You may think that we’re living in some bizarre, unprecedented times these days. You may think that nobody could have possibly predicted this. Well, turns out some movies did predict it! Here are five movies that may have predicted the future:
1) Idiocracy: After being put into a coma for five hundred years, Joe (Luke Wilson) and Rita (Maya Rudolph), awaken unexpectedly to find that the United States is now a bizarre, anti-intellectual corporate-controlled nightmare, and Joe is made into Secretary of the Interior when an IQ test marks him as the smartest man in the country. This movie may have not made much of an impact when it was released in 2005, but now its themes of anti-intellectualism and commercialism feel a little too close to home.
2) The Stepford Wives (the 1975 version): Fun fact: part of this movie was shot in my hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut! Most people probably know the plot: A young family moves into a wealthy suburb and the wife, Joanna (Katharine Ross), discovers a sinister side to the ever-smiling, pretty, docile wives and their creepy husbands. The themes of conformity and female suppression unfortunately feel quite prescient today. Also, those sexy robots…
3) Ex Machina: Speaking of sexy robots! Of course, I know there’s a lot more going on this creepy sci-fi thriller with the excellent cast of Domnhall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac, but it’s hard not to see past the whole “misogynistic, powerful man creates robot women to exploit and play with”, and the other curious question of whether we can trust robots at all, especially when they seem to be so good at manipulating us.
4) The Post: Corrupt president? Check. President attempting to undermine free speech and the media? Check. Presidential administration attempting to cover up a massive scandal? Check. If you ever feel like the whole Russia scandal is giving you some serious Nixon vibes, head on over to watch The Post (which, in all fairness was only just released and was definitely written with Drumpf in mind), where Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep take you back to a time when the government was trying to delegitimize The Washington Post and The New York Times. Thank god that’s over!
5) Snowpiercer: Okay, maybe this one is a bit of a stretch, because I don’t actually think that we’re all going to end up on a train moving aimlessly for all time, but there are so many important questions and themes raised by this movie, and they’re way too relevant to ignore. From the question of how the rich may be profiting of revolutions (see that Dodge ad from the Superbowl of the infamous Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad), to the devastating consequences of global warming, this stunning, creepy thriller is a must-watch in 2018.