As we left the cinema, he commented that the film was "realistic, but only if you accept the premise that the monarch has the power to turn the entire country into a giant prison camp."
As it turns out, that was not a particularly realistic prediction of our future (and I realise it wasn't intended to be, yes) - what we actually should have feared was the government turning the entire country into a giant mental asylum.
Does that sound like cliched hyperbole? Well, maybe it does, but cliched or not the term does adequately sum up what is being done to Britain.
Take the following story (hat tip: Irish Savant):
Police are hunting an elderly letter writer responsible for sending more than 50 racially abusive letters to people across the country, including the prime minister.
The letters, some sexually explicit in content, have been sent to schools, hospitals, mosques, universities, doctors' surgeries and private individuals, leaving some recipients "extremely distressed".
According to Hampshire police, which is heading the investigation, the letters are all pro-English in content and racially inflammatory, with many appearing to have been sent in response to Daily Mail articles. All the letters are offensive and racist against a wide variety of nationalities and cultures.
The outrageous, pro-English scoundrel didn't stop there, however:
The letters regularly express anti-BBC views and accuse the corporation of racial bias, with the Scottish parliament and system also a regular target for abuse.
Commonly used phrases in the text include "English parliament", "Exit Europe", "repatriation" and "BBC shutdown".
Clippings from the Daily Mail have been included in many envelopes, which often also include cartoon drawings.
The Guardian must think Winterval has come early - a chance to slag off the Daily Mail, the "pro-English" and anyone who dares to think the BBC might be in any way biased, all within a few lines.
The person who sent these letters sounds a little disturbed, and I certainly don't condone such behaviour. But in truth, shouldn't we all be a little disturbed that one person sending letters which are "pro-English" and express non-PC views is genuinely worthy of being national news?
After all, it's not as if we live in a paradise free of crime and wrongdoing. In fact, violent crime is soaring, and most people have never felt less safe. Yet still, several police forces are investigating this "elderly letter writer", with one detective describing how hundreds of statements have been taken in an attempt to catch him.
Not to mention the hundreds of hours of man hour and hundreds of thousands of pounds it cost, I'm sure.
Meanwhile, it's business as usual on Britain's streets.
A woman was brutally attacked by a stranger whilst travelling on a London train in May 2008. Instead of taking this as evidence that Britain is now a violent, often lawless place, where people have absolutely no respect for each other and will turn nasty over the most piffling of trivialities without fear of the consequences, she is attempting to create yet another officially sanctioned victim group:
A woman who claims to have been beaten up because she is overweight is campaigning to see discrimination against fat people outlawed.
Marsha Coupe, 53 was attacked on a train by a woman who began verbally abusing her for her size.
‘I was returning home one night on a train and a woman sat across from me started kicking me and said, Hey fattie! You should not be on the train, you need two seats, she said.
Mrs Coupe, a marketing manager, was left shaken and badly bruised after the attack in May last year.
‘I had probably 30 to 40 bruises over my chest and my neck. I was terrified I was going to lose my eye.
‘London prides itself on being diverse yet there is almost a zero-tolerance on anyone of size. You cannot walk the streets without being verbally or physically assaulted.
The American who now lives in Hayes, Kent and weighs 22 stone was travelling home from London late at night in May last year when she was set upon.
She has now joined forces with a group of other women to lobby mayor Boris Johnson to make the capital more fat friendly.
This is the culture we have created. It doesn't occur to this lady that perhaps the young woman was simply looking for an excuse to attack her. It doesn't seem to bother her that no one should be treated like this by a criminal yob, for any reason or under any circumstances.
No - all that matters is creating another group it is illegal to 'discriminate' against. Does she seriously think that yet more tiresome legislation would have saved her from a beating?
Most of these thugs fear nothing and no one - they know they won't be caught, and even if they are the consequences will be negligable.
But that isn't the point; if someone is violently attacked, should the first question the authorities ask be "does the victim belong to a special victim class?"
Everyone must be equal in the eyes of the law.
We saw something similar to this a while back, when Fiona Pilkington killed herself and her disabled daughter after a gang of yobs made their lives unbearable. Despite the fact that they complained to the police a total of 32 times, nothing was done:
Although much of the abuse centred on the taunts about the children's disabilities, police failed to recognise it as a hate crime rather than simple antisocial behaviour, which would have made it a far higher priority.
The inquest heard that at the time of Pilkington's death, Leicestershire police had not implemented the Home Office guidance on hate crimes issued two years earlier.
Hinckley and Bosworth council's community officers visited Pilkington but never learned until after she was dead that anyone in the family was disabled.
Simple anti-social behaviour. That's what The Guardian calls it when someone who isn't part of a favoured victim class created for political reasons is hounded to death.
My question is, what happens to those of us who can't be part of such a group?