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How Cinema Sees The Future
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How Cinema Sees The Future | Waterworld (1995)
Waterworld (1995)

This one is less about building the future and more about drowning it – although we’re well on our way back here in reality. The Universal logo at the film’s opening sees water slowly cover the globe, and the film takes place on an entirely drowned world (the depiction here is meteorologically implausible, but just go with it). What’s left is a scavenged world, whether it’s the trimaran of Kevin Costner’s Mariner or the oil-guzzling semi-derelict Exxon Valdez, or the makeshift atoll created as a port, but one that’s been cleverly designed so that you almost forget to ask about the logical inconsistencies in how it all works…

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1 12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys was in Philly. More

Posted by Robot215 on Friday September 21, 2012, 17:25

2 Self-Laced Shoes and Hoverboards?
I think Back To The Future Part II was worth mentioning. Glad you put Blade Runner first though. More

Posted by eagle270878 on Friday September 21, 2012, 14:00

3 "Anyone else fancy some Chinese food?"
Actually, it was Japanese food in Blade Runner's world. ;-) More

Posted by hatebox on Thursday September 20, 2012, 16:07

4 The 3 seashells, my guess.......
Hot Water, Cold Water, Air Dryer. Those make the most sense when it come to 'Butthole cleaning' (when there is no Loo roll) More

Posted by boredbluekoala on Thursday September 20, 2012, 12:03

5 What about
Gattaca? Surrogate? And of course: Bill and Ted? More

Posted by Troggi on Thursday September 20, 2012, 09:45

6 what about Serenity?
Serenity deserves a mention. Shows that even in the future not too much has changed, except for having spaceships More

Posted by exhausted on Wednesday September 19, 2012, 18:43

7 Where's Hell Comes To Frogtown?
Surely deserves inclusion in this breakdown? More

Posted by loafroaster on Wednesday September 19, 2012, 17:26

8 Where's Children of Men?!
Surely deserves inclusion in this breakdown? More

Posted by leonwalters on Wednesday September 19, 2012, 15:52


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