Remember Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, those two loveable rogues from Good Will Hunting? Well they're not in Boston anymore: one is a superhero currently putting a team together and the other is Jason Bourne. Yet occasionally they still team up together to make films under their joint production company, such as Promised Land, Jason Bourne, and Manchester By The Sea. Their latest venture, is a TV series named Incorporated, which has just debuted a new trailer. Check it out below:
Set in the year 2074, Incorporated depicts a world entirely run by corporations, and the one man (Sean Teale) who makes up a false identity in order to bring down SPIGA, one of the biggest businesses of all. In a joint statement, Damon and Affleck said when they ordered the pilot, that they were drawn to the show's message:
“Incorporated provides us distinct insight into a world dictated by our decisions today. Viewers will delve into the intricacies of our future — one that we are constantly warned of but as a society have not yet explored.”
We are currently fifty-eight years away from the date in which Incorporated is set, so only time will tell to see how accurate it will really be. Yet, it could be, seeming as many films from the past have accurately predicted the way we live now. Let's take a look at five of the more eerie predictions.
1. '2001: A Space Odyssey' Predicted The iPad
Whilst we don't have any men roaming about the deepest reaches of space just yet, the technology we use to communicate seems to have been accurately predicted in Stanley Kubrick's visionary film. Take a look from the clip below:
Seeming as the film is set in 2001, the movie actually managed to predict the iPad nine years ahead of its 2010 rollout. Famously in a case between Samsung and Apple, Samsung cited this scene from the movie as evidence that Apple weren't the first to invent tablet computers. What do you think?
2. 'Blade Runner' Predicted The Rise Of America's Asian Population
Blade Runner is famous for a lot of things, but one of the more accurate predictions from its future 2019 is the rise of Asian populations in American cities. Since the 1984 films release, the Asian population has risen from 2.5 million to around ten times that size. Still waiting on these replicants though.
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3. Airplane II: The Sequel Predicted Full Body Scanners At Airports
Airplane II: The Sequel is not nearly as iconic as the original, but set in the near future, it got one thing almost completely right: — the use of full body scanners at airports. This is something most people now accept as a completely normal state of affairs, but back in 1982 airplane security was pretty lax. Just watch Narcos to see how easily cocaine used to be smuggled in and out of the country.
4. 'Americathon' Predicted The End Of The USSR
1979's Americathon may only score 4.2 on IMDB, and have a 0.5 star rating from critic supreme Roger Ebert, yet it made a series of predictions for 1998 that have all come true, including the banning of smoking (holds true in the majority of public buildings, depending on your state), the rise of cycling, the status of Vietnam as a popular tourist destination, China's embrace of capitalism, and most importantly, and irrevocably shaping the world to this day, the complete collapse of the USSR. Not bad for a critically reviled movie!
5. '1984' Predicted The Rise of The Surveillance State
1984, the 1956 adaptation of the classic George Orwell novel, is famous for the line "Big Brother Is Watching You", referring to the state's ability to see what you are doing at any time of the day. This was mostly a fantasy until Edward Snowden blew a lid on the whole thing, showing how the NSA had unprecedented access to everybody's email, phone and social media account — and could even watch you through the camera of your laptop. If you're worried, just use Whatsapp. Its encrypted.... for now.
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