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Film / Zone 39

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Zone 39 is a 1996 Australian Dystopian Conspiracy Thriller.

The Central Union has brought peace between the warring New Territories and the Federal Republics. After the government worker wife of a soldier dies in suspicious circumstances, the soldier is placed on border patrol where he discovers a conspiracy at the highest levels of Central.

This film provides examples of:

  • Corrupt Politician: Commander-in-Chief Tito will do anything to protect his position as the leader of the Central Union, including murdering anyone who knows about the water contamination, and misappropriating water from working class towns.
  • Dystopia: The setting is polluted and desolate, with warring factions, crowded cities, and a drain on resources.
  • He Knows Too Much: Anne was killed because she knew about Central's contamination cover up. Leo and Boas are subjected to an attempt on their lives to silence them as well.
  • The Hero Dies: Leo dies while exposing Central's conspiracy to cover up a chemical leak via satellite transmission.
  • The Lost Lenore: Leo mourns the loss of his pregnant wife, Anne, who only appears alive in the first few minutes of the film.
  • Murder by Inaction: The narrative makes plain that by covering up the water contamination continuously, Tito has knowingly sentenced a portion of the populace to death.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Zone 39 has become desolate and polluted because Central has been draining resources, and as a result, Central considers misappropriating drinking water from working towns.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: Tito covers up the water contamination, which ends up drawing more attention to the issue.
  • Water Source Tampering: Central is considering misappropriating water from working class towns to supply other areas with clean water.