Excerpt from ‘The Train’ – The Greatest Movie Ridley Scott Never Made
Contemporary science fiction cinema is fascinated by the fate of mankind. Visions of the future no longer look like the sterile worlds seen in the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Logan’s Run. Grim is in. Dark and seedy dystopias governed by shady corporations pushing questionable technology are the norm, a result of Ridley Scott’s influential early works Alien and Blade Runner. While Scott took a lengthy hiatus from the genre afterwards — only returning to it recently for 2012’s Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus — one of his most talked-about near misses would have seen him delve back into that post-apocalyptic chaos.