Science Fiction movies have always had a fascination exploring what the future may hold for all of us. Sci-fi movies nowadays are so large and extravagant that it’s hard to imagine what our future may be like in a few decades. There are a few films however, that were a tad early with their predictions of mass plague, celebrated public killings, and manned missions to Jupiter. Here are five films about the future, that are now in the past.
In 1984, George Orwell informed us that there was to be a dystopian society run by a totalitarian government that would monitor all behavior, ideas, and thoughts. Now I’m sure governments around the world are certainly aware of the general population’s likes and dislikes (thanks Facebook) but I’d hardly say we’re living in a Big Brother controlled superstate whereby the Ministry of Love “rehabilitates” us for our thoughtcrimes.
12 Monkeys (1995)
Imagine that in 1996, a virus has killed off a large population of the Earth and forced the remainder of humanity to move underground. Survivors have developed a sort of time travel to send back a convicted felon otherwise known as Bruce Willis, to discover information about how the virus was spread. SARs and the bird flu and come and gone and for the most part, humanity seems to trot on.
Deathrace 2000 (1975)
Financial collapse and a rogue military have transformed America into a fascist police state where society has come to engage in a sort of celebrated gladiatorial sport of high speed racing in which the winner gains points for killing the most innocent bystanders. In the year 2000 I was...damn, I was receiving my 7th grade year book. Am I old now? David Carradine and Sly Stallone star in this high octane classic.
2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
Black monoliths appear in the presence of humans over large spans of time, appearing to have an impact on civilization. A space exploration is sent out to investigate a signal being emitted from one such monolith on the Moon, the fate of the ship, which is famously navigated by sentient computer Hal 9000, is unexpected to say the least. A Kubrickian classic. An epic. Yet certainly not timely for 2001.
2010 The Year We Made Contact (1984)
A sequel to 2001, both Soviet and American agencies prepare to launch missions into discovering what happened to the spacecraft Discovery of the first film. More black monoliths, Jupiter and it’s moons (which are more fascinating now than ever) and plenty of brits to go around, but no, it would not appear that we made any extraterrestrial contact in the year 2010, unless you count Russell Brand.