Based on Alvin Toffler's 1970 book of the same name, "Future Shock" is a short documentary addressing rapid changes in technology and society's struggle to adjust to them.
Orson Welles narrates this
oddity that plays more like a mondo film than any documentary I've seen.
It focuses on society adapting to change (both technological advances
and changing views) instead of odd practices and pockets of people
civilization forgot. True to mondo form, the heavier segments are
juxtaposed with light-hearted scenes. All of it was fairly silly,
though. There are a lot of "what if" segments suggesting certain things
might be common place in the future, some more ridiculous than others.
While same sex marriage, computer generated art and prosthesis are
we haven't yet reached the age of androids checking us in at the
airport or people altering their DNA to change their skin color. There
are some great scenes of robotic men walking around with dramatic synth
music underlining how creepy this is supposed to be.
because of it's 42 minute running time. Any longer than that and it
would start to deteriorate for me, I imagine. The dated effects,
excellent narration and score and overall paranoia made for an
interesting viewing. This probably isn't something I'd want to watch
again, but it was decent enough the first time through.