Updated: Thu, 16 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT | By Daniel Bettridge
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Starship Troopers (1997)

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What it predicted: Interactive TV.

Paul Verhoeven got a lot of things wrong, Showgirls being one of them. But as if to prove his predictive talents weren’t a completely fluke the director followed up his feats of foresight in Total Recall by predicting interactive TV in his campy anti-war satire Starship Troopers. The ‘Would you like to know more’ inserts were one of the postmodern highlights of the movie, something which handily predicted the direction our Internet enabled TV’s have followed today. It’s not the only thing the movie got right however. The outrageous propaganda the movie showcased has also started to look remarkably accurate in the wake of Right Wing reporting of America’s War on Terror.