"From now on itll be all science fiction," announced
Beat poet Allen Ginsberg back in the Sixties. He didnt know half of it! Look
at what have happened to us in the movies by now:
An extraterrestrial plague wiped out the entire cat and dog population. People began to
use apes as household pets, unaware that the same virus had somehow genetically advanced
them (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes).
Britain is still under a brutal Stalinist totalitarian regime where
freedom of thought and action have utterly disappeared (1984).
In San Francisco a group of time travelers revealed the secret of creating
"transparent aluminum" and also saved the whales from extinction by taking a few
with them (Star Trek IV The Voyage Home).
Manhattan is transformed into a huge maximum security prison (Escape from New York).
Humanitys newly-evolved ape pets comes under the leadership of a talking chimp named
Caesar and rise up in rebellion (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes).
The American government starts a secret government project to create
"UniSols"android fighting machines. They do this by reanimating dead
soldiers who died in Vietnam. The process involves "hypercharging their bodies to
turn dead flesh into living tissue" (Universal Soldier).
The surface of the earth has been reclaimed once again by animals, after the death of five
billion people in a plague in October 1996 (12 Monkeys).
The island prison of Manhattan is by now ruled by prowling gangs who have their own
sources of power, food, and clout. After terrorists hijack Air Force One and crash it into
Manhattan Island, the president escapes inside an armored crash pod. He is then held
hostage, along with a cassette tape that contains the means of preventing World War III.
The police commissioner sends a convicted criminal into New York to
bring the president back alive. The criminal is a Special Forces veteran (he fought at
Leningrad and in Siberia). If he gets the president out within twenty-four hours, he gets
a pardon. If he doesn't, tiny time bombs rupture his major arteries (Escape
from New York).
Gunfire rules the streets of Los Angeles and cops shoot it out with drug
dealers while an alien stalks the streets of LA who hunts humans for the heck of it (Predator 2).
On 29 August, Skynet, the computer in charge of Americas nuclear
arsenal achieves self-awareness and decides to start full-scale nuclear war (Terminator 2 Judgment Day).
There are massive street riots in LA as New Years Eve approaches (Strange Days).
becomes a national televised sport (Death Race 2000).
An unknown artifact of alien manufacture is found on the moon (2001: A Space Odyssey).
A joint U.S./Soviet mission seeks to discover what happened to an
earlier (so-called Discovery) mission to Jupiter (2010).
The Island of LA is a penal colony for America's undesirables (Escape from L.A.).
Special police officers kill "replicants" - powerful humanoids
manufactured by genetic engineers if they rebel against their drudgery in the space
colonies and show up on Earth. By the way, this is called "retirement" (Blade Runner).