Back to the future II
The first 30 minutes of Robert Zemeckis’s 1989 time-travelling classic Back To The Future II takes place in the distant future – 2015. Inevitably, here we are at the beginning of 2015, and it is interesting to take note of the numerous predictions that the movie actually got right. With myriad predictions including: Eyewear (Google glasses), 3D movies (which are more popular than ever at the moment), Bionics, Automation (self-checkouts), Hands free technology (with the likes of games consoles such as the Nintendo Wii), and video calls (the dominance of Skype), and even Hoard-Board technology (Hendo Hoverboard). There are only a few things that have yet to be achieved, such as flying cars (like from BTTF), the Cubs winning a World Series, and Nike shoes with self powered laces. However, there are still 285 days to go until Back to the Future Day on the 21st of October, so there is still time for these things to develop.
Whenever I’m channel surfing on a boring Monday night and land on ‘Back To The Future’, I just put the remote down without even thinking. It’s a brilliant film with oodles of complexity and a tight hold on one of Hollywood’s various ideas on time travel. I don’t think we’ll ever navigate the past or the future, but there’s a good chance that some of the movie’s technology could come to fruition. Take hoverboards, for instance. In the movie’s somewhat inferior sequel, protagonist Marty McFly zips from 1985 into 2015 and experiences his first encounter with the floating device. Director Robert Zemeckis lied in an interview, saying the contraption was real. But we told science that, according to the movie, they have until 2015 to make that shit happen. Did they or didn’t they? You be the judge. (more…)