Netflix recently released 'Enemy of the State', starring Will Smith, bringing the notion of 'Big Brother' and His Band of Satellites to Fore
With Netflix recent acquisition of Enemy of the State, it provided an opportunity to look back on the way advanced technology was presented in a movie released almost twenty years ago, on November 20th, 1998. The Hollywood plot, forecasts a corrupt politician looking to acquire greater surveillance technology and funding for said technology, whom has a key oppositional politician killed, but is caught on tape by a camera designed for watching bird migration by Jason Lee, whom gives it to Will Smith, who inherently becomes the "enemy of the state".
Perhaps what's most interesting in re-watching this classic, is both the believability of the plot line: dirty inside work to pass surveillance leniency (this mind you preceded George Bush, 9/11 and the passing of Patriot Acts I&II), but also the uncanny and clear satellite CGI made back then, which is almost as good as the stuff you see streaming today from ISS. The only difference is, in the photo from the ISS, the horizon appears to have been photoshopped to add curvature.
Something they didn't both to do back in 1998.
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