Will these movie predictions come true?

3 January 2021, 21:36 | Updated: 3 January 2021, 21:37

Something to look forward to? Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Something to look forward to? Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Picture: CBS via Getty Images

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?

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 last year.

So, how accurate are movies about the future? What has the wonderful world of cinema got in store for us in the next few years?

  1. The Purge - set in 2022

    According to this 2013 film, it’s only another year until there will be an annual 24-hour period where all crime is legal and emergency services are unavailable. After 2020's madness, we're wondering if this will be a blessed relief.

  2. X Men: Days Of Future Past - set in 2023

    The future in question is 2023, when we'll be overrun by mutants, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence.

  3. 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.

  4. 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… We're saying nothing.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. Minority Report - set in 2054

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

  12. Total Recall - set in 2084

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

  13. 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.

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