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Top 10 wrong film predictions

Top 10 Wrong Movie Predictions About the Future

Many films seek to portray life in the future... and they can be way off the mark.

Which film predicted that World War Three would break out in 1997? Or that space would be colonised early in the 21 century? Or that babies would be born from vending machines?

Watch our top 10 countdown video - then leave your own predictions.

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Connor Brosnahan February 18 2014 at 10:46 AM

I guess we will have to wait for 2022, Soylent Green!

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lord.damnum February 14 2014 at 4:10 PM

The thing about 1984 is that most of the things from that book are happening, like surveillance, perpetual warfare and ideological indoctrination. They are not in the exact same form as described in the book and movie, but that doesn't mean they're not happening to a degree.
Also, one very important thing is that the year 1984 is a part of the propaganda by the government in the book/movie, it is not the actual year, they are not really sure which year it is, but are being told that it is 1984. So this shouldn't really be on this list since it is unclear as to when exactly it takes place.

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The Social Darwinist lord.damnum June 13 2014 at 6:50 PM

On the nose all the way. I was really surprised to see 1984 being wrong, especially since so much of what was introduced is absolutely happening or has already happened in modern day America. Who really gives a darn about whether or not they got the year right. They got the future right, and that in and of itself is impressive. Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is also becoming more and more eerie as a predictor, and if you look at 1984, Atlas Shrugged, and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (in terms of earth technology, not outer space technology), you can see three books which, combined contain a great deal of today's science which wasn't even thought to be within reason when the book was written (the internet, email, Ipods, InternetRelayChat, YouTube, tablets, Cellphones et .al. are all in Card's "Ender Wiggin" series, and between 1984's warning about the government taking away privacy, and Rand's warning re: lobbies, congress, and globalization, you have a picture of today.

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TheWORstFan February 26 2014 at 10:23 AM

H.A.L. wasn't evil. He was given incompatible directives that conflicted him and he did his best to interpret them.

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db0 February 13 2014 at 12:51 PM

conquest of the planet of the apes featured the death of all dogs and cats in the 70's. airplane 2 had a movie poster for rocky 17(?). americathon! the whole bleeping movie. and from the still-to-come file, "i am legend" presents the zombie apocalypse sometime shortly after the release of a "batman vs. superman" movie. rollerball? 2010?

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musicplr03 February 12 2014 at 4:29 PM

They missed Wesley Snipe's character in Demolition Man wanting to thaw Jeffery Dahmer in the future when he had already been killed many years before!

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terrifictom777 February 12 2014 at 8:52 AM

But more on topic, how could a top-ten list fail to mention: Soylent Green?

"Soylent Green is people! Soylent Green is people!"

Sorry for the spoiler.

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imani100a terrifictom777 February 14 2014 at 1:15 AM

Yes that what I was going to say before I got to your post! How could they miss Soylent Green???

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jt8656a terrifictom777 February 17 2014 at 2:34 PM

Until fairly recently, domesticated cows were eating cows, pigs were eating pigs, and chickens were eating chickens in the form of "protein" meal in their feed in many parts of the world. The outbreaks of mad cow disease have curtailed but not eliminated these practices. The movie simply predicted that humans would ultimately succumb to this fate. Are you really sure about that "pink slime" in you fast food burger?

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paeslaw February 14 2014 at 10:57 AM

Some of if is satire, people (Rocky 17).

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terrifictom777 February 12 2014 at 8:50 AM

But let's also not forget the incredibly wrong predictions of the propagandizing public schools of the 60s - 70s, when I was in school. Specifically, my sixth grade science class had a movie we watched that predicted by the year 2000 we would all be living underground because of all the surface pollution. Another film, featuring Bill Cosby as the host, predicted by the year 2000 there would be 16 BILLION people on this planet with not enough food, water or land for all of us to live. And a "possibility" discussed by the teacher was the coming ICE AGE!!

Now mind you, these were not science fiction movies. These were films and classroom discussions lead by the SCIENCE teacher with impressionable children around 11-12 years of age. You want someone to brainwash? No brain easier to wash than a child's. You want anyone to willingly embrace totalitarian control? Give them something to be afraid of.

Oh, and then there are the completely FAILED predictions of The Club of Rome (Limits to Growth) and the environmental "disasters" predicted by Paul R. Ehrlich, which are legendary.

And I'm supposed to believe in the "science" of global warming" and give up my freedom to international bureaucrats?

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arreguin3 February 24 2014 at 5:04 PM

With regard to 1984 wouldn't speech codes qualify as 'Newspeak' also bordering on 'Thought Crimes.'

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jrscott arreguin3 April 14 2014 at 10:07 PM

Agreed. I kind of took offense to 1984 being listed at all much less at number one! Whoever put this together lives in a Pollyanna world, sheltered from the reality exploding around them. The only thing non-authentic about 1984 is that the intrusion into privacy in the book and movie are plain to see. In today's world, you are definitely watched, but there is no two-way dialog. TV, News, Movies, Music...all are used to give suggestions to your subconcious on how to act. "They" do not need to watch over the public..."They" are pulling the strings. "But we get to vote for who is President!" Yeah. Given the choice of a handful of pre-vetted candidates. You go to work when they say, you take lunch when they say, you go home when they say. Even now, the government can tell you how to spend your money in the USA (healthcare). It's all getting worse by the year. Problem is, that by the time the average American figures out what is really going on, they are too old to act.

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jasonjrf001 February 23 2014 at 10:00 PM

So Taco Bell didnt win the food war?

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wade_wilson666 jasonjrf001 March 05 2014 at 10:58 AM

They may not have destroyed the other restaurants, but they certainly destroyed my bowels.

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REX SPENCE wade_wilson666 May 23 2014 at 1:42 AM


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Fail Bot wade_wilson666 June 02 2014 at 9:11 PM

Banned by the Geneva Convention, the trouble is figuring out if they use chemical, biological, or radiological means to devastate the innards of poor souls who foolishly consume their products.

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