All right, let’s just start with this right out of the gate: I don’t know if
Blade Runner was the first dystopian sci-fi movie set in the year 2019, but it definitely started a trend. The year “2019” is FILLED with fictional scenarios, and weirdly enough, a couple of them accurately predicted the future.
Barely. So let’s take a look at what they actually got right (and completely wrong).
Blade Runner has quite come to fruition yet. We don’t have fully functional androids, we don’t have off-world space colonies, we don’t have flying cars. We don’t have any of that shit.
I would give
Blade Runner credit for LA being a smog-filled hell except that that was true years before they even made Blade Runner. The only thing this movie got right was just how massive the urban sprawl of skyscrapers was really going to get and the number of moving billboards on the sides of buildings.
The Running Man
Okay, this is where shit gets interesting, because a few years ago,
The Running Man was still mostly complete fiction, but now that we’re actually in 2019… This movie got more right than I think anyone wants to admit. Like, way more.
You know how the phenomenon of “deep fakes” (using computers to stitch other faces on top of pre-existing footage)?
The Running Man actually uses the concept towards the end to try and fool the American public into thinking Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character has died at the hands of Jesse Ventura’s “Captain Freedom” (man, this movie fucking rocks).
But the one that’s come way closer to actually happening is the game show at the center of the movie. Now, obviously, we don’t have murder on broadcast TV. However, in 2015, the UK debuted a reality TV show called
Hunted where contestants must outrun “hunters” for 28 days. The show was adapted for the U.S. in 2017, which just happens to be the year that everything goes horribly wrong in the fiction of The Running Man. Which is… Alarming.
We’ll keep this one short. We can’t clone humans, but Dubai has started developing hoverbikes for its police and started really testing them in the last few months. But otherwise,
The Island didn’t exactly land a lot of predictions.
I mean, the most interesting thing about the movie is how it got sued by a director who made a shitty movie in the 1970s called
The Clonus Horror because The Island almost completely stole its premise (the case didn’t make it to court, but that was because Dreamworks settled it out of court for what has been rumored to be a seven-digit number).
Okay, nobody thought this movie was going to happen, but it was set in 2019 and I think this movie is really overlooked. Like, it’s not a great movie, but as far as crazy-ass visions of the future go, a story where the vampires have almost completely won is fucking really cool. Again, not a great movie, but check it out.
Not even close. We don’t have a weather satellite system that controls the entirety of the weather (and even if we did, it would NOT be designed by a man who looked Gerard Butler).
Unlike the last movie (which is definitely underrated),
Geostorm doesn’t come up a whole lot for a reason. Even if you dig spectacle and destruction in a movie, just watch the trailer for this (it contains most of that destruction footage anyway, the actual movie is mostly people bickering at each other while you wait for the next cool part to start).
I know. What could a 1980s anime film about teenagers riding around in a motorcycle gang while psychic forces rip apart “Neo-Tokyo” possibly get right about the future?
Not a lot, but the fact it got one very VERY specific thing right is almost worrying. This is definitely the most obscure of these movies (unless you’re wondering where the most famous motorcycle slide in animation history came from), so let me explain:
Akira is set in a dystopian 2019 where World War III broke out because of a detonation inside of Tokyo in 1988 (the year the movie was released). I won’t get into what actually blew up Tokyo in the story (this movie is fucking weird as shit), but involved a psychic child named Akira.
Here’s where shit gets eerie.
In the story, Akira’s remains are split up and put into cryogenics. And the facility where his body parts are stored is under a partially constructed stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which in the story of the film, Japan is hosting inside of Tokyo.
Except that Japan is actually hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Keep in mind, this movie was made in 1988. The decision for Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Olympics was made in 2013.
Of all the things to correctly predict, this one is bizarre.
Which means that if at any point this year you hear that teenage motorcycle gangs are on the rise in Tokyo and people on the streets start moving shit with their minds, you should gather supplies, find the nearest bunker to you, and stay there because shit is going to get wild.
So… Happy 2019? Try not to get consumed by the white light that will take you to the other plane of existence?
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