This movie is probably the most realistic portrayal of a futuristic dystopia ever seen on film.
“In most sci-fi epics, special effects substitute for story. Here they seamlessly advance it,” observes Colin Covert of Star Tribune. Billboards were designed to balance a contemporary and futuristic appearance as well as easily visualizing what else was occurring in the rest of the world at the time, and cars were made to resemble modern ones at first glance, although a closer look made them seem unfamiliar. Cuarón informed the art department that the film was the “anti-Blade Runner”, rejecting technologically advanced proposals and downplaying the science fiction elements of the 2027 setting. The director focused on images reflecting the contemporary period, choosing to have innovative technology in the film’s timeline discontinued by 2014. With the future in mind, Cuarón maintained a steady gaze on the present: “We didn’t want to be distracted by the future. We didn’t want to transport the audience into another reality.”
Children of Men, 2006 (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)