Science-fiction has always questioned what lies ahead. Believe it or not, the world has no shortage of future movies about 2017. Hell, there are some sci fi movies and shows that predicted the future, including one in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a reality TV star (admittedly in very different circumstances than Celebrity Apprentice). Yes, indeed, The Running Man was eerily prescient.
The science fiction films and TV shows on this list are all set in 2017, but were made long before the year came to pass. They present predictions ranging from totally insane to pretty spot-on, given how 2016 ended. Old sci fi movies set in the present don't always have great things to say about the direction of humanity, but they pack a fair amount of insight in their preposterous future worlds.
Will 2017 be a post-apocalyptic wasteland? A sex-crazed dystopia (one can only hope)? What do TV shows about 2017 and movies set in 2017 have to say about the state of the world? Leave a comment below about which movies and shows you think best hit the nail on the head.
Though it aired in 2015, the final season of Parks and Recreation jumped ahead to the future. So treat yo-self to an elbow bedazzling and welcome to 2017, in which everyone has holographic phones, deliveries are made via drone, and the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.
The show offers some more predictions for the year 2017:
- Elton John is the new owner of Chick-Fil-A.
- Kevin James stars in a Jason Bourne reboot, and according to Leslie “he nailed it.” (which almost sort of happened?)
- Jack Sparrow is set to marry Daenerys on Game of Thrones (which really should happen).
- LeBron James has made the decision to take his talents back to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat once again.
- Morgan Freeman and Shailene Woodley are feuding, as are Nicki Minaj and Jesse Eisenberg (almost).
- Verizon, Exxon, and Chipotle have merged and are one of America’s eight remaining companies.
Cherry 2000 is the story of a man's attempt to repair his malfunctioning sex droid. It comes bearing the tagline: “In The Year 2017, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find. A Cherry 2000 Is Even Harder.” Hell yeah.
In the world of Cherry 2000, after civil insurrections and economic collapse, most of America is unrecognizable. Las Vegas is in ruins. Manufacturing is in decline. And Melanie Griffith shoots a rocket launcher while suspended on a car over the Colorado River (that has yet to happen but hopefully soon?).
Cherry 2000 (released in 1987) depicts 2017 America as a hypersexualized dystopia, where sexbots (or gynoids) have become commonplace, and real sex is a black market commodity. Surely sexbots would be a welcome alternative to pervasive rape culture and lenient sentencing.
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Fortress, released in 1992, presents a dim view of 2017. America has a one child policy, and after a couple is found guilty of breaking it (on a technicality; their first child died), both are placed in the Fortress, an underground, high-tech prison. Highlander’s Christopher Lambert plays the lead role of John.
Fortress predicted the rise of privately owned prisons, a major industry from which politicians and corporations benefit. In August 2016, the Justice Department announced its intentions to end this, though whether or not that happens remains to be seen. It also predicted prisons will have laser walls and flamethrower-wielding cyborg prison guards. Which isn't actually a thing, unfortunately.
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A pop song by Billy Joel, set in a post-apocalyptic 2017 America. Miami 2017 tells the story of a man who goes to Miami after disaster befalls New York - and seemingly most of the rest of the world.
You may scoff at the man behind Uptown Girl writing such a dark piece, but remember, this is the singer-songwriter who created the existential masterpiece The Stranger, which may or may not have anything to do with the Camus novel of the same name. As Slant comments on Joel's album: "The Stranger might not carry the weight of Albert Camus’ famous novel of the same name, but its title track certainly finds the singer in an existential crisis, unable to completely expose his true self to his lover or himself." Maybe it's a good thing he doesn't expose himself.
In Joel’s version of 2017, New York is in ruins, with church burnings in Harlem and bridge-destruction concerts in Brooklyn. With the Bronx “blown away” and Manhattan sunken at sea, the narrator heads to Miami, singing:
You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
It remains unclear whether Joel's song is a long-con aimed to get people to invest in south Florida real estate, though those who have may soon wish they hadn't.