Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology

March 14, 2024
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While movies are the ultimate form of escapism, they can also tell us some haunting truths about the way that technology can evolve – and the great and terrible things that come with it. Here are five of the best films that deal with technological advancements, both real and fictional.

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Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology / Shutterstock

The Matrix

“The Matrix” is an incredible movie that asks the question – is the world we live in actually real? With AI becoming more and more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, this is one movie that just shows how destructive humans can be to themselves, and how the machines can eventually turn on them and imprison them in a simulated reality. Pretty terrifying stuff when you think about it.

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Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology / Alamy Stock Photo

Blade Runner

“Blade Runner” shows a gritty, post-apocalyptic world in which bioengineered beings, known as “replicants,” show how much the lines between humans and machines have been blurred. Existentialism and ethics surrounding evolving technology are just some of the themes that appear throughout this noir-inspired sci-fi classic.

Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology | MovieStillsDB
Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology / MovieStillsDB

Iron Man

Yes, even comic book movies can give us an eery idea of what the future holds. Tony Stark is the billionaire genius who creates his own high-tech suit, which is what grants him his superhero powers. The movie shows us the duality of technology – whether it is ultimately a tool for good or if it’s beyond our control and does more damage in the end.

Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology | MovieStillsDB
Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology / MovieStillsDB

Oppenheimer

“Oppenheimer” is a bit of a standout on this list as it deals with events that have actually happened (and more importantly, already happened). J. Robert Oppenheimer was a genius physicist who invented the very first atomic bomb and changed the way the world works in the process. As a result, we have seen the horrors that this kind of weaponry can create and the threat of nuclear war has been a heavily debated topic ever since.

Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology | MovieStillsDB
Five Films That Explored the Future of Technology / MovieStillsDB

Tron: Legacy

“Tron: Legacy” is a worthy sequel, bringing its viewers into an incredible digital world, and showing how dangerous virtual reality can actually be. Jeff Bridges still kills it in his role, but the blurred lines between the virtual world and the real world are really what hook the viewer more than anything.

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