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Imagine if Jason Bourne and Batman produced a TV series together. What would it look like? Well, you're in luck, as Boston boys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have combined to give you Incorporated, a new Syfy show set in the year 2074. Starring Sean Teale, Allison Miller and Eddie Ramos, it imagines a world run entirely by corporations and the one inside man who has taken it upon himself to bring it down. Check out the new trailer below:

It is a haunting thought to think that our lives could be entirely in the hands of ruthless capitalists. Yet, as Dave Howe, president of Syfy mentions, perhaps the world is already run by vast corporations:

“The most powerful science fiction holds up a mirror to our world. Incorporated is exactly that type of smart, provocative series, delivering a fresh, edge-of-your-seat thriller that challenges notions of the world we live in today.”

It seems by 2074, capitalist control has taken over every aspect of daily life. But what can we expect from Incorporated? Having already looked at previous films that predicted the future, maybe its a good idea to look at some other films depicting multinationals as de facto governments in the future and see if Incorporated will take any inspiration from that. Here are five films that have imagined a world where TNC's have the upper hand.

1. District 9 (2009)

Key Creatives
Key Creatives

This breakout hit from South Africa is not only a fine science-fiction in terms of the way it explores the potentially discriminatory relationship between aliens and humans and uses it as an allegory for apartheid, but it is also is an indictment of what happens when government control is relinquished in favour of independent security firms. The heavy-handedly titled Multi-National United are seen here as the ultimate bad guys, because in pursuit of making a buck, they build huge internment camps which help to otherize and persecute the aliens, in the process showing how evil unfettered corporate control really can be.

2. The Island (2005)

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

This Michael Bay-directed, Scarlett Johansson-starring film wasn't a particularly strong critical hit, yet it still contained some interesting ideas about where corporate control could take us. Set on a remote compound used for cloning purposes, the inhabitants are told that they are there due to the outside world being contaminated. As it turns out, this is not the case, but really they are clones for wealthy patrons who need their spare organs. The result is a creepy film that also knows when to crank up the action.

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3. Tank Girl (1995)

United Artists
United Artists

The comic book film that bombed at the box office before becoming a cult classic, Tank Girl takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the majority of the world's diminishing water supply is controlled by the Water & Power Corporation. The film shows the greed of such companies in water-scarce areas when troops from the corporation attack the commune where Tank Girl lives in order to take over their last water well. Although better known as a landmark feminist film, also contained within the movie is a scathing attack of the selfish lengths corporations will go to in order to increase their own interests.

4. Wall-E (2008)

Pixar
Pixar

This beloved Pixar classic is well-known for its depiction of a garbage-strewn wasteland and the little robot who is still tasked with trying to clean it all up, but did you know that it is also contains a seething critique of corporate control? The world has been evacuated by the mega-corporation Buy N Large, who use their power to make their ship's inhabitants complacent and fat. The reason for doing this is that if they are sedated by their control, they will be less likely to want to enact change.

5.The Congress (2013)

Pandora Film
Pandora Film

Now this one is really out there. A French-Isreali film featuring both live action and animation, The Congress imagines what happens if an aging actress sells her digital likeness to a fictional film production company. The result is both an indictment of the sexism and ageism rampant in Hollywood and the potentially disastrous results of turning yourself into a product, showing the importance of always being yourself and not giving into corporate control.

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