The Future is Now! 10 Years of Movie Predictions

Replicants! Hoverboards! Vampires! Apocalypse! We're in for a turbulent decade, according to the movies...


If, like us, you began the New Year with the thought that it's only five years 'til we get to ride hoverboards, the decade ahead would seem to be full of amazing technology and stuff. But if movies are to be believed, there'll be a lot more to worry about in the next 10 years than the matter of "Where the hell are our flying cars, anyway?" It starts with alien contact and a viral outbreak. Then there are nuclear wars, economic collapses, killer tsuanmis, fascist takeovers, unhinged replicants and giant lizards to look forward to. If the movies are right, the future's so bright you'd better wear those 3-D glasses as protective shades.




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2010 --- Alien Contact!

According to 2010: The Year We Make Contact, this is the year we travel to the moons of Jupiter, reboot HAL-9000 and get flashed by alien lightning. This 1984 film did correctly predict that Beijing would host the 2008 Olympics so we should assume the rest of the vision will play out in the next 11 months! But much more tangible aliens are already on Earth, living in South Africa and due to be evicted from their District 9 slum on the specific date of August 9. Another bad decision made in 2010? Putting Jason Vorhees into cryogenic suspension until it can be decided what should be done with him. WTF? He's a demented serial killer, people! Thus, the hideous events of Jason X in 2455.




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2011--- We're Fluxed!

Future-feature Aeon Flux brings the cheery news that next year 99% of the world's population dies in a viral outbreak. As you'll soon see, though, considering what's coming after that it seems like something of a merciful outcome. But the 1% who do survive get to hang with mysterious assassin Charlize Theron, decked out in figure-hugging black leather -- reason to live right there.




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2012 --- Apocalypse Now!

Roland Emmerich's spectacular disaster mega-mix 2012 declares that space-neutrino-hoodoo-voodoo will cause the Earth to be first rocked by massive earthquakes, then subsumed by massive tsunamis and finally swallowed by gaping plot holes. But according to I Am Legend, by 2012 Will Smith will be the only human left alive in New York City, with most of humanity killed or mutated by bad CGI. Either way, the outlook's grim. And sometime in this tumultuous year, the US economy will also collapse, leading to so many criminals that private prisons will have to stick inmates into the remade Death Race to secure funds.




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2013 --- Escape LA -- and Substance D!

In The Postman, we've been all but wiped out by one of those pesky Road-style non-specific apocalypses. Happily, though, Kevin Costner provides hope in 2013 by donning a dead mailman's outfit and delivering letters. Couldn't he just have hooked us back up to Twitter? This is also the year the US president's daughter turns traitor, giving America's super-weapon to a Peruvian freedom fighter holed up in what's left of Los Angeles. Thankfully, Snake Plissken's ready to enter this hellhole so he can Escape From LA. But, if A Scanner Darkly is to be believed, Snake's probably so totally high on Substance D he thinks he's signing up for a trip to Disneyland. Hopefully, across the pond, the Brits have a good supply of the drug, too, because this is the year the Norsefire fascists purge the United Kingdom of undesirables -- a crackdown that'll lead to V's vendetta some 14 years later. Whew!




2014 --- Nikkei Bye-Bye!

Japan's economy suffers such a blow in Moon Child that citizens have to move to mainland China to survive. There, a gang of kids turn to crime. And hang with a vampire teen. So it's City Of Let The Right One I Ching! Oddly, mainstream western feature filmmakers have avoided 2014 like the (vampire-mutant-creating) plague, which left it to Robin Sloane to make this awesomely believable "future fiction" about 2014 for the Museum Of Media History.



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2015 --- Hoverboards!

A relative benign 12 months, this one. Obviously, we humans recover quite quickly from previous apocalypses because, according to Back To The Future Part II, the cool thing to do is ride your hoverboard to the movies and see the awesome new Max Spielberg flick Jaws 19 at the Holomax. So far Max's biggest credit is as an assistant on The Rage: Carrie 2. Get cracking, young Spielberg! Also this year, according to The Sixth Day, you'll be able to get your sick pet cloned -- or get an animatronic version at Re-Pet. Downside: when you get home, you might find you've been cloned and that the company wants the original you dead!

Comments

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Hoverboards ftw.

Jan 25 - 09:10 PM

inactive user

Jared King

"Terminator" series better wrap up, before the actual robot apocalypse...which actually started in 2003 or 2004 according to T3.

Also, in 2020, we will see the return of Minilla. NOOOOO!!!!

Jan 25 - 09:35 PM

zotrablue z.

zotrablue zotrablue

oh yeah there alredy is a robot war for real thres a robot that moves on four legs and a car that drives by iots self and flying machines ...be afraid be verry ....(insert t2 theme.....) for real real.

Jan 26 - 12:30 AM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

And according to "Akira," WW3 was in 1989 (the year the movie came out), so lots of these are already off their time line.

The fact that some of these are so recent (like "Surrogates") is depressing. Does Hollywood really have no conception about the rate technology moves? But this was a very fun list. Thanks for putting it together guys! :D

Jan 26 - 06:02 AM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Wow, this is helpful. I've been wanting to put my movie collection in chronological order, not by when the movies were made but by when the events take place. My only problem is the time-traveling movies (I'm looking at you "Back to the Future II").

Jan 25 - 10:24 PM

saicam

onaivatco5 november

Hover boards easily the best thing to look forward to.

Jan 25 - 10:30 PM

daniel s.

daniel smith

too right. Then I could go so fast I decapitatate my teacher =D

Jun 2 - 01:44 PM

TheQw

Anders KM

Great article, nearly cracked me up like twice per entry - rather painful since I'm at work and had to pretend to be reading project summary reports, *lol*!

