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The Odd Future Los Angeles in "The Island"
We were one of the few people (although the small screening we were in was packed) who saw The Island this weekend and...it wasn't terrible. It is a sci-fi story probably more suited to the style of Minority Report than Con Air but you take what you can get. What can we say? We were in to it.
More interesting though is the vision of Downtown Los Angeles portrayed in the film. Set in 2050, cars haven't advanced much and we're still dressing pretty much like we do now but Downtown (and presumably all of LA) has a downtown MTA system above ground on cables. Metro trains scream through the sky in tiers in a bustling version of our business and government district. We're not sure of the how and why of this high-rise metro system but, on screen, it at least looked possible.
Much more fantasy than sci-fi were the MSN Search "Information Centers" that had replaced phone booths and yellow pages in the city. Hasn't Microsoft already lost the search engine wars? The idea is simply ridiculous.