Sometimes it's best to set you movie franchise way ahead in the future, just to be safe. With the likes of Star Trek, nowadays people commend the show on predicting future technology with their communicators being mobile phones and tablets becoming, well digital tablets. But sometimes a movie may be a commentary on society and where we're headed with technology etc but that doesn't always pan out as expected.
In the Terminator franchise, Judgment day was the day Skynet became self-aware and launched its attack on the human race. This happened in 1997. Considering the first movie released in 1985, and the second in 1991, maybe James Cameron should have given himself a little more wiggle room in the timeline?
The movie opens with 'Los Angeles 2019' and we see this beautiful futuristic Sci-Fi vision of the future. Given the movie was released way back in 1982 you could be understanding that the belief we'd have replicants 30 years later was plausible. Alas, we're not quite there, yet...
2001 - A Space Odyssey
Kubrick's Sci-Fi masterpiece was a monument to cinema when it released way back in 1968 and looking ahead 30 plus years during a competitive space race, it seemed likely this is where we would be heading. Unfortunately, humans haven't travelled further than the moon yet, but our A.I. technology isn't far from H.A.L 9000...
Released in 2009, this movie was a shameless cash in to the belief that the Mayan calendar had the end of the world set for 2012. Alas, the movie released. 2012 arrived. Nothing happened. It is however, a guilty pleasure as a popcorn flick!
Back To The Future Part II
Hoverboards, flying cars, self-lacing Nike trainers and rehydratable pizza! Released back in 1989, the movie saw Marty end up in 2015 with a fun, bright vision of the future! What do we have? Fake hoverboards, limited edition super expensive gimmicky Nike trainers and crappy microwave pizza.
A brave shot to release a movie in 1994 set 10 years in the future about a cop who regulates time travel. However, Jean-Claude Van Damme's Sci Fi action flick missed the mark on time travel being around by 2004...
Escape From New York/Los Angeles
Twice, John. You missed the mark twice. But these movies are awesome. Well, the first one... Escape from New York released in 1981 and portrayed New York as a giant prison for the world's scum set in 1997. Then came the sequel. Escape from LA, released in 1996 and set in 2015. Same idea, but swap New York for LA.
While no specific date was specified exactly in the movies, director George Miller has mentioned the films were set somewhere between the 90s and 2018 where the world would be a wasteland, dominated by the thirst for guzzolene! Some of that thinking could be attributed to the wars being waged for oil throughout the world and the Western dependency on fossil fuels. However, fingers crossed we're steering ourselves away from that with renewable energy.
Released way back in 1975, the movie's premise was that we'd have a corporate controlled society feasting on a relentlessly violent sport called Rollerball by the year 2018. With today's health and safety regulations, I don't think we're close to seeing this, even if it would be fun...
Released in 1975, this movie predicted by the millennium we'd have a long-distance kill for points race where murder was all legal, in a bid to control overpopulation. It hasn't happened, but might be a solution for dealing with some road users...
Movies we're keeping an eye on...
These had the fore-sight to look way, way ahead into the future and some of their 'futuristic' technology has come to pass, but their setting or view on society, not quite. These include:
The Running Man - Set in 2019
Total Recall - Set in 2084
Judge Dredd - Set in 2080
Demolition Man - Set in 2032
Any others we should be looking out for?
Director Ridley Scott has commented on the possible appearance of Sigourney Weaver in upcoming Alien films, given that the current timeline is leading up to the events in the original Alien (1979) film. Scott stated in an interview with Luis Nostromo that Ripley could make an appearance as someone's daughter, when asked if CGI technology would play a role:
“We’re heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [using CG] may be feasible. I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.”
In his reply, Scott also further cements his ambition to create several more Alien movies for the franchise.
Do you think it's a good idea to work with CGI to create a young Ellen Ripley, working with Sigourney Weaver? Do you want more Alien films after the release of Alien Covenant (2017)?
To achieve some of the most iconic scenes in fantasy movie history, the special effects crew on the Lord of the Rings series built a wide range miniature sets that were detailed and shot so well, it was almost impossible to believe what was a physical set and what was added as CGI later in post production. The combination of minature and 'bigiature' sets allowed for actors to be placed seamlessly within the tiny, highly detailed sets. Check out the gallery below for some mind-blowing special effects work!
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Six seconds of pure madness! One of THE most paused moments in Sci-Fi/Horror. Can't imagine trying to capture this back in the days of VHS! But, thanks to the marvel of DVD, and now high definition digital video, we thought it was about time to catalogue a few stills from this iconic moment in Event Horizon. Enjoy!
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Ever felt like destroying something beautiful? Edward Norton goes psycho on Jared Leto (Angel Face) and beats him to a bloody pulp, literally. So we designed this epic FIGHT CLUB T-Shirt with his mashed up face :)
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