Well, okay, it’s not as glorious as the sci-fi movies would have us believe. Given that it’s 2019, now is the perfect time to reflect on what sci-fi movies of the past thought this year was going to look like and how badly they got it wrong. According to Hampton Fancher and David Peoples’ screenplay to Ridley Scott’s cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner, 2019 Los Angeles was going to be stiflingly overpopulated, advertising would rule the landscape, and life in the City of Angels would become a hellish, wet, film noir nightmare. Paul Michael Glaser’s The Running Man, adapted from a 1982 Richard Bachman novel, perhaps predicted the rise of Reality TV. In the 2019 of The Running Man, an evil mega-corporation broadcasts the world’s bloodiest game show wherein contestants are hunted and killed by colorful WWE wrestler types. For the latter group, Daniels is a British kickboxing champion who has starred in numerous super-low budget B movies in his career, providing his own stunts and fight choreography, and kicking more ass than five Van Dammes. Cyborg technology never took off the way movies predicted – we’ll have to be content with miraculous prostheses the way they are – but if we rally, we could likely have a cyborg fighting league by the end of the year. Of course, the Johansson and McGregor characters are revealed to be clones of famous movie stars, kept in sci-fi compounds as organ mules.

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