Movies that Did an Uncanny Job of Predicting the Future

Demolition Man (1993)

“Murder! Death! Kill!” is the memorable trill from the police computer system in this ’90s Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone action romp. Sentenced to 50 years of cryogenic freezing for a botched hostage rescue, Stallone wakes in a world completely foreign to the one he last saw. While much of the changes are played for laughs — three sea shells replacing toilet paper, the digital helmet sex — there are examples which have become a reality.

Video-calling technology is seen in a few scenes throughout the film. First we have Bullock’s face projected from a now familiar tablet device carried by the cryogenics doctor before he has his eyeball ripped out by Wesley Snipes. Later, as Stallone gets to grips with his new apartment and a subconsciously embedded knitting fetish, he receives a wrong number dial on a big screen TV from a gratuitously nude young lady. It may have seemed fanciful at the time, particularly on a dial-up bandwidth, but now it’s common practice for people to keep in touch over long distances with Skype or Facetime. Presumably the political future of Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is also predicted, was the bigger surprise when it came true.