Way back in the 1970s and 80s, when I was growing up, the year 2000 seemed like an unfathomable amount of time away. Everything about it seemed futuristic just because the first digit of the year would be a '2' and not a '1.' It was so far away we used our wildest dreams to imagine what the world would be like. We certainly couldn't imagine what it would be like by 2016. However far away 2000 was, 2016 was twice as far. Depending on your line of thinking, by now we would either be in a post-apocalyptic wasteland or living like The Jetsons. Since I was an optimistic sort back then, I chose the latter. That means I was supposed to be piloting my flying car from home to work within my colony on the moon by now. Obviously, that hasn't happened. I should have a conveyor belt in my house that I can stand on as it maneuvers me through a shower, dries me off, and finally dresses me. Nope. Don't have that, either.
It wasn't just TV and movies that caused all these crazy expectations. Even in school we were inundated with fantastic tales on what the future would hold. For starters, we were always within ten years of The United States of America finally switching over to the metric system. Humph. If even this most basic prediction never came true, how was I to believe any of the other nonsense my teachers were spewing? They were especially hard to believe because they had the nerve to tell us just straight up bizarre stuff. One of the strangest things was that I would be able to instantly communicate with a person on the other side of the globe through a computer that I would have at my living room. Lol, where did they get this stuff?
In honor of THAT ONE prediction coming true, I'll play it straight for this week's Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. The topic is movies about the internet. See, there was a point to all this.
(1999)What if the internet took over the world? That's essentially the premise of The Matrix. A group of individuals who have managed the trick for themselves are trying to free the rest of the world from their collective slumber and make them realize that the reality they have come to know is merely a virtual one constructed by the very computers we created. The film mixes our fears of machines taking over, action, biblical references, and iconic imagery to create a sci-fi masterpiece.
(2005)With the rise of the internet came new dangers. More accurately, the dangers were old, the internet was just a new tool for predators. In this case, a young girl comes into contact with a one of these pervs online and does exactly what I warn my daughters to never do. She goes to meet this dude alone and even agrees to go back to his place with him. Here's the kicker, just as he isn't what he seemed to be online, neither is she. What happens when the predator becomes the prey?
State of Play
(2009)When the assistant of a Congressman with eyes on the presidency is brutally murdered it's a big news story. In this day and age that means not only competing with the plethora of TV news outlets, there are also a ton of outlets on the internet. Of course, there are lots of legitimate organizations involved, but there are also a ton of bloggers who fancy themselves journalists. One man refuses to be a part of that and clings to his role as a newspaper reporter. As such, he's trying to investigate the case the old-fashioned way, with real journalism, even as he's followed around by a pesky blogger. Is that even possible in this day and age?