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Journeys on ScreenTheory, Ethics, Aesthetics$
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Louis Bayman and Natália Pinazza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421836

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.001.0001

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Moving in Circles: Kinetic Elite and Kinetic Proletariat in ‘End of the World’ Films

Moving in Circles: Kinetic Elite and Kinetic Proletariat in ‘End of the World’ Films

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(p.183) Chapter 11 Moving in Circles: Kinetic Elite and Kinetic Proletariat in ‘End of the World’ Films
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Journeys on Screen
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Ewa Mazierska

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.003.0012

This chapter considers two science fiction films, Elysium (2013) by Neill Blomkamp and Snowpiercer (2013) by Joon-ho Bong, which  utilize the motif of journey and take us to the near future. What is specific about them is that the journeys take place on Earth or near the Earth. In the future they present there is no escape from our planet; the Earth appears to be a limit even for the privileged. They convey a sense of the end of history, when there is nothing new to discover or conquer and the conflict is around finding the best place within the existing economic and social structures.  This investigation draws on the concepts of the ‘end times’, and ‘fast and slow lanes of social life’ and ‘kinetic elite’ to examine how mobility reproduces and exacerbates social inequalities caused by the hegemony of neoliberalism.

Keywords:   science fiction, kinetic elite, end times, the end of history, neoliberalism

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