10 Movies and TV Series That Predicted Very Different 2020 Disasters – Gizmodo UK

Posted: May 4, 2020 at 10:54 pm

Were living in a time right now, one that some movies like Contagion kind of predicted. But there are plenty of films and shows that portray a far different version of 2020 where aliens invaded Earth, robots have taken over boxing... or maybe dragons have even taken root.

Below weve put together a list of several films and shows that either took place in 2020 or had key plot points within that year. Just goes to show that things could always be worse at least we dont have radioactive sharks...

Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) tells William (Tom Cruise) how not to die again.

Edge of Tomorrow starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise takes place five years after a race of nearly invincible aliens called Mimics invaded Earth, turning 2020 into a futuristic hellscape where soldiers of the newly minted United Defence Force have to don bulky mech-suits just to stand a chance against them. It shows how quickly society can adapt when faced with an unprecedented threat though in this case, it was by creating a massive military-industrial complex.

Space: The terrible CGI frontier.

In this Brian De Palma film inspired by the ride at Walt Disney Worlds Epcot, space travel has grown to support expeditions to Mars. The astronauts embarking on these missions discover that the planet was previously inhabited by highly sophisticated aliens. Billions of years ago, theyd abandoned the planet, sending one alien to Earth to create lifeforms who could one day land on Mars and discover their true extraterrestrial ancestry. Astronaut Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise) is chosen as the ambassador of Earth, and the movie ends with him being summoned to the Martians new home.

The Abbott family is on the move again.

A Quiet Place fast forwards two years into its future, to a world devastated by an invasion of alien monsters who could hunt by sound. As a result, vocal speech is impossible and largely replaced by sign language. Its a world similar to ours, except without any form of functioning government or society, because anything that makes a sound will draw deadly attention.

Part of the poster for Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet.

This is the kind of futuristic flick that can only come from 35 years of far-future speculation and the fact that it was a Soviet film that was slightly retooled with new scenes in English and repackaged for the U.S at the height of the Cold War.

In this version of 2020, the Moon has already been colonised because its the future, baby! A pair of astronauts have been sent 200 million miles to explore Venus i.e., the one thats famous for being an uninhabitable gas planet. Upon landing there, the astronauts discover that its actually a prehistoric world filled with strange monsters and murderous plants, and theyre forced to launch a daring escape. Its perfectly schlocky 60s sci-fi akin to Voyage To the Planet Of Prehistoric Women. Not a lot of plot, but definitely some cheesy special effects.

This robot is ready to rumbleeeeeee.

This sci-fi sports flick presents a 2020 where human boxers have been replaced by robots, turning it into a mix of Detroit: Beyond Human and that BattleBots show. Hugh Jackmans Charlie Kenton trains a robot called Atom to become a champion boxer, and the movie ends not with humans returning to the ring but robot boxing continuing to reign supreme. The focus of the story was more about the strained relationship between Charlie and his son Max (Dakota Goyo), with robot boxing being the thing that brings them together, but the framework was this strange, disjointed world that mixed futuristic robotic technology with old timey state fairs.

Oh hey Drogon.

Dragons have awakened from beneath the Earth to bring about the next apocalypse. In Rob Bowmans Reign of Fire, its 2020 and theyve nearly completed their goal, with humanity on the brink of extinction. The few pockets of people remaining have gathered in small communities one of them led by Christian Bales Quinn Abercromby and daily life is a challenge. They cant even grow food without dragons coming in to burn all their crops. Luckily for Bale and his co-star Matthew McConaughey, theres only one boy dragon and if you kill that one, they all go down.

Behold the future of sharknado hunting.

This movie takes place five years after the previous Sharknado film and focuses on a private space company loosely modelled after Elon Musks SpaceX. The company developed a technology that can diffuse tornadoes from space, which has not only helped save millions from annual tornadoes, its effectively killed the whole sharknado thing but not for long. Lo and behold, in comes a sharknado thats so big, it contains boulders, fire, oil, even lava. Eventually, it becomes nuclear, meaning weve got radioactive sharks floating around in a giant tornado. The only thing it was missing was space sharks. I wanted space sharks.

Hell yeah were cancelling the apocalypse.Image: Warner Bros.

The bulk of Pacific Rim takes place in 2025, but the events of 2020 had a huge impact on the plot. After the Kaiju came to Earth through the Breach, celebrity fighters teamed up in gigantic Jaeger mech suits to take them on including brothers Yancy and Raleigh Becket. Together, the two manage to kill the first Kaiju in 2020, but it cost Yancy his life. Afterward, Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) quit the Jaeger program and humanity started losing the war. In 2025, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)joined Raleigh and together they managed to journey into the Breach and seal it once and for all. Oh, that whole sequel thing? Never heard of it.

The Dollhouse doesnt feel so safe in 2020.

Dollhouse was a show about a secretive group called the Rossum Corporation that had the ability to wipe peoples personalities and implant them with characteristics that served the wealthy. However, this technology took a darker turn in two episodes: Epitaph 1, which was a bonus episode on the season one DVD, and the series finale, Epitaph 2.

These episodes jumped forward to 2020, after the Rossum Corporation had succeeded in wiping the minds of everyone around the world turning them into mindless zombies that could be imprinted with whatever traits the select few in power wanted. Main character Echo (Eliza Dushku) and her friends managed to stop them and restore everyones minds, but were sure waking up to that post-apocalyptic nightmare sucked.

An apocalypse sucks until you have someone to share it with.

This series opens in 2020, about one year after a virus swept the world and seemingly killed everyone. Phil (Will Forte) thinks hes the only survivor and decides to die by suicide rather than live alone. However, he ends up coming across another survivor named Carol (Kristen Schaal). Together, they manage to bring together more people and build their own society, though its not always a happy bunch. Just imagine if The Walking Dead were combined with The Office. The colourful and complicated cast of characters end up turning the series into a sort of family sitcom only instead of putting someone in time out, you get banished like Phil.

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