Will these movie predictions come true?

30 December 2023, 15:00

Something to look forward to? Arnie in The Terminator
Something to look forward to? Arnie in The Terminator. Picture: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Back To The Future Day came and went in 2015 without any sign of hover-boards. Blade Runner was set in 2019, but we still don't have replicants. Which other movie prophecies can we expect?

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Both the 2013 Guillermo del Toro action fiesta Pacific Rim and the sci-fi spectacular Real Steel (2011) were set in the fictional world of "2020".

And while we didn't get giant monsters and boxing robots, maybe they would have been preferable to what actually transpired over the past couple of years.

So, how accurate are movies about the future? What has the wonderful world of cinema got in store for us in the next decade... and beyond?

  1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - set in 2026

    The events of the sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is set ten years after the first film… which means those intelligent monkeys are already causing trouble.

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Official Final Trailer [HD] | PLANET OF THE APES

  2. Children Of Men - set in 2027

    According to this 2006 sci-fi thriller, two decades of infertility begins in 2007, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. Only the United Kingdom has a stable government, leaving the country besieged by asylum seekers…

    Children of Men Official Trailer #1 - Julianne Moore, Clive Owen Movie (2006) HD

  3. RoboCop - set in 2028

    The big budget 2014 remake is set in 2028, with the private police force rolling out their automated officers. The original 80s version wasn't specific about its setting.

    RoboCop TRAILER 1 (2014) - Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish Movie HD

  4. The Terminator - features characters from 2029

    Arnie and the good soldier come back from 2029 to the heady days of 1984 after “Judgement Day” results in a nuclear holocaust in 1997. So you’re all doing pretty well to be reading this right now.

    The Terminator (1984) - Trailer (HD)

  5. Planet of The Apes - set in 2029

    Tim Burton's 2001 remake of the 60s classic features a US space mission which sets off at the end of this decade, falls through a time warp and ends up in a future where the primate is king. It could happen! Honest!

    War for the Planet of the Apes | Final Trailer | 20th Century FOX

  6. Demolition Man - set in 2032

    The Sylvester Stallone/Wesley Snipes knob-swinging action thriller sees the main characters frozen in time in the futuristic year of 1996… only for them to revive in 2032, when crime is a thing of the past. Which completely contradicts the events of The Purge. D'oh!

    Demolition Man (1993) Official Trailer - Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes Action Movie HD

  7. Tank Girl - set in 2033

    The movie version of Jamie Hewlett's comic claims that a comet will strike earth in 2022, causing a major drought and Ice-T to turn into a kangaroo (possibly).

    TANK GIRL Official Trailer

  8. Ready Player One - set in 2045

    Steve Spielberg's adaptation or Ernest Cline's novel features a VR universe in 2045. Hey, we're almost there already.

    READY PLAYER ONE - Official Trailer 1 [HD]

  9. Minority Report - set in 2054

    Tom Cruise stars in this tale of “PreCogs”, who can predict murders in the far off days of 2054.

    Minority Report (2002) Official Trailer #1 - Tom Cruise Sci-Fi Action Movie

  10. Total Recall - set in 2084

    You’ll be able to “get your ass to Mars” for some Arnie-sponsored action in 60 years time.


  11. Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure - set in 2688

    None of us will be around to see the music of Keanu Reeves bringing about world peace. Shame.

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Official Trailer #1 - Keanu Reeves Movie (1989) HD


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