Nov 29 2011
The amount of movies that portray what our existence will be years from now is practically endless. From space westerns to apocalypse scenarios, the depiction of our future is so varied that a realistic sense of it rarely surfaces.
I mean it’s not like we’re in the Star Trek Enterprise yet, and we’re certainly not a society that contains only desert waste lands. Truth is, the future 20 years or even 50 years from now will aesthetically look very similar to what our world looks like today. It’s just that movies never portray that.
However, here are five movies that I think portray the future in a very real way….
I don’t remember where I read this but it’s been said that Gattaca is the most realistic depiction of the future film ever made. That’s a pretty bold statement. But the idea if blood and genetics determining our destinies is something that’s highly probable. I would imagine technologies are being built every day that will simply scan the skin to determine future disease, success, anything. Not to mention at some point we’ll simply be scanning our bodies just to purchase our everyday products.
It doesn’t depict the multi-tiered metropolises of an overpopulated future; nor does it contain confrontational struggles with fancy new technology. It doesn’t do any of these things, but yet it still feels like a genuine futurist film for one simple reason: it shows us a Hell on Earth that could actually come about with our reckless regard for the planet and, often, each other. The cataclysmic landscape of post-apocalyptic life is shown here in all of its disturbingly brutal reality, highlighting even more so the effect that such a situation has on human psychology and the subsequent breakdown of the social contract.
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