I wish the hoverboards would come true! :/

Jan 25 - 11:25 PM

zotrablue z.

zotrablue zotrablue

oh yeah there alredy is a robot war for real thres a robot that moves on four legs and a car that drives by iots self and flying machines ...be afraid be verry ....(insert t2 theme.....) for real real.

Jan 26 - 12:30 AM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

What year did Logan's Run take place?

Jan 26 - 12:40 AM

BatsInTheBelfry

Derek Meadors

Way, way in the future. 2200 or so, if I remember right.

Jan 26 - 01:25 AM

Radioman

Allan Trainer

In the words of the carosel computer "Last day, Capricorn fifteen. Year of the city twenty-two seventy-four (2274) carosel beins"

Jan 26 - 07:08 PM

Radioman

Allan Trainer

Correction "begins"

Jan 26 - 07:24 PM

BatsInTheBelfry

Derek Meadors

Way, way in the future. 2200 or so, if I remember right.

Jan 26 - 01:25 AM

Bo P.

Bo P

That was cute. Good one RT!

Jan 26 - 02:00 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Always makes me chuckle that "Escape From New York" was set in 1997.

Jan 26 - 02:43 AM

Nine Oh Two

Nine Oh Two .

honestly though, because people have been trying to escape from new york long before 1997

Jan 26 - 05:05 AM

Jake007

Jake Sundstrom

And everyone that can escape from LA has already done so. Why do you think the housing market here has been dead for the past four years? ;]

Jan 26 - 10:44 PM

Michelle A.

Michelle Allen

Should have been called "Escape From Detroit"...would have been more accurate.

Mar 23 - 09:22 AM

Nine Oh Two

Nine Oh Two .

honestly though, because people have been trying to escape from new york long before 1997

Jan 26 - 05:05 AM

Jake007

Jake Sundstrom

And everyone that can escape from LA has already done so. Why do you think the housing market here has been dead for the past four years? ;]

Jan 26 - 10:44 PM

John D.

John Debono

You don't think Robert Zemeckis will give up on PC and get to work on hover crafts do you? I really hope that is the case.

Jan 26 - 06:00 AM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

And according to "Akira," WW3 was in 1989 (the year the movie came out), so lots of these are already off their time line.

The fact that some of these are so recent (like "Surrogates") is depressing. Does Hollywood really have no conception about the rate technology moves? But this was a very fun list. Thanks for putting it together guys! :D

Jan 26 - 06:02 AM

frozen01

Renee Knowles

Well, Vash, the technology in Surrogates isn't necessarily that far into the future. Robots are looking more and more realistic, and brain-controlled gaming devices aren't too far off (there is already a rudimentary one at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and some advancements in using the technology to assist handicapped people).
That technology getting cheap enough for EVERYONE to own one, however, is a LOT further off.

Jan 26 - 07:52 AM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Then let's say they have no conception of how economics work...? ;)

I don't see robots getting /that/ real in only 7 years, though; we're talking full-interface, the same experience you'd get with a real body, maybe even better. Give it 20 years, I'll say maybe. There just isn't much of a demand for it, though, so I'd imagine the same science will be used for non-Surrogate tech first.

Jan 26 - 09:42 PM

LividEmerald

David E. Miller

"2010: The Year We Make Contact." I thought we made that movie in 1997. You know, when we sent Jodie Foster to the VLA near Pie Town, New Mexico? According to Jodie, that was quite an odyssey (she drove 2001 miles to get there!). If we're talking about a remake, reboot, or reimagining, then all I can say is, "HALelujah!"

Jan 26 - 08:06 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

If I recall, in BTTF II both Reagan and Michael Jackson appeared as Max Headroom-esque caricatures of themselves in the diner... obviously devoted to posthumous icons of the 1980's.

How did BTTF know that Jackson would be dead by 2015???????????????

Jan 26 - 08:51 AM

Not L.

Not Likely

Why is it 'obvious' that it was dedicated to dead celebrities?

Why can't it just be celebrities from the 80's in general?

You see what you want to see

Jan 26 - 09:03 AM

Radioman

Allan Trainer

I honestly think it was just that, 80s celebs. Alive or not didn't matter.

Jan 26 - 07:16 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

What other living 80's icon was represented in that diner? None. Just two... and both are dead.

My original statement was meant tongue-in-cheek, but I guess that doesn't come across to the Speculation Police.

Jan 27 - 09:54 AM

BUCK69

JIM GRONEFELD

Weren't the Apes were supposed to a Conquest in 1991?

Jan 26 - 10:21 AM

BUCK69

JIM GRONEFELD

Weren't the Apes supposed to have a Conquest in 1991?

Jan 26 - 10:21 AM

islaguezul

Brian Thomas

They really do screw up the future in movies. Technological developments will never be portrayed correctly, it seems. Take Minority Report. We'll have "precrime" in around 40 years and wipe DC of all crime? I guess they aren't going to bother monitoring politicians and their white-collar crimes if that's the case. And according to I, Robot, the skyline of Chicago will be a sprawling super-metropolis of entirely new super-tall skyscrapers and we'll be cruising around in those awesome ball-wheel cars? Okay maybe we'll have the ball-wheel cars but in reality, we'll be lucky to even go electric by then. Would it be too much a stretch to set a movie in the year 3000 with all this technology? That's seems more reasonable to me.

Jan 26 - 10:55 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

I agree, but I'd still like to see a futuristic move, with all the trappings of ultra-science, that takes place next year. Just to fudge with the audience. And don't call it an alternate reality, either.

The only notable advances we've made are in communications and entertainment. Maybe a film can reflect and expand on this notion.

Jan 26 - 02:37 PM

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