movies about the future

Minority Report

Year: 2002
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Written By: Phillip K. Dick (short story), Scott Frank and Jon Cohen (screenplay)

RYAN’S REVIEW

This is the only movie about the future that I look at and think “that’s what it’s going to be like.”  I don’t know about psychic pre-cogs who can detect crime before it happens but everything else looks legit. The computer operation, eye scanners, personalized marketing, vehicle models, and so much else that we see in the background of the film I think will hold true in 2054.  It’s hard to say really but I think as that year approaches this film will look more like a vision of the future than say Back to the Future II’2015.  Where the hell are our hover board Robert Zemeckis? Aside from being an interesting vision of the future this movie is a fast paced thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end.  It offers some surprisingly outstanding performances from a director who simply makes hit after hit after hit.  In truth this movie is way down the totem pole for great films from Spielberg, but the man has made so many incredible movies it’s hard to get to the top.

Every time I get the opportunity to discuss Steven Spielberg I feel like I can’t say enough about how incredible he is.  This time around is no different.  The man has shown such growth as a filmmaker and he has never stopped getting better at what he does.  For this movie he rolled up his sleeves and did his research.  He didn’t just want to make any other vision of the future with this film but a more accurate picture of what the world would be like.  He met with specific people in a variety of fields and discussed with them where their business was going in the future. This is specifically why I think that in 40 years the world will look pretty close to what we see in this movie.  I just believe that much in Spielberg.  Not only was this film influenced by the information he gathered in his research but this film has over time influenced society itself.  It’s no secret that science fiction films have been influencing technological developments for decades now but this film specifically has been cited as an influence in new emerging technology today.  If you want specific examples feel free to read about it yourself on the film’s Wikipedia page.

Aside from the film’s vision of the future there is always one other specific thing that comes to mind when I think of this movie.  This too I credit Steven Spielberg for and his ability as a director, because otherwise I can’t figure out any other explanation for it.  What I’m talking about is the performance of Colin Farrell. I think he is incredible in this film, and I just can’t figure it out for the life of me.  How can the guy be so damn good in this movie and so widely suck in his career beyond this?  I’ve been seeing this guy in films for a long time now. I know him to specifically blow as an actor.  I have never been able to get over his God awful performance as Alexander back in 2004.  How is it that Oliver Stone, a director that made Charlie Sheen look great in the 80s, fail to get a good performance out of him when Spielberg did so great? It’s always puzzled me but at the same time only makes me appreciate Spielberg more. Somehow he has to be responsible because I sure as hell am not going to give credit to Farrell.  So, for the record, Colin Farrell blows but in this film he is awesome.

I don’t see the point in discussing Cruise.  He is in this film and he is doing his thing.  Probably just to spite haters like me he is a total professional all the way and turns in another killer performance to add to a killer career.  It’s peculiar that you can look at him in this movie and see no noticeable difference in his appearance 12 years later but I’ve discussed that before.  As a hater of this guy I have to admit that he really doesn’t have many flaws in his trade.  He is an outstanding actor and has made a significant career worth being proud of.  I like Max Von Sydow being the real bad guy once everything is figured out.  How did this surprise anyone?  When Emperor Ming it at the top of the hierarchy his hands are bound to be dirty. I like the short part played by Peter Stormare, always great to see him in anything.  Also in small roles Tim Blake Nelson and Neal McDonough add their talents to the cast.

This movie was based on a short story of the same name written by Phillip K. Dick.  I haven’t read it but I have read two Dick books recently and wanted to discuss him a bit.  Dick has been the influence behind a few science fiction films and is significant because one of them is considered one of the greatest of all time.  Blade Runner was based on a book by Dick called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” I read that book recently and found it very interesting.  He also wrote the story that inspired Total Recall, and its remake twenty years later.  Dick was an author far and away ahead of his time.  He wasn’t right about plenty of things but was clever enough to give visions of the future that left a clear impression on his readers.  I also recently read The Man in the High Castle” which has been talked about being adapted into a film since it came out.  The book is about an alternate reality in the United States in 1962 where everything was different because we lost the war to the Axis powers 20 years prior.  In the book the US is divided into three regions where the Japanese rule the Pacific States of America, the Nazis run the Eastern states, and there is a neutral zone in middle America loosely run by a coalition of the two. A fascinating and frightening book that I really enjoyed reading and would recommend to any person with interest in the topic.

Back to the topic at hand, this film is a great example of a great director and a great actor adding another notch to their belts.  They showed up for work and collaborated to create something awesome.  They both continue to make great films and have been doing so for as long as I have been alive, it’s nice to see them get together to do it.  It’s hard to believe that 12 years has passed since this film came out.  Spielberg has reached a point in his career where he can do anything he wants now.  He is in his later 60s now but he isn’t too old to blow us away with his talent and his career will continue to be interesting to follow.  Cruise on the other hand seems to be standing in some different realm where time stands still and we only see him by happenstance.  Any day now that man is going to become an old man and the world will be so weird then.  I imagine there are a lot of older people out there who look at Tom Cruise and just don’t accept the reality of their age.  They see him looking just like he always did and in their disillusion minds they have what Morpheus would call a “residual self image” of themselves still as lively as they were in the 80s.  That’s all part of why I don’t like Cruise; the guy is a hell of an actor but he is screwing with the small minds of people everywhere with his ability to defy time.

