Movies that were wrong about the future

These films inaccurately predicted the future

Escape from New York (1981)

Set in the then-futuristic year of 1997, Escape from New York features a crime-ridden America which has converted New York City’s Manhattan Island into a giant maximum-security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.

Obviously, in the real world, Manhattan was not transformed into a maximum-security prison in the year 1997. At present, the borough remains the urban core of the New York metropolitan area and the city’s economic and administrative center.

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