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Predictions from Old Sci-Fi Movies for the Year 2013

Predictions from Old Sci-Fi Movies for the Year 2013

By Scott Greenstone

According to sci-fi, the future is pretty much going to suck. There are only a few ways things can come out: 1) nukes, 2) dictators, 3) aliens or 4) Tom Cruise.

But also according to sc-fi, a lot of that crap is going to happen this year. Here's what sci-fi movies have to say about 2013:

1. Escape from L.A. (1996): This Kurt Russell sequel to Escape from New York was made fifteen years after the original and featured main character Snake Plisskin's escape from another city turned to yuck.

What they got right: Internet seduction.

What they got wrong: An earthquake broke L.A. off from the mainland and has now become an island where undesirable members of society are relocated.

2. The Postman (1997): The narration in the trailer for The Postman is "The Year is 2013. War has crippled the Earth. Technology has been erased. Our only hope is an unlikely hero." So it sets the stage for Kevin Costner to change the world by dressing as a United States postman and delivering mail.

What they got wrong: Nuclear war has caused the breakdown of society in America and warlords rule the wilderness.

What they got right: The post office has pretty much disappeared, so...

3. A Scanner Darkly (2006): This strange digitally animated movie starred Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey, Jr. in a future where America has given up the war on drugs.

What they got right: The film was weird, but it handily predicted a larger-scale version of the NSA's surveillance on the populace.

What they got wrong: Technology that constantly alters appearances and drugs that give you personality disorders.

4. Soldier (1998): Hey look, another Kurt Russell movie! He plays a heartless, sociopathic soldier who gets replaced by an even more heartless, sociopathic breed of soldiers. 2013 is a bad year for Kurt Russell.

What they got right: ...Nothing, really.

What they got wrong: Earth is colonizing other planets and has genetically engineered soldiers that are crazy amazing at fighting.

Tags: movies, lists, the apocalypse, science fiction

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