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“Back to the Future” becomes the present

By Roddrick Tooles (Overton High School)

Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly traveled Back to the Future in a vintage DeLorean time machine car in the storied trilogy of movies. In the second film (Back to the Future II), McFly traveled forward in time to October 21, 2015 to save his future kids from trouble.

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Thirty years later,  fans of the movie celebrated the special date with “Back to the Future” parties, making memes and enjoying movie marathons to celebrate “Back to the Future Day.” Companies such as Pepsi and USA Today have even created special promotions in honor of the day.

Released in 1989, “Back to the Future II” made over a million dollars in the box office. Robert Zemeckis, who originally did not like movies about the future, directed all three films. In the Back to the Future trilogy Dr. Brown invents a time machine car allowing him and McFly to travel between centuries with trouble following them wherever they go.

The film forecast many things happening in 2015 that seemed impossible at that day and age. Some of these predictions made by the movie have been proven while others have not.

Although some of the predictions seemed a little out there some of them actually came true. We have video conferences, biometrics (such as using your fingerprint to unlock your iPhone), 3D holograms and 3D printing. Nike has even released a pair of self-lacing sneakers to Michael J. Fox, who played McFly in the series. More pairs of the self-lacing shoes will be released in 2016 with proceeds going to the  Michael J. Fox Foundation that researches Parkinson Disease, which the actor suffers from.

While “Back to the Future” did score some points they still had a few some faulty predictions. The films suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars, but when you go to the movies you don’t see Jaws 19 jumping out to get you. Maybe in a few more years we will have the technology to build these things.

There is one major prediction that has not been proven or disproven yet. According  to the film, The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series this year. If the Cubs are able to pull off a win then ‘Great Scott’ “Back to the Future” has gotten it correct again.


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This entry was posted on November 5, 2015 by in Features, Opinion.


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