It hasn’t been scientifically proven, but the majority of future predictions that cinema tends to throw at us tend to be on the dark and pessimistic side.
After a year that most of us might call a “challenge,” it is with some trepidation out there that we examine the predictions out there of where forward-thinking filmmakers think we would be here in 2021.
Here is, if you believe what the movies tell us, what to expect in the year to come…
The world is going to end!
Well, you might as well get it over with early. There isn’t a shelf full of movies that try to squeeze some kind of romantic comedy till the end of time, but credit the awesome Looking for a friend for the end of the world to make it a decent fist.
Steve carell and Keira Knightley titles Lorene Scafaria’s film, which sadly brings us the news that an asteroid is about to strike Earth and end all life. Basically: We did it until 2020, just so it could be wiped out in 2021.
A smashing start to this list, I’m sure you’ll agree. Spoiler: It doesn’t get any happier quickly.
Aliens will invade and want to kill us
If Covid hadn’t wreaked havoc, then John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place – Part II would have been at the cinema in April 2020 and maybe told a happier story to Part i. The first film was set in 2020 and 2021, so it’s fair to assume that the actions towards the end of the original took place this year. Not particularly wishing for spoiler-y, a few recommendations.
One, try not to speak with a whisper. Second, don’t rustle the packets of crisps. Three, avoid fingernails. Fourth, be aware that for next year, if you make too much noise, a CG alien can tear you apart.
Read more: The best horror movies of 2020
Part II is now set for Easter. Don’t expect too many smiles.
Sensitive machines will want all the power
Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister made his directorial debut in 2014 with the sci-fi film Transcendence. In it, Johnny Depp plays a man who is an expert and researcher in artificial intelligence, who wants to create a sensitive machine.
It’s not going well, people are trying to kill him, but through – again, spoiler-light – some conspiracy stuff, he wants to gain knowledge and power. Lots and lots of knowledge and power. The world is therefore threatened and Johnny Depp hits the headlines of it. To move on.
The planet is doomed
It is not even more cheerful.
In 2003, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg predicted 2021 when the planet would be ravaged by climate change. A world where it snows in the summer and where people are willing to take a transcontinental journey to get divorce papers signed. Cinema and escape: this is the best.
The film in question is the almost forgotten It’s about love (a collaboration between several nations carried out over five years). Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, Sean Penn, and Douglas Henshall are the English speaking actors in the film, which then adds a few clones to potentially eradicate the need for a human for good measure. A little bit of really kicking us.
Internet is not trustworthy
Keanu reeves may have starred in sci-fi movies that resonated more, but the 1995s Johnny Mnemonic, based on the William Gibson story, oddly feels on the right track. What does this tell us? Well, basically if you are sending information over the internet, chances are someone is trying to hack your data. Who knew?
This is where Johnny de Reeve comes in. Rather than sending that important file through Dropbox or WeTransfer, the world of 2021 is now seeing emails like him having data storage implanted in their brains. This way, they can securely transfer data from A to B.
Remember, the fact that Johnny’s brain has a capacity of 80 GB can be difficult, although squeezing techniques double its capacity. Could use some of it on the new Xbox.
The key to all of this is that there is a 2021 release somewhere where Keanu Reeves will come to you and offer to take your data off. Considering that many of us are looking for glimmers of hope at this point, we would say this isn’t a bad place to start.
We are all going to the moon!
If you subscribe to the theory that we destroyed the planet and that 2020 was Earth’s revenge, then spin a copy of Hammer’s 1969 sci-fi movie. Moon Zero Two. In it, humans are colonizing the moon, with the aim of sending humans to live there.
Yet wouldn’t you know, there is a rich person interfering. In this case, Warren Mitchell’s JJ Hubbard, who spots a quick buck and comes up with a trick to capture an asteroid made of precious material. It breaks the law, but he’s rich, so there’s a sporting chance he gets away with it.
The film was featured on its poster as “the first lunar western”. Barely a cluttered subgenre that. Moral of this particular story: If someone offers you a lunar condo, check that there isn’t a future money-seeking sitcom star behind the plan.
Charlize Theron wants to be president
Who is the hero we need to take us away from all the misery the movies want to inflict on us? Well, it might just be President Charlize Theron. The film Long Shot sees her co-starring with Seth Rogen and Andy Serkis heavily disguised as a media mogul for whom human beings are collateral damage. He also postulates that in 2020 the President of the United States is a former TV star who… no, let’s leave that.
Anyway: Don’t give away the movie’s ending, but the movie is set in 2020, and the thrust of its underlying narrative is Theron’s offer to be sworn in as the new U.S. president at the start. from 2021.
Separately, we learn that Seth Rogen will be self-gratifying in front of a laptop at the end of 2020, and so there is also a chance that he will continue the practice in 2021 as well. Fortunately, not even the deleted scenes from Long Shot explore this further.
Only by watching the film will you know if America will have its first female president – according to the films at least – this very year …