8. Logan's Run (1976)
Based on the novel of the same name, this awesomely psychedelic '70s flick is set in the year 2274, where the remnants of mankind live their pleasure-filled lives in a domed utopian city. They're taken care of by a computer, which controls every aspect of their groovy existence. At the end of thirty years, however, the denizens must enter the "Carrousel," where they will be killed, but are told they'll be "reborn" shortly thereafter. Of course, some people think dying at 30 is a real drag, and try to escape. Despite the cheesy effects, Martin says this is one of the more feasible films on the list. "It might seem like the most far-fetched one, but in reality it's probably one of the most down-to Earth post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic scenarios we have. If you actually do the math, which I've done in my book, 30 years is the amount of time the average American spends on pleasure activities right now. When we eliminate awake time that's wasted either by waiting or working, that's what you’re left with: just about 30 years spent in leisure activities. The time is just spread out over a 75–year on average lifespan. If you eliminate the things that they eliminate in the movie, which is work and waiting and running errands, the question then is would you be willing to give up sitting in traffic, waiting on hold, standing in lines, and working to live in a paradise dome of pleasure? If not, you become a Runner and try to escape." As for the domed city and being controlled by a computer, Martin says this was a reality-based aspect as well. "Constructing a dome to cover society would be a feat. It's conceivable that we could create a self-contained, self-sufficient biodome that only provides for us the good things in life. Look at all these robots controlling us now — they control our cars, tell us where to go, vacuum/mop our floors, clean our pools — everything is going in that direction now. So I think it's one of the more conceivable scenarios we have."