The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Idiocracy is about two average people, Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) and Rita (Maya Rudolph) who participate in an Army experiment that was supposed to freeze them for one year. Instead they are sent 500 years into the future where the human population has fallen into a dystopia filled with idiots.
Joe Bauers and Rita are extraordinarily average people living in the 21st Century, put in chambers that will put them in a hypersleep for a few years. An accident occurs, and they go 500 years into the future. They wake up and are horribly confused by current society, which has lost any sense of intelligence, consequence, or self-responsibility due to anti-intellectualism and commercialism, and has made the average civilian barely functioning on a mental level. Language is a mix of slang and profanity and any intelligence is perceived as feminine and stupid. Joe faces incredible scrutiny for his average intelligence and is pursued the whole movie. The earth is owned by corporations and a giant energy-drink-company called Brawndo owns even government groups like the FDA. Water only exists in toilets and crops are dying because they are watered with--Brawndo. Joe tries to save the idiotic planet, and at the end he fails to get back to his time and ends up as Vice President.
The movie had an extremely limited theatrical release due to all of its anti-consumerism and corporate messages, making less than half a million dollars in its original run. It has since become a cult film.