It’s a funny thing about the future when it comes to movies, and that is that films that venture to show us what is coming next are the ones most likely to get left in the past. That’s especially so when it comes to showing future cars on film and TV. Most often it’s far to expensive to populate a future street with an era to come’s latest models, and that’s why a lot of movies typically use current – or worse a crap of old cars gussied up – as the next big thing. As a car nut that’s usually pretty cringe worthy.
Some films have the vision and budget to do their future cars right – Minority Report being particularly bold in showing not just crazy new modes of wall climbing personal transportation, but also a rousing fight scene set in a car, as it was being built. On the other end of the Hollywood future car spectrum was this steaming pile called In Time, which populated its future streets with nothing but old Lincolns and Mopar ponies- all painted matte black.
That’s a couple of flicks that either got it really cool or really dumb, but has there ever been a future-looking movie that has really just nailed it when it comes to future cars? Lots have shown as-yet unavailable automotive technologies – driverless cars, in-car TVs, etc, what movie has best predicted these advancements? Which one has gotten future cars and their gadgets the closest?