Quick, what's the date when "Back to the Future" actually went to the future in the 1985 film? Hello ... hello, anybody home? Think, McFly. Despite numerous Photoshopped web images showing other dates, it was Oct. 21, 2015! Which means we have exactly one year to get the DeLorean up and running.
"Where are we? When are we?" Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly asked Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) when the stainless-steel-car-turned-time-machine touched down. "2015? You mean we're in the future?!"
Thirty years ago when the movie came out, the year 2015 surely sounded a lot more futuristic then it does on this particular Tuesday in 2014. Look at just a few of the things that are essentially behind us, not looming as far-off mysteries:
- The DeLorean: The DMC-12 was a real car, built in the early '80s. Anything with gull-wing doors and stainless-steel panels was going to look futuristic back then. Sure, the flux capacitor, which actually helps make time travel possible, is a little harder to come by right now, but the premise that its nuclear fuel source is stolen from terrorists isn't so far-fetched these days.
- The Hoverboard: The arrival of the floating skateboard in the second "Future" film was enough to excite the minds of young skaters in the late '80s. The fact that such a device is almost a reality right now is pretty startling. OK, Marty won't be skating down Hill Valley's Main Street anytime soon, but this thing is totally rad. And, only $10,000! That'll seem so cheap 30 years from now.
- The clothes: The idea of how we'll dress in the future is almost always a laughable proposition in movies. Especially when we arrive there and realize everyone still wears Nikes. Shiny coats and weird hats? The future should know we've been living with Lady Gaga for years now.
Other movies have made similar leaps into a not-distant-enough future, and often the prospects of a post-apocalyptic landscape are a lot more grim than the silliness of "Back to the Future's" 2015. It's only supposed to be 2019 in the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner." And in "The Terminator," the cyborg Arnold Schwarzenegger came from 2029 to wreak havoc in 1984.
Well catch up to you next year, McFly. McFly? Hello?
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