So you think you can tell, well the movies can though. In the history of cinema, writers have been visionaries with their words. As the last time I checked, movies had given us the touch and realization of the 9/11. Some flicks were so accurate in their predictions that some of what is happening today was written a decade before. Even the Simpsons had already predicted Donald Trump’s presidency which was uncalled for by many.
The crisp of perfection in knowing what awaits us in the future is for such ‘out-of-the-box’ mindsets of the writers and directors. It is the writer of a story who can visualize the outcomes of the smallest of details observed by their keen eye that results to come to the unbelievable conclusions which later turn out to be true.
Although, to be honest, most of their theories revolved around their desires, of how they wanted the forthcoming events to be like. And even if they were not shown, provided our technological advancements, we could have reached to such mind-blowing prophecies, but still, these movies cannot be replaced.
The Cable Guy – 1996
‘Soon every American home will integrate their television, phones, and computers!’ yelps the cold-hearted TV installing engineer Chip (Jim Carrey) in the 1996 comedy special, the Cable Guy.
‘You can visit Louvre on one channel, and watch female mud wrestling on another! You can do your shopping at home or play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam.’ Carry’s petrifying protagonist sounded mad at the tail ending of the 20th century, not so crazy today right?
When Carry dropped the comical thriller, no one expected it to have a prophecy or a prediction in all, but now we know. The movie predicted satellite gaming using the internet.
You’ve Got Mail – 1998
While 1998 was coming to an end, the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan hit was the first attempt to show how relationships in the coming generations would seem like. At the time, no one had even a clue of online dating would go like, but their strong chemistry on-screen set the bar for online dating.
I am Legend-2007
Just before Easter eggs reached the craze, and even way before that, the late 2007 thriller had already dropped hints to Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman which was released in 2016. The Times Square based scene in the movie featuring Will Smith as Robert Neville, a scientist had a poster promoting a Batman and Superman film. In spite of making several rounds on social media, no one could come up with a fair conclusion of how the movie had predicted the Batman vs. Superman movie. Although after some time, Francis Lawrence, the director of the film I am Legend cleared the air as he mentioned that the writer, Akiva Goldsman had written an early draft of the Dawn of Justice movie at the same time, but the film never got a script made out of it.
Who would have thought how the world would be like in the future? Few directors such as the famous Riley Scott had envisioned the world of 2019. And, the funny part is that even though we know how the next year would pan out, the little details are far to be remembered. But 37 years ago, this crew did it. Harrison Ford’s exceptional performance as a police officer hunting down replicants (synthetic humans) is what makes the film more intriguing. The theme of artificial intelligence was broadly addressed in the movie showing the replicants being used as workers in the film making conclusions about how our daily working occupations will soon become automated.
Well, it’s no news that almost every car company is working its way to make the driverless technology up and ready for regular humanity use. The tech of even having a driverless vehicle in the 1990s was not prevalent until Paul Verhoeven in his Arnold Schwarzenegger starring Total Recall picturized taxi services who delivered people automatically. There you go, Tesla, you were not the first ones to think about it. The scene is still one of those which hits your nostalgia when the armed assailants are chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Douglas Quaid before he escapes in a ‘Johnny Cab’ hosted by a creepy android systemized robot who is trained and specializes in the small talk.
Super Mario Bros-1993
Those who are still in the illusion of the movie being an animated one, better snap out of it. Super Mario Bros back in 1993 had made predicted one of the most significant terrorist attacks on the US turf. Although just like how people don’t look to care about things, this one of the many of the points that the people out there overlooked. The Super Mario Bros had the last scene put up as a warning to the next nearest attempt to devastate the World Trade Center in 1993. If you’re still wondering why this movie… hop on. Well, some reports stated that Bin Laden was once a very dedicated gamer. His favorite game? Yeah, you guessed that right: Super Mario Bros
Star Trek: The Motion Picture-1979
The Star Trek Franchise has not left anything to predict, yeah that’s right. Martin Cooper, the person whose team in Motorola built the first cell could not hold back on his thoughts when asked about his inspiration. He has even cited that Captain Kirk’s communicator as one of the influences behind his invention. Even those smartwatches are modern impersonations of the wrist-worn communicators. From the PADD( Personal Access Data Device) being the iPads of today to Uhura’s earpiece resembling a lot like early Bluetooth headsets, the Trek franchise took a hike upon our toll.
Back to the Future Part 2-1989
Though we are still not familiar with flying cars, hoverboards and what awaits us in the near future, Back to the Future Part II has been technologically most advanced, out in predictions. Credit was due as the ‘à la Google Glass’ was inspired from their wearable tech. In the later versions of the movie, Marty McFly’s kids have futuristic phones which they wear as sunglasses.
We might have never even wondered that even a part of the uber-campy John Woo action thriller, Face/Off, where a terrorist (Nicholas Cage) and an FBI agent (John Travolta) switch faces through surgery. Today, we live in a world where Facial Transplant technology has evolved to become the most extensively undergone transplant surgery taking place every year.
The Tom Cruise starrer science fiction had Steven Spielberg’s cinematography engraved in its very roots. Although aiming at the way of targeting ads had been viewed as a pretty small yet creepy aspect of invading privacy, the movie had primarily shown everything that Facebook does today. From searching out tips for starting gardens to an uber-eats ad below your Facebook status update, they’ve mastered it all. Minority Report also was able to predict gesture-based computing, which is today’s version of PS4s and the initial Xbox 360 Kinect. Even though it might appear as if the tech Tom Cruise was using to be a bit more flashy and complicated than the originated devices, the concept is still the same.