When it comes to science fiction films this one is as good as they get and that doesn’t belittle the genre but enriches it.  This movie is interesting and exciting.  It will draw you in with a fantastic vision of the future and keep you on the edge of your seat with action sequences that will have you biting your nails off. This one is easy to recommend because it is awesome.  This movie is worth your time to see it and if you get the opportunity you won’t be disappointed.

 

AMBER’S REVIEW

I always really like watching this movie. It’s an interesting take on how the future will run. It has been really impressive to watch this movie over the years, and to see how close we actually are to a lot of these technologies. Technology and science have always intrigued me. I also love that they did research of true future technologies and incorporated them into the film. I think that’s the best way to make a movie about the future. We can actually watch it evolve over time and see that some movie called it first.

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Having said all of that above, you would think maybe the poster could also be a little advanced. But, no. It looks like that. How boring is this poster? Tom Cruise in an “action pose?” To me he looks a little more like he may have a stomach ache and is doubling over. I can’t even tell what is going on in the background. The typography is completely bored and had barely if any thought put into it. It also looks like they stretched it out across the top. I could be wrong, there might very well be an expanded version. I hate this poster. I can’t even fathom the idea of someone getting paid for crap like this.

NEXT MOVIE: Mississippi Burning

The Fifth Element

Year:1997
Directed By: Luc Beeson
Written By: Luc Beeson

RYAN’S REVIEW

I mentioned this movie to a couple of friends of mine, people whose opinions I respect, and they turned their noses up at it. I told both of them that they were crazy and I was telling the world they had no taste in movies. While I can understand some criticisms of this movie I think no matter what anybody could say about it that it is still awesome. I have even gone as far as to call this my favorite Bruce Willis film and that’s putting it ahead of a lot of great movies. Watching it now I find that it is only reaffirmed as my favorite Bruce Willis movie, he is great as Korben Dallas. I think this movie is an interesting science fiction movie that manages to be both exciting and funny. It has a few great actors giving outstanding performances and great use of music. I will argue on behalf of this movie with anybody that doesn’t like it and encourage them to give it another chance.

This was a family favorite in my house growing up in the late 90s and that will always make it a little bit more special to me. With some of those movies, I watch them now and see that they simply reflect my immaturity at the time but not this one. Every time I watch this movie I am amazed at how much I still love it. I am not a fan of most of Luc Beeson‘s work, I think Taken was one of the dumbest movies ever made.  Nevertheless it has a sequel coming out sometime soon that will no doubt be equally as stupid.  Despite my opinion of Beeson he did do an outstanding job with this movie. Even going as far as to create an entire language for Leeloo to speak in the movie. He and Milla Jovovich would actually write each other letters in that language to learn it better. This movie is a Bruce Willis vehicle though and he does an excellent job.  As Korben Dallas he is cool, funny, and badass all in one.  This movie came off the heels of his latest installment of the Die Hard franchise in Die Hard with a Vengeance and it only built his status as a mega action star.  Milla Jovovich got her first starring role in this movie and immediately fan boys all over the world went wild.  I have never been a big fan of hers but I do think she was awesome in this movie and she looked great with the orange hair.  Gary Oldman was absolutely incredible as the bad guy Zorg.  That voice that he uses is so peculiar and he talks with the confidence and authority that comes with his position. Oldman has always been a very diverse actor and I think it is performances like this that prove that.  One of the greatest roles in this film was without doubt the role of Ruby Rhod and Chris Tucker delivered his finest performance with it.  I think the movie was funny in general but Tucker brought a lot of comedy into the picture as well, he is very funny in this one. There was a great supporting cast behind these actors as well including Ian Holm, Luke Perry, and Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister of all people playing the President.

I am not usually a fan of science fiction movies set this far into the future.  I think most of what we see in the movies is impractical and so much of it just looks silly.  We have no idea what the world will be like in the future and too many movies make the mistake of trying to predict what it will look like.  For example, 2015 is a mere three years away and we have no possibility on the horizon of the hover boards or flying cars we saw in Back to the Future IIThis movie is set like 200 years in the future, I think, and it does have a somewhat interesting idea of what the world will look like then.  For the most part this movie does look a bit silly when it comes to some of the costume design (obviously not Leeloo’s outfit) and ideas about the future.  I have always been curious about how one actually hails a flying taxi cab, unless they all just dive right in like Leeloo did.

I have read before that Luc Beeson said the fifth element is never said to be but is intended to be sex.  That Milla Jovovich was preferct for the part because of her sexual dynamic.  Earth, wind, fire, water, and ….sex, well it works for me I suppose.  I think more than anything this is just a really fun movie to watch.  There is a lot to like about it but nevertheless there are haters out there, like my two friends who totally suck.  I think this is a movie that anybody would like and I think if you didn’t like it the first time it is worth a second chance.  Willis, Jovovich, Oldman, and Tucker are all so good in this movie that their performances need to be watched. I think this movie is worth your time and I would recommend it to anyone.

AMBER’S REVIEW 

I really enjoy this film every time we watch it. This is one of those movies Ryan made me watch a good handful of times, adding to that the amount of times he stopped to watch it on television. This movie is fun and has good ol’ Bruce acting his badass self. I love Bruce Willis and I think the chick that played the fifth element was accurate. I love the fiery “Agent Orange” colored hair. This movie is strange and fun, and is a definite movie that you should watch. It is interesting and out there and gives a look at an alternate or future Earth.

NEXT MOVIE: Fight Club (1999)