In reading this piece over on io9 called 'The Cities You Can Never Leave', I'm reminded of just how restricting some of our most memorable sci-fi cities actually were. And maybe it says a little something about us that a great majority of the fictional futures we create contain cities where citizens cannot leave for one reason or another (though exiting said city usually means a punishment by death). Why is that? Why are we so obsessed with not being able to leave our home? Are we really that afraid of losing our freedom -- to the point where it's become an underlying theme in more sci-fi films than one can count? What do you think?
Some of my personal favorite restricted cities mentioned by io9
are The Axiom (from WALL-E)
, The City of Domes (from Logan's Run
), The Electronic Labyrinth (from THX 1138
), Seahaven (The Truman Show
) and New York and Los Angeles (from Escape from NY
and Escape from LA
What are yours?