Who would have thought that thirty years ago, a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger would have nailed the political and social climate of 2017.

A reality television host who gives orders to a police state. A United States that is less than united. A country that is suffering in the throes of an economic collapse, with citizens too distracted with entertainment to care. A perversion for violence, narcissism, and worship of the wealthy.

The first episode of VICE’s Future Shock takes a deep-dive into how, once maligned, 80s sci-fi may be one of the best predictors of society to come. The Running Man the novel from which the film is based was written by known genius Stephen King so maybe we should just ask him what’s going to happen.

1987 — The Running Man — Trailer


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