2001: A Space Odyssey, in which we have manned flights to Jupiter and pictophones 4 years ago, and the movie adaptation of
1984, which came to pass except for most of it. (There was a guy named Wilbur who lived in England in that year.)
Last night I was channel surfing and came across ** Conquest of the Planet of the Apes**, filmed in 1972 and set in 1991. It’s hard to say if it’s a prequel or a sequel to the original PotA film, but in it a space virus has killed all domesticated pets so they’ve been replaced by chimpanzees, who have been conscripted by America’s gestapo like government to do janitorial and domestic work. (Apparently the same virus made the chimps grow a lot taller, somehow forget they’re capable of beating the besheezus out of a human, and form opposable thumbs.) Wonderfully campy stuff, especially Ricardo Montalban imitating Roddy McDowall screaming “Lousy human bastards!” It does feature VCRs, however.
What are some other films whose year of setting has come to pass?
Also, the final PotA saga, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, takes place about 15 years after Conquest, by which time humanity has destroyed itself and humans and apes live in relative peace and harmony, until some misfits on both sides start throwing some shite. It would therefore take place about now.
The Spindrift, in Land of the Giants, left Earth in 1983.
Until the End of the World was released in 1991 (IMDb says it took 14 years to make), set in 1999. A friend of mine recommended it to me by saying it was the best near-future atmosphere he had ever seen in a movie. I saw it in 1996 and agree with him. It didn’t get all the details right, but it had a great sense of things being slightly more advanced, but not all shiny and pristine.
1997 was a very bad year, not only was it the year of Judgement Day but World War III was in full chaos and the President crashed into the Maximum Security prison of New York City in Escape From New York.
I don’t think I ever saw that movie until last year, which really made me giggle.
From about the same time, the Macross Saga of Robotech started with the crash of the SDF-1 on Macross island in 1999, after several (I think 10, but one timeline is saying the war started in 1995) years of global war. The UN would have been established as the world government last year, and the first test flights of the Valkerie Veretechs will take place this year.
(Details are a little different for Macross itself, but the dates are still more or less the same.)
I totally remember being seven years old and getting very jazzed up after working out that I wouldn’t be too old in 1999. When I grew up I’d be able to go to the moon and beyond!
What a rip-off.
Not quite the same, but Battlestar Galactica was supposed to take place before Earth history started. (Pay no attention to the spin-off. It never existed.)
The Martian Chronicles began in the year 1999.
The Shape of Things to Come starts with an outbreak of world war in 1940-- close… except that it continues until the mid-sixties, when plague wipes out most of the population. This pushes our conquest of space back several decades. (Moon landing somewhere around 2040? 'Zat right?)
Edward Belamy’s novel Looking Backward, published in the 1800’s had the United States becoming a socialist utopia by 2001. Poverty, hunger and disease were eliminated, crime shrank to zero and everyone had a twenty-hour workweek. While Belamy didn’t exactly bat a hundred, he did forsee the appearance of shopping malls and credit cards.
A less kind fate was to be in store for England by 1984, according to G. K. Chesterton’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill. The neighborhoods of London have become separate political factions, constantly at war with each other. (Orwell set 1984 in 1984 as a homage to this book.)