Are you a fan of all things science fiction?
Well it can’t have escaped your notice that our vision of the future and
what will take place in it is constantly shifting and this is very evident in the
world of movies.
More often than not a future movie story line actually reflects what’s happening right now or at least at the time it was made.
Think back to all those classic American 1950’s B movies – what were they full of?
Alien creatures trying to take us over or mutated monsters – what was taking place in America at the time – fear of Russian invasion or attack and the birth of the nuclear age.
Whether the vision happens to be a dystopian or utopian future, we can’t help ourselves and make comment on what happening in our own world currently. In fact even when movies were in the infancy we wrote about the future in present terms, one need only think about the worlds of Jules Verne or H.G.Wells, they dressed it up a vision of the future, but they were really talking about what was happening right now in their time.
To look back at these future visions now whether in print or on the cinema screen, we tend to look and smile and that’s not even taking account the shaky special effects!!
This vision seems to our current eyes dated and more backward looking rather than forward thinking. But before we get too full of ourselves, is our current vision of the future going to look equally outdated to those who come after us.
Current filmmakers also can’t help but borrow ideas from future movies of the past. Think of a movie like Blade Runner and the future world predicted in it. How many times have you seen a scene in a movie and your mind drifts back to that movie instantly even though you are watching a totally different one.
Back To The Future indeed!!