Let’s be honest; sci-fi movies make the world go ‘round. They might not technically deal with all of that physics malarkey, but they do allow us to check out what’s going up in space, travel backwards and forwards in time, and even meet up with alien life – and that’s pretty darn cool. Thanks, guys. As if these movies weren’t cool enough as it is, they then have to add awesome gadgets into the mix, and it’s almost too much to handle. Luckily, we have been able to compose ourselves for long enough to compile this epic list of inventions from sci-fi movies we totally wish were real…
The DeLorean – Back to the Future (1985)
Okay, so you can *technically* buy a DeLorean if you can get your hands on one, but it definitely won’t be the DeLorean that Back to the Future introduced us to. That one was epic. Thanks to the work of Doc Brown, this sports car does something pretty darn special when it hits 88mph. Nope, it doesn’t JUST take you back in time – this car takes you back in time so you can be utterly freaked out by the fact that your mom is hitting on you. Okay, so perhaps that’s not the greatest selling point, but being able to travel backwards and forwards in time would be super cool. Better get to work, scientists.
A Lightsaber – Star Wars (1977 – Present)
If you’re a fan of our work (you totally should be, we’re awesome), you’ll know that we have a soft spot for Star Wars. I mean, who doesn’t? While we, of course, wish that we could enter Jedi training and come out the other side with an impressive knowledge of the universe and a galaxy far, far away under our belts; we’d also be if they just gave us a Lightsaber and told us to go away. We’ll really take anything that we can get. We’d use this fictional energy sword to deflect blaster bolts and basically just swing around the place. If this does ever become a reality, we’d advise that you don’t stand anywhere near us…
A Neuralizer – Men In Black (1997)
Here they come. Yes, you can sing the song if you want to. We’re not gonna stop you if you feel like it. When Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones became the Men in Black in 1997, we obviously wanted a swish new suit and some cool shades, but we also wanted a Neuralizer. As a standard-issue tool for these government agents, this Neuralizer has the ability to erase the memories of those in its path. While we wouldn’t use this tool for evil wrongdoings, it would definitely come in handy sometimes. Remember that time you accidentally-on-purpose called your ex at midnight? The Neuralizer would work wonders. What about that time you fell flat on your face, and the strangers on the bus laughed at you? Neutralizer at the ready!
Electromagnetic Climbing Gloves – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny the fact that Tom Cruise has played with some pretty awesome gadgets during his time. Sure, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a movie we didn’t really need in our lives (feel free to discuss and change our minds), but we do appreciate a good sci-fi invention when we see one. Because of this, we have to give credit where credit is due to the Electromagnetic Climbing Gloves. I mean, how cool would it be to literally scale a building, wander around on your roof, or just chill out on the side of a cliff? Just think of the fun you could have with all of that climbing, man.
The Hoverboard – Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Yes, we have already talked about Back to the Future – but we can’t help the fact that it’s one of the coolest sci-fi movies in existence, can we?! This particular invention made its way into our lives in the BTTF sequel, and boy do we want a hoverboard. We know what you’re thinking; you can kinda get hoverboards in the year we call 2K18. But are they authentic hoverboards that don’t require wheels? Do they move at the slightest touch? We think not. These little gadgets would prove to be a great asset to our morning commute. Failing that, we’d just use them to fly from our desks to the break room to stuff our faces with donuts.
The Point of View Gun – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
If you haven’t seen The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, we suggest that you take the day off and watch it, because it’s pretty darn incredible. Not only does it have an impressive cast (Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman and more, anyone?), but this movie also features some INCREDIBLE gadgets. We would love to dedicate a whole post to these inventions (actually, we might do that later on), but for now, we will stick to the Point of View Gun. This nonviolent gun literally allows those in front of you to see the current situation from your point of view. This would save so many arguments, and we need one right now.
We love a sci-fi movie as much as the next guy, but it’s fair to say that there’s an even larger space in our hearts for these incredible inventions. When are these gadgets going to come into our lives?! Because we’re getting pretty darn impatient over here…