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12 Stills From Movies Showing What People Thought the Future Would Look Like

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Have you ever wondered what the year 1970 looked like? Well, instead of looking at pictures from that era or talking to people who lived through it, why not just watch Project Moon Base? It’s basically a documentary about life in 1970, except it came out in 1953. Don’t worry, it definitely depicts what life was 100 percent for sure like in 1970. Because, like, how hard could it be to predict what life would be like in the futureProject Moon Base definitely got at least the general vibe of 1970 right… right? So rather than reading a dumb history book like a nerd, check out these screen shots from films depicted years in history. It will give you a much more interesting idea of what the world was like and will soon be like, then any history lesson ever could.

Project Moon Base (1953)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 1970… HUMANS HAVE COLONIZED THE MOON AND BALD CAPS ARE ALL THE FASHION RAGE!

 

1984 (1956)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 1984… WHERE PEOPLE WORK IN CUBICLES AND STARE AT TINY SCREENS. (Okay, actually that’s not that far off what people do now. This is actually kinda creepily prophetic.)

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2001! EVIL SENTIENT SPACE ROBOTS, SPACE TRAVEL, AND GIANT SPACE BABIES ARE ALL THE RAGE! BASICALLY TAKE YOUR FAVORITE NOUN AND PUT “SPACE” IN FRONT OF IT!

 

The Terminator (1984)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2004. BUSH IS ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR A SECOND TERM.

 

Escape from L.A. (1996)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2013. THE 101 FREEWAY IN LOS ANGELES IS SHUT DOWN FOR A WEEKEND AND THE ENSUING TRAFFIC JAM DESTROYS ALL OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION.

 

The Postman (1997)

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WELCOME TO A DIFFERENT PART OF 2013. LIKE MAYBE OCTOBER 2013. AMERICA IS NO LONGER A PLACE, AND KEVIN COSTNER REFUSES TO LEARN THE LESSON ABOUT MAKING DYSTOPIAN FILMS HE SHOULD HAVE PICKED UP FROM WATERWORLD.

 

Mad Max 2 (1981)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2014 WHICH, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IS PROBABLY WHEN THEY FILMED MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. SO MAYBE THIS IS JUST A PICTURE FROM THE SET OF THAT MOVIE AND MAD MAX 2 ACCURATELY PREDICTED THE FUTURE?

 

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2015! PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED WITH THE 1980S ENOUGH TO HAVE CAFES DEDICATED TO THE TIME PERIOD. OH THE HUMANITY!

 

Rollerball (1975)

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WELCOME TO 2018! THE DISTANT FUTURE! WHERE THE MOST POPULAR SPORT IS A HYPER VIOLET GAME OF BASICALLY NONSENSE THAT TURNS OUT TO BE RIGGED BY THE ORGANIZATION IN CHARGE OF IT… DEFINITELY THE STUFF OF SCIENCE FICTION!

 

Blade Runner (1982)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2019! LA LOOKS KINDA PRETTY. PEOPLE REMARK “WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!”

 

Reign of Fire (2002)

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WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2020! ALL OF MARVEL’S PHASE THREE FILMS HAVE BEEN RELEASED AND WITHOUT THE ANY NEW COMIC BOOK MOVIES ON THE HORIZONS, THE WORLD DEVOLVES INTO COMPLETE CHAOS. ALSO THERE ARE DRAGONS.

 

Do you know of other films that depict a future full of ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS SH*T? Share them with me and the world on Twitter!

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