WHAT IF?: Movies are Just...

15 Sept 2023

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Movies have long been hailed as a source of entertainment, offering captivating stories and powerful visuals that transport us to different worlds. But what if there is more to movies than meets the eye?

What if these cinematic creations are meant for entertainment and serve to prepare humans for what lies ahead in the future? What if movies act as a form of mental conditioning? Subtly shapes our perceptions and reactions to potential scenarios that may unfold.


What is a movie? It can be defined as a form of entertainment that features a sequence of moving images and accompanying sounds used to tell stories or communicate messages. It serves as a medium through which people can escape reality and engage with narratives crafted by filmmakers.

History Of Cinema

Films or Movies are available in various genres, like action, comedy, drama, horror, romance, and science fiction. They are commonly screened in theaters but can also be enjoyed at home through mediums like streaming platforms or television broadcasts.

Predictive Programming?

Have you ever noticed how some movies seem to predict future events or technologies? It is believed by some that film acts as a form of predictive programming, subtly introducing concepts and ideas that might become reality in the future.

From futuristic technologies to sociopolitical scenarios, this section will explore the theory that movies are not just entertainment but a means of preparing us for what lies ahead.

Future Possibilities

Movies can transport us to different times and places, including potential futures. Science fiction films like "Blade Runner" and "The Matrix" present dystopian worlds that warn us about the dangers of unchecked technological advancements and the loss of human connection.

What is The Matrix? (1999) - The Matrix

By showcasing these possibilities, movies can serve as a wake-up call, urging us to take action in the present to avoid such grim futures.

"Blade Runner," directed by Ridley Scott, is a seminal work of science fiction cinema that pushed the boundaries of the genre.

Its futuristic vision of 2019 Los Angeles, filled with enormous skyscrapers, flying cars, and genetically engineered humanoid robots known as 'replicants,' resonated deeply with the audience.

Blade Runner (1982) Official Trailer - Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford Movie

While it may seem dystopian, some elements of "Blade Runner" might have foreseen future technological advancements. The replicants, for instance, can be seen as an early prediction of today's developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics.

These creations raise philosophical and ethical questions about the nature of consciousness and humanity, similar to AI debates today. Despite being made in 1982, "Blade Runner" remains a fascinating exploration of the future that continues to prompt discussions.

AI and Robotics

The field of AI and Robotics is a reality that was once only imagined in sci-fi movies. Such robots use sophisticated algorithms to process information, enabling them to adapt to new situations. Science fiction often gives thrilling glimpses into potential futures shaped by technology and human ingenuity.

For instance, The Terminator movies offer a thrilling yet somber prediction of the future of robotics and AI. They envision a world where AI entities become self-aware and overpower their human creators, leading to an apocalyptic conflict.

The Terminator (1984) Official Trailer - Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie

Terminator’s dystopian scenario is more a work of fiction than a likely future outcome. Nonetheless, it serves as a potent reminder of the need for vigilance, regulation, and ethical considerations in the advancements of robotics and AI.

Viruses and Pandemics

Movies about pandemics and viruses have often been thought of in their ability to predict future scenarios and remind us of the fragility of our global health.

By exploring the devastating consequences of pandemics, these movies shed light on the importance of preparedness, swift action, and global cooperation.

How Contagion Predicted COVID

They get into such events' social, economic, and psychological impacts on society, encouraging viewers to reflect on the potential outcomes and strive for effective preventive measures.

These movies serve as a cautionary tale, urging us to be vigilant and proactive in safeguarding our collective well-being.

Global Warming

The Day After Tomorrow," a 2004 science fiction film, revolved around the concept of a sudden and catastrophic climate shift leading to a new ice age. The film dramatizes the effects of global warming in a Hollywood spectacle style.

The Day After Tomorrow - Official® Trailer [HD]

Scientists agree that climate change is a genuine concern. The impact includes rising global temperatures, melting ice caps, increased frequency and intensity of heat waves, storms, flooding, and shifts in plant and animal habitats. These changes are happening over decades and centuries, not days.

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We need to remember that this is a work of fiction, and the events depicted in the film are highly exaggerated for effect. Nonetheless, the issue of global warming is real and pressing, and scientists predict several potential outcomes of current trends.

Movies: Predict the Future?

Movies have often been a medium for fiction. Or Reality? Presenting scenarios that, while fantastic at their release, later materialized in reality. For instance, "2001: A Space Odyssey" was released in 1968, predicting video calling and tablet computers.

10 Times Movies Predicted The Future

"Minority Report" (2002) showcased gesture-based computing and personalized advertising, now prevalent technologies. Similarly, "Back to the Future Part II" (1989) introduced concepts like video glasses and hoverboards.

7 Things From Back to the Future II That Happened | SYFY WIRE

Even "The Net" (1995) foretold the cybercrime and identity theft era. These films serve as a testament to the predictive power of cinema, often blurring the line between fiction and reality.

Final Thought

Next time you find yourself immersed in a movie, remember that it may be more than just a source of entertainment. Movies can shape our perceptions, expand our minds, and prepare us for what lies ahead.

Through storytelling, visualization, challenging beliefs, lessons from dystopian tales, emphasizing human connection, building emotional resilience, decision-making scenarios, fostering empathy, and providing inspiration.


Author Note:

I am back with my "What if?" post series, which I publish exclusively on the @BULB Official platform.

This series will explore the intriguing questions and possibilities in our world. I aim to spark conversations and inspire readers with thoughtful topics.

WHAT IF? is a series of articles exploring the realm of possibility – theories, ideas, and questions without definitive answers.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my series! 💡 😎 

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Great article, I had the same thoughts a little similar!
Movie probability is what defines the future
Very useful and interesting article, thank you
When Covid 19 came, Contagion movie played in my head over and over again
I thought it's a review of the Marvel "What If?" animation
This is a fascinating thought experiment! If movies are just simulations, then what does that mean for our own reality? Do we have any more control over our own lives than the characters in a movie?
The predictive programming movies offers is like a prototype of tech that is in the build