Separated at Earth

August 8, 2013
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In “Elysium,” out Friday, the rich get to live it up in space while normal schmoes tough it out on a poisoned planet. Those losers could learn lessons about income inequality from these dystopias.

‘In Time’
2011 saw Justin Timberlake trying to carry a film (it didn’t work) set in a world where everyone has a fixed number of minutes on the planet. The rich, however, can literally buy time to live forever — and get extra Candy Crush lives.

‘Gattaca’
In this 1997 sci-fi thriller, Ethan Hawke is a man who was conceived via (gasp!) sex instead of genetic selection. And it’s hard out there for a natural-born boy, even if he does look like Ethan Hawke.

‘The Island’
Got a spot of lung cancer? Did a rattlesnake bite cost you an arm? Come to this 2005 film’s futuristic world, where clones are kept on hand for when you need a replacement part. Just be sure to have your serial number handy when you call.

‘Never Let Me Go’
In this overlooked 2010 film, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield discover they’ve been raised since birth solely to be organ donors for the well-to-do. And, try as they might, they can’t un-check that box on their driver’s licenses.

‘The Purge’
All crime in the U.S. is legal for one day a year in this 2013 horror flick. The rich, of course, can buy a super-protective home security system. Which, in the film, doesn’t work. Otherwise, the movie would be really boring.

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