Surveillance Cinema: 14 Movies Featuring Big Brother
4:05 PM PDT 6/21/2013 by Mia Galuppo, Chris Godley
As recently leaked news of NSA wiretapping confirms, we're being watched -- perhaps even while watching movies. From "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and "Brazil" to "The Truman Show and "The Net," here are a some appropriately-themed films that might make you look over your shoulder.
V (Hugo Weaving) fights against the fascist regime that now controls the UK and imprisons homosexuals, political prisoners and other undesirables.
In a biopunk future, children are selected through preimplantation genetic diagnosis to ensure the best hereditary traits possible. The world is then spilt into genetically engineered valids and the leftover in-valids.
After a global atomic war, an omnipresent government, headed by the party leader Big Brother, persecutes individualism and uses public mind control to sustain their totalitarian rule.
The Adjustment Bureau
Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) discovers the existence of the Adjustment Bureau, a secret agency that ensures people's lives proceed as determined by "the plan."
Enemy of the State
A group of rogue NSA agents kill a Congressman and try to cover it up, but a lawyer (Will Smith) accidently comes into the possession of an incriminating videotape.
When systems analyst (Sandra Bullock) is given a floppy disk that links cyber terrorists to tech mogul Gregg Microsystems, she finds that her entire identity has been erased.
The Lives of Others
In 1984 East Berlin, a member of the secret police (Ulrich Muhe) conducts unsolicited surveillance on a playwright (Sebastian Koch) and his lover (Martina Gedeck).
In a dystopian future with a buffoonish totalitarian government, the film follows Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) who becomes an enemy of the state after he uses the government’s invasive files to locate a woman.
An anonymous caller coerces Jerry Shaw (Shia LeBouf) into carrying out a plan for a possible terrorist organization. The caller ends up being a top-secret intelligence gathering supercomputer, used by the government.
In the year 2054, a specialized police department called “Pre Crime” apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called "precogs."
The Truman Show
Jim Carey plays Truman Burbank, a man unaware that he is living in a constructed reality which is being broadcast around the clock to billions of people across the globe in the form of a television show.
Total Recall centers on an ordinary factory worker who accidentally discovers that his current life is a fabrication based on false memories implanted into his brain by the government.
Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
Set in London in the early 1970s, the story follows former spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) and his hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service.
Computer programmer Neo (Keanu Reeves) finds out the truth that humans are only able to perceive simulated reality called "the Matrix" which created by sentient machines to subdue the human population.