IELTS Cue Card Sample 123 - Describe a movie or a book about the future

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a movie or a book about the future.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when you watched or read it
  • how it is related to future

and explain how it has depicted the future.


Model Answer 1:
This is such an interesting topic because I like to learn about what the future exactly holds for us and our world. While, many great movies have been made, and many books have also been written on this interesting subject, one particular book deserves to be specially mentioned here because of its interesting take on the future.

The name of this book is called “In 100 Years: Leading Economists Predict the Future” which was compiled and edited by an Economist, from the London School of Economics called Mr Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, in the year of 2014.  

This isn’t exactly like any other regular book, with chronology of thoughts or chain events, in a sense that it only contains the views and opinions of 10 prominent economists of the world, which included Nobel laureates and several other likely laureates, in order to offer their ideas about the world of the twenty-second century.

Anyway, regular or not, this makes very interesting and stimulating reading because some common predictions –  as in the common ideas and thoughts of all the 10 economists – emerge in this book. Some of these predictions include, but not limited to, continual improvement in technology, diminishing poverty and population growth, and catching up with most of the relatively poor countries the rich world while the server risks of climate change and the spreading of unforeseen epidemics. But, please understand that these are just some predictions, and they may not carry any resemblance with the realities.

Interesting enough though, after reading in 2017, I thought that it painted a rather rosy picture of our future world, with, of course, some predictions of bad news here and there in the book, but the main theme of the book has tried to show that the change in the “status quo” is almost inevitable as the transformation of wages and works, along with ever-increasing inequality, would probably make things lot worse before getting better, if it ever actually become better. Still, I think it is an interesting read because economists, in general, probably are more equipped to predict the future a bit better than some science fiction writers.


Model Answer 2: 
Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a science fiction movie which was made about the future. This science-fiction drama movie was directed and produced by the famous movie maker Steven Spielberg and was released in the year 2001. This movie was adapted from a short story and was a hit in the American Box office. 

I watched it at the end of 2001 for the first time and later in 2012, I watched it again with my family members. The movie plot was set to a future time when the number of population was drastically reduced due to global warming and other natural disasters. As the name of the movie implies, artificial intelligence has flourished at that time and people produced robots that exactly resembled human. Not only they look like the human, but they also act, think and feel like a human. The movie set the plot at a time that is yet to come. The human-like robots, their feelings, love, hatred etc are still in its preliminary stage but the movie depicts the time when all of those have been achieved. 

The storyline went on to further future, two thousand years later when the humans are extinct and Manhattan city got buried under several hundred feet of glacial ice. Then the superintelligence has evolved who could create a clone of human from the DNA. 

The movie depicted the future where global warming and other natural disasters will cause a dramatic decrease in the number of the human population. At a later stage, the movie shows that humans are extinct and only highly intelligent powers exist. The intelligence gets so powerful that they can create the human from their DNA. They become interested in human and want to know about human to find the true meaning of existence.

Sample Answer 3:
I remember many books and movies that I enjoyed and were based on future events and plots. I would like to talk about one such book that was written by James Maroon. The name of the book was ‘The lonely planet’. In my opinion, it was one of the best books I have ever read about the distant future. I love reading science fictions and this book was a very high-quality science fiction that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I read it 4-5 years ago when I was a freshman at the university. It was probably 2010 when I bought this book and it took me around 2 days to finish it. This book was a sure page-turner and I could not concentrate anything else while reading this book!

The story of the book begins in 2090 when technology and outer-world research is unbelievably advanced. The story of this book shows the event of the first encounter of humans with the aliens. In this story when the human first meets aliens, many of their unknown mysteries and questions about the universe, time and space get answered. On the other hand, the alien civilisation gets many of their questions answered from human life and spirit.

In the book, the future is depicted when the human becomes more technologically advanced and enriched with the necessary commodity. The society classification is a new concept in this book and the way it presented seems pretty convincing and realistic. It shows the reflection of Plato’s theory of society and unlike other science fictions, it shows that the robots and other machines are working hard to help humans and not fighting the human. The story shows that the human at that time will become more liberal, peaceful, hard-working, and benevolent. They don’t need to worry about the basic needs as they are making sure by the robots. The constructions, agriculture, farming, transportation, productions etc. laborious jobs are done by the robots. The human does mostly the research works and tries to find an alternative for starting a new colony for human as the world is moving faster to the destruction.

I really enjoyed reading this book and in my opinion, the future representation in this book is quite natural and realistic.

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