9 Prophetic Movies: when life imitates art
1Final Destination (2000): woman missed Air France flight 447, only to die in a car crash 2 weeks later
Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from Bolzano-Bozen province, had been on holiday in Brazil with her husband Kurt and missed Air France Flight 447 after turning up late at Rio de Janeiro airport on May 31. All 228 people aboard lost their lives after the plane crashed into the Atlantic four hours into its flight to Paris. After losing the flight, the couple had managed to pick up a flight from Rio the following day.
Two weeks later, Ms Ganthaler died when their car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria, and swerved into an oncoming truck. Her husband was seriously injured.
According to a Brazilian TV show, the woman and her husband hadn't bought a ticket from Air France. Both travel at Iberia. The surviving husband testified the story was just a lie. Thanks, Dani .
2Unbreakable (2000): boy survived being hit by a car unscathed
3Destination Moon (1950): man gets to the Moon
At its best, Destination Moon is an astonishingly sober primer on the physics, and potential complications, of space travel. When the crew takes off, an extended sequence (they're all extended, really) shows the effects of acceleration on their grimacing faces. When it's time for a spacewalk, the astronauts put on their suits and wait, and wait, as the air cycles out of the crew compartment. It's all very scientific and responsible. For what it's worth, the moon also looks remarkably like it should. And when the rocket first leaves Earth, the crew counts down from 30. There is such a thing as too much realism.
4Demolition Man (1993): Schwarzenegger for President
Not only is Arnie's dream of being a US President a possibility --he's already governor and the Constitution could be amended--, but the futuristic New World Order which mirrors that depicted in the 1993 movie is possible as well.
5Love Story (1970): Ryan O'Neal at the bedside of his dying wife
6Americathon (1979): China rises, USSR collapses, and US faces financial crisis
7Weekend at Bernie's (1989): two pensioners took their dead friend to cash social security check
The two men were later found not-guilty because the prosecution couldn't prove exactly when Virgilio had died.
8The China Syndrome (1979): US Nuclear Power Station had a radioactive leak
The movie, released in 1979, was criticized by the nuclear power industry as an irresponsible act of fear-mongering. As if to prove that they were the authorities on irresponsible acts that incite fear, just 12 days after the film's release, in a poorly built nuclear power station in Pennsylvania, a reactor began to overheat and got the nuclear technicians on panic.
Sure enough, within a few hours high radiation levels were being found and an evacuation of the nearby area was quickly ordered. Very little radiation had in fact leaked out and nobody was at risk of turning into mutants. But America has never let an absence of any real threat ruin a good panic, and the nation spent most of 1979 freaking the hell out about the dangers of nuclear power. The effects were devastating for the mental health of the local community, but it was all aces for Hollywood. "The China Syndrome", capitalized on the similarities between the two events and swept up at the box office.
9Office Space (1999): Californian indicted in $50,000 scam of E-Trade
In 2007, Michael Largent, a 22-year-old employee, decided this sounded like a pretty neat idea. Largent used an automated script to open up 58,000 accounts with online brokerage firms. Once the account was opened, the firm would send micro deposits of a few cents to verify that it had opened properly. Soon enough, Largent gained $50,000 and the attention of the FBI as well.
Apparently, Largent had seen too much TV and opened his accounts under the names of cartoon characters. He was eventually caught when the Patriot Act required the brokerage firms to take a closer look at the identity of their customers, and they presumably noticed 11,000 of them were named Speed Apex.
Largent later stated that "he needed the money to pay off debts."
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