The year 2015 is upon us and it’s safe to say that we haven’t lived up to all the expectations filmmakers had for us. Some of their negative predictions might be reflective of what’s come to pass while other less pessimistic ones haven’t quite transpired. I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not the good outweighs the bad when it comes to where humanity sits in the grand scheme of things after watching a few or all of the movies I’ve listed which take place in the year 2015.
Let’s just get the most obvious one out of the way immediately. Robert Zemeckis’s “Back to the Future Part II” takes place in three different times, one of which is 2015. In the movie, “Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955” to prevent catastrophic changes to 1985 after dropping in on 2015... “without interfering with his first trip.” Our world today is filled with flying cars, “Jaws 19,” self-drying clothes, shoes that lace themselves, three-piece suits worn with two ties, hydrator ovens, and hover boards as seen here.
Director Roger Spottiswoode’s futuristic vision of the present entitled “The 6th Day” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as “a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.” Obviously, we’re not quite advanced to the extent that we can just make copies of ourselves or our animals. The controversy of cloning was a hot topic when the film came out in 2000 and remains so fifteen years later, while not quite as talked about as then.
Lovers of anime will be happy to see “Evangelion: 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone” make my list of films that take place in 2015. Based on the original series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” that ran from 1995 through 1996, it focuses on a world “threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organization set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth; but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV?” It’s very safe to say we haven’t reached the point technology has in this movie. I haven’t seen any giant mechanized robots battling angels any time lately.
“Memory Run (aka "Synapse”)" is a movie based on the novel “Season of the Witch” by author Hank Stine. The 1995 sci-fi action thriller has “big brother… everywhere. The search for immortality is over. Science has finally achieved the impossible, undermining the most basic aspect of life: that Mind, Body, and Soul must be one, Those who benefit from this new technology will wake up to a new and youthful beginning - the rest of humankind must live a bad dream and wake up to a living nightmare that goes beyond life, beyond death, and beyond redemption.” Some might find the subject matter of the film even more interesting after finding out that the book’s writer underwent gender transition and became Jean Marie Stine.
While things might not be quite as bad on a worldwide level as they are in the British action film “Shank,” they already are in certain demographics. Director Mo Ali’s 2010 movie tells the tale of “a gang set out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own in a decaying future London.” It’s a 2015 filled with clashing gangs looking to protect their hoods and their ways of life. Sound familiar to anyone?
The future is now in Director William Eubank’s “The Signal.” Brenton Thwaites plays Nic, who’s on a road trip with two friends. The trio is “drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.” Thwaites seems to be drawn to dystopic futures as evidenced with his other role in the bleak “The Giver.” Here he joins “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke as they try to escape and uncover the truth behind their imprisonment in a mysterious isolated underground facility ran by Laurence Fishburne’s enigmatic Dr. Damon.
Take some time to enjoy a few of these movies as we reach the year they take place in. They can’t dictate where we’ll go in life. However, they can certainly help us to realize the great things we can accomplish or terrible things we can cause as we enter into 2015 and an exciting new phase in history. You can also just sit back and laugh at how ridiculous some of the predictions were if you’re a less dramatic viewer like me.
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