Photos | Cities of the future: As seen on screen

Movies and TV shows set in the future have imagined a variety of backdrops against which to set romances, mysteries,

Published on Apr 01, 2022 03:03 PM IST 11 Photos

For Minority Report (2002), director Steven Spielberg worked with a team of futurists to make scientific, believable predictions of what an American city of the coming decades might hold. Privacy is a commodity, transport is self-driving, the cars drive up building walls, there are robot trackers, and everything is secured by biometric signature. We’re already halfway there.  (Courtesy Dreamworks Pictures)

Many believe the 2015 film Tomorrowland was ahead of its time. But the city of huge robots and steel buildings and a sinister sense of always being watched, is familiar. Could innovators from the past and the present work together so mankind can have a future? And could that future be a comfortable one for all kinds of people? (Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures)

The city of Back To The Future II (1989) is the one most ordinary folks want – a world that looks like it has been stuck in the 1980s but comes with all kinds of useful gizmos. There are floating hoverboards, self-lacing shoes, cool fast cars, digital window views, and endless sequels to Jaws. Great Scott!(Courtesy Universal Pictures)


The Fifth Element released in 1997 but it’s still a good way to dream about what our lives might look like in the decades to come. Of course, there are flying taxis, self-making beds, shuttles to resort islands in outer space and a multi-pass to access it all. And finally, we’ll have found aliens and found ways to live with them too.(Courtesy Columbia Pictures)

The ideal, running-like-clockwork city of Bregna in Aeon Flux (2005) surely must he hiding something. Pregnant women keep disappearing. And it is up to a warrior to find out what’s keeping mankind going. Spoiler alert: It has something to do with recycling human DNA.(Dreamworks Pictures)