It’s 2016 North America, and the unfortunate truth is that Idiocracy seems very real.
Luke Wilson stars as a literal average Joe. Along with a “lady of the night,” (Maya Rudolph) he enlists in a military program to be cryogenically frozen, and wakes up 500 years later in a very different version of America. The film posits that since those with lower intelligence tend to have more children, humans evolve to be, well, pretty dumb.
Suddenly, Joe is the smartest man on earth.
After a few mishaps, Joe is on the run from the government, but is also the only man alive smart enough to help the downward spiraling future. Crops are dying, since they’ve only been fed Brawndo (it’s got electrolytes!), the world has become a messy Costco, and the doctors and lawyers? You’ll see. Also, Terry Crews plays the president.
This is a guilty pleasure flick that boarders on the offensive, and in doing so, paints a very real picture of the scary future. I thought The Purge: Election Year was a pretty solid warning…. but this might be even more accurate. Along with the preview below, I post this opening scene…. enjoy.
Great if you liked: Futurama, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest, Space Balls, Office Space