sign CCCP in Blade Runner 2049 attracted me so I decided to write something.
There is no utopia in the world, in the past, in the current, or in the future. Utopia is just totalitarian.