THE SOKOVIAN ACCORD, WHICH KICKS OFF CIVIL WAR, IS JUST THE LATEST HARSH ACT IN A LONG LINE OF MOVIE LEGISLATION
THX 1138 (1971)
THE LAW Sex is a crime, and mind-altering drugs are mandatory. THE PUNISHMENT Offenders are chased by police robots with scary chrome faces, and “mindlocked”.
Logan’s Run (1976)
THE LAW At the age of 30, you die. THE PUNISHMENT Death, via the ritual of “Carrouseul”. Essentially you’re vaporised in a cross between the Coliseum and a giant salad-spinner.
THE LAW No dancing! No rock music! No footloosing! THE PUNISHMENT Confiscation of your Sunday shoes.
Demolition Man (1993)
THE LAW The Verbal Morality Statute, banning the public from using unwholesome language. THE PUNISHMENT Fines, dispensed via tickets that double as toilet paper, which is useful.
THE LAW Emotions are banned. Hence reading poetry, gawping at art or listening to music makes you a ‘Sense Offender’. THE PUNISHMENT A Grammaton Cleric will gun kata you to death.
The Purge (2013)
THE LAW Using the ‘28th amendment’, the US government have legalised all crime for 24 hours a year. THE PUNISHMENT You can’t break this law, but can be killed by it.