I guess chillin’ out and having a cold one is the proper way of spending a quiet evening, although usually there’s a good movie as part of the entertainment. Film and television allow viewers to transport themselves into an imagined reality full of new and exciting possibilities. Surely you will agree that sometimes movies, whether meaning to or not, imitate life and even predict the coming of major events. The 10 movies listed below have all predicted the future, and their totally worth your time. Check it out!
10. The Truman Show (1998) | Movies That Predicted The Future
The Truman Show is a movie about an insurance salesman who learns that his entire life is actually a reality TV show. This movie actually predicted the upcoming popularity of reality televisionș although released in 1998, when there were only a handful of reality TV shows on air, The Truman Show was the first big clue as to how wildly popular reality TV could become.
9. The Lone Gunmen
The Lone Gunmen is a spin-off of The X-Files, that features three computer hackers known as ‘The Lone Gunmen’, who devote their lives to uncovering government secrets. The pilot episode aired March 2001 and was about a government faction pretending to be terrorists, take over a plane, and plan to fly it into the twin towers. As a result, the US government is plotting to use the attack as justification for starting a war on terror. Sound familiar?
8. Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist tells the story of a family who is dealing with a massive ghost problem. The film frightened audiences everywhere, but I doubt many of you noticed the super bowl poster from 1988 – please note that the movie was released in 1982. Six years later, on Super Bowl XXII, 12-years old Heather O’Rourke became violently ill and died the next day.
7. Game of Death (1978)
Game of Death is a movie starring Bruce Lee, that follows a martial arts movie star who is forced to fake his own death in order to find out who is trying to kill him. A crucial scene in the movie shows a stunt that goes wrong when a prop gun is loaded with a real bullet and shoots Lee’s character. Oddly enough, in 1993, Brandon Lee was filming The Crow, when a prop gun that had a bullet fragment jammed in it shot off and killed Brandon Lee. Weird, isn’t it?
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Joel and Clementine undergo a procedure in order to erase the memories of their relationship after a painful break-up. Pretty Sci-Fi, if you ask me, yet Dutch scientists have discovered a way to erase traumatic memories using common heart medicine; this should erase traumatic experiences like rape or mugging from patients’ mind.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Many inventions have been predicted or influenced by science fiction films, but 2001: A Space Odyssey is on top of the list. Some of the inventions that the movie predicted include glass cockpit displays, the iPad, personal televisions on a plane, the moon landing, robotics in space and Skype video-calls. It’s more than a movie!
4. Americathon (1979)
Americathon is a cult comedy that is set nearly 20 years in the future (1998), when the US goes bankrupt and into a debt crisis. The movie predicts China becoming a global economic mega power, the fall of the USSR, continually rising prices on everyday items, and a relative of the US President taking office.
3. Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown is a critically acclaimed film that tells the story of a private detective who gets caught up in a fog of treachery, corruption and murder. After the successful release of Chinatown, Time magazine wanted to do a story about Jack Nicholson; it turns out, Nicholson’s sister is actually his mother. The young girl became pregnant at the age of 16, in 1937. Instead of going through a major scandal, the girl’s mother and father decided to raise Nicholson as their own son. That’s how Nicholson found out the truth!
2. Enemy of the State (1998)
Enemy of the State is a thriller that follows a lawyer who receives evidence to a politically motivated crime. US government follows the moves of every one of its citizens by keeping tabs on them through their cell phones, e-mails, cameras and personal data. Back in 1998, this notion sounded a little far-fetched, but Enemy of the State made a spot on prediction about how little privacy we enjoy these days.
1. Demolition Man (1993)
Demolition Man is a thriller set in 2032, which follows a police officer who pursues his nemesis in a non-violent future. Stallone is awesome, by the way, but there’s once scene in the film where the police pull up a list of prisoners on death row in Los Angeles, among which is Scott Peterson. In 2004, Scott Peterson was sentenced to death after killing his wife and unborn child in California. I’d sue the producers, if I were him; this movie influenced the jury that convicted him.