What is the definition of the genre "dystopia" in movies (not literature), the characteristics of the genre?
To begin, the root word of dystopia, "dys" means, "bad, abnormal or difficult." And, the opposite is "utopia," which means a perfect place. Thus, dystopia, according to Dictionary.com, means "a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding." This definition is equates to film, because in dystopian films, there exist the above. Some dystopian movies include "1984" based on a novel by George Orwell, "Blade Runner" starring Harrison Ford and directed by Ridley Scott, "The Road," and "Soylent Green," starring Charlton Heston, to name a few. All of these movies have many things in common that make them dystopian: they are in the future, the government is tyrannical, it is set in the future, in addition its usually definition of the word.