Back to the Future II Predicted These 7 Amazing Things About The Year 2015

Published on 06/01/2015

Director Robert Zemeckis and Universal pictures were amazingly accurate in their predictions of the future, especially considering email wasn’t even in use when the movie was released in 1989. The plot line in every movie was almost a carbon copy of the last one, but that didn’t stop the fans flooding to cinemas. The Back to the Future movie trilogies grossed $965,531,382 at the box office for Universal pictures. Michael J. Fox (24 when the first film came out) stars as Marty McFly, a typical American teenager that travels to the future, October 21, 2015. Marty’s job is to pose as his own son to prevent him from being thrown in prison.

7 2015 Predictions that Back to the Future II Got Right

The Hoverboard



One of the most memorable scenes in Back to The Future II is when Marty McFly uses a hoverboard for the first time. Hoverboards are hardly mainstream products these days, but Hendo Hover have actually developed a working prototype and they have paired with legendary skater Tony Hawk to promote it. It works by creating an opposing magnetic field in the (metal) surface below, allowing it to actually levitate off the ground.

Self-Lacing Shoes

Self-Lacing Shoes

Self-Lacing Shoes

This was a marketing dream for Nike at the time. Their 2015 spin on the shoes from the future was a self-lacing shoe worn by Michael J. Fox. Nike has reproduced the shoes since then, but not with the self-lacing feature. A Canadian company has done it though – and they launched it through Kickstarter. Powerlace have paved the way with their advanced auto-lacing show technology. It might not be mainstream now, but watch this space.

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Video Calls + Flat Screen TV

Video Calls

Considering this movie was made in the 1989, the prediction of video conferencing was very impressive. In the movie, McFly Junior is speaking with his boss on a teleconference call, also on a flat screen TV from his living room. This is a very accurate representation of how we are today with Skype, Facetime, and Google Hangouts…it’s an amazing pick from the Directors, especially considering brick mobile phones were in fashion in 1989.

TV / Phone Glasses

In the movie one of the characters answers a telephone call at the dinner table on her glasses, she is also watching TV on this device at the same time. This is not a combination we can find on the market today, nor would we want it, but the producers did get one half of the equation right. Google Glasses are a very close match to this product and the directors were spot on with their depiction of the dinner table scene where everyone is distracted with different pieces of technology.


Director Robert Zemeckis and Steve Jobs were probably the only guys who had dreamt of the tablet in 1989. In another one of Back to The Future II’s most accurate predictions, there is a scene where Marty is asked by an old guy to sign a petition (on a tablet) to save the clock tower. The tablet he is holding thicker than today’s products, but is an impressive forecast into the future.

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Wireless Video Games


When Marty stops into a diner, he sees some kids playing an old school video game so he decides to show them how it’s done. The kids don’t care, and then one of little brats says that games where you have to use your hands are stupid. The best games today still require us to use our hands (Xbox, PS2, Wii), but Xbox Kinetic looks set to change things up. You can control your TV and Xbox with your voice and gestures, and you play games using your body.

3D Movies & Sequels


Ever since Avatar came out we’ve been bombarded with 3D everything. Movie makers are trying to sell more tickets and TV manufacturers have invested millions into 3D televisions. Back to The Future II amusingly picked our obsession with 3D and movie sequels in a scene where Jaws 19 is showing at the cinema in 3D. Thankfully Jaws never made it to 19, but movies like Harry Potter, X-Men, and the Scream movies are living examples of our modern day movie sequel obsession.
We’re not looking to pick faults here, but there were a bunch of things the movie was less accurate in predicting too. Here’s a look at where Back to The Future II came close, but no cigar.

2015 Predictions that Back to the Future II Got Wrong

Flying Cars

Flying Cars

Flying Cars

All futuristic movies depict us travelling around in flying cars, the Jetsons first planted the seed in our imagination, and ever since it’s been the benchmark of what the future would look like.

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Sadly, we haven’t quite made it, but we might be closer than you think. The guys over at Terrafugia and Aeromobil have made some very impressive leaps towards making this dream a reality. They aren’t the hovering, street take off type you see in the movies, they’re more like a car meets plane product, but I’m sure you’d agree they are very impressive feats of engineering. It seems like we are inching closer towards the futuristic flying car dream after all.

Fax Machines in 2015

They weren’t wrong in this predication. Fax machines are still found in most offices, I don’t know what they are used for, but they are usually there. In a scene from the movie a fax message is sent with the words ‘you’re fired’ written. It wasn’t entirely inaccurate, but the directors missed a beat with this prediction, especially given their other impressive communications picks with video calls and telephone glasses.

Dehydrated Food

It seemed so futuristic at the time, rehydrating an unrecognizable food product and producing a hot piece of pizza in seconds, but they got this one wrong. We’re such an organic, quinoa, soy latte consuming culture these days that we’ve actually gone in the other direction with our eating habits. That’s not to say that NASA haven’t been using this technology, but rehydrating food for astronauts is not a new concept and the movie missed the mark with this prediction.