Mobility at the Movies: 3 Films Changed by Modern Technology
No film is perfect, and even some of our favourite movies are rife with plot-holes and inconsistencies; but part of the fun of the cinematic experience is often to just sit back and embrace the escapism, the action and the excitement.
However, in a world being overtaken by mobile technology, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fully enjoy some of the classics, without observing that the story would be over in minutes if the characters just had access to some of the mobile technology we're so familiar with today.
Here, we examine three famous films which could be solved (and somewhat ruined) by the simple introduction of common mobile apps and other everyday technologies.
Home Alone/Home Alone 2 (HassleMe, Calendars 5, Due, Checkmark)
Home Alone is undoubtedly one of the most popular family-fun features around, and is now an absolute must-watch at Christmas. Based on the comically irresponsible and negligent act of parents forgetting one of many children in a large family going on holiday over Christmas, Home Alone pits deserted youngster Kevin McCallister against two clumsy intruders, in an attempt to defend his house from burglary.
Forgetting a child once, with some suspension of belief, is passable in a Hollywood movie. Doing it twice, however, is inexcusable. Consequently, in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the McCallister family surely wouldn't allow Kevin to board the wrong flight all alone. In the modern world, Kevin's parents would employ as many reminder apps as they could fit on their smartphones to ensure they didn't let Kevin leave their sight until he was sat down next to them on the plane.
On a side note, in the first movie the McCallisters would likely have realised they were missing someone much earlier, if one of the older children had checked-in at the airport on Facebook or Foursquare and went to tag Kevin, highlighting the fact that he wasnã??t there.
The Sixth Sense (Instagram, Camera+, all phones & devices with cameras)
The Sixth Sense is an eerie thriller in which a young boy named Cole is able to see troubled spirits and communicate with them to an extent, which, naturally, he finds rather disturbing. Enter an emotionally damaged child psychologist, played by Bruce Willis, who helps Cole come to terms with his problems and discover the true purpose of his unique supernatural ability.
Nowadays, kids around Cole's age are fully equipped with the latest phones and devices, as well as being regularly active on a huge amount of social media channels; the most common use for these being to share pictures of themselves with their friends and family. Cole and his therapist become extremely close as their relationship develops, which makes it hard to believe that if the film were taking place in the present day, he wouldn't want to get a photo with his new found mentor.
With the pair eventuall parting ways, they would certainly want to get a picture together, to commemorate what was an extremely important part of both their lives. At this point, the dramatic reveal of one of the most famous twists in movie history would be ruined, as Bruce Willis' ghost-all-along character would be strangely absent from any photos taken of him to be put on Cole's Instagram.
Reservoir Dogs (PayPal, Divvy Up, Venmo, Dash)
Although this example isn't technically an entire film, it is one of the most iconic and well-written debut scenes ever committed to film by a director; the opening of Reservoir Dogs is widely considered a pop-culture masterpiece.
A group of professional thieves sit in a diner over breakfast, discussing music, and arguing over who owes what for the bill. The witty exchange reaches boiling point when quirky bank robber 'Mr Pink' refuses to contribute to the tip for the waitress, because he doesn't believe in tipping. This causes the short-tempered leader of the group to lose his cool and make an example of him.
This brilliant scene wouldn't be the same nowadays, however, because of clever apps such as DivvyUp and Venmo. Mr Pink's objection would be resolved in seconds, as one person would pay with their debit card, the bill could be equally divided among the group right away, and the correct amount transferred electronically using each of their smartphones.