Playing make-believe can be fun.
First the good news: the world still exists in 2055, meaning it hasn’t been destroyed by nuclear war or global warming.
The bad news: the video is set in a dystopian future in which voting rights have been eliminated and society is controlled by “the Regime.” (A dark foreboding future in which humans apparently also have the incredible technical ability to send video messages backward through time to the past… using machines that require twisting mechanical dials.)
In the video, Bloom and Perry appear to be members of some kind of rogue resistance who are being pursued by the police.
Bloom quickly explains the premise: “The America you know doesn’t exist in our future. Democracy is dead. We have no voice. The regime watches our every move.”
Katy Perry then continues the exposition: “It started when voter suppression ran wild all over America,” Perry explains. “The voting rights bill died in the senate. Polling places closed. We lost our right to vote.”
She then urges people to call their senator.
Who on earth would be swayed by this?
As an aside – the premise that humans can send a message back in time that is then broadcast onto all television and phone screens seems like a huge rip-off of the trailer of the upcoming Chris Pratt movie “The Tomorrow War” which is set to release on Amazon Prime on July 2nd.
Perry posted the video to her Instagram page on June 17, along with a message that reads “Urgent message from 2055: Voting is a right and currently the freedom to vote is under attack.”
The video has close to 200,000 likes (as of this writing), but that’s a pittance considering Perry has 125 million Instagram followers.
Now the really bad news: That effort has already failed in Congress (it didn’t get enough votes to advance to floor debate), which means that if the message really was from the future, then the dire video warning was for naught and society is doomed to be taken over by “the regime.” The video didn’t work.
If future technology does indeed allow humans to send video messages backward through time, how about calling early 2019 with a warning against experimenting on bat viruses? Unless that could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum and destroy the entire universe. In that case, Orlando Bloom could at least send a warning to not bother with any of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels.
The first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie was terrific. If you’re a fan, there’s an excellent 52-minute YouTube video essay that breaks down exactly why the first movie in the series (The Curse of the Black Pearl) was so good, and why the sequels failed to deliver in the same way. Short version: Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow character works better as a side character. Turning him into the focal point of later movies was a mistake. Sure, it might seem self-serving if a future Orlando Bloom calls from the future to say that his Will Turner character (along with Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann character) should remain the driving force in the sequels, but the subsequent movies would be better if he did.