GPS tracking has proven itself to be useful for everyday life. From allowing big corporations to monitor their fleet to families keeping track of their loved ones in real time. It is no surprise that characters in Hollywood filmmakers have incorporated the importance of GPS technology into their story line as well. Whether it be science fiction or even an epic fantasy, GPS tracking has played a part in helping characters survive their dramatic ordeals.
Below is a list of films wherein GPS technology takes center stage:
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1. Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Bourne series has been well received by audiences because of its compelling story line and heart stopping action scenes. The protagonist, Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, is an amnesiac trying to recover his memories while being targeted by assassins.
It’s a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase as Jason makes his way around cities trying to dodge the people who are tasked to kill him.
GPS technology becomes helpful when Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) hands an assassin a phone with a GPS system installed by Bourne. He then uses this to his advantage to stop the man from committing yet another murder.
2. The Matrix (1999)
In this futuristic-dystopian movie, a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that his whole world is nothing but a simulated reality called The Matrix. It also happens to be controlled by machines with the main goal to subdue the human race. Neo then hatches a plan to uncover the whole truth and form a rebellion in order to free mankind.
One particular scene does not directly imply that Neo is using a GPS system, but the way it is depicted makes audiences conclude just that. This involves one of the characters giving Neo and his fellow rebels directions as they enter the Matrix through a cell phone.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
In the third installment of the Harry Potter franchise, we see Harry and his friends enter the third year in his magical wizard school Hogwarts. There, he finds himself receiving numerous threats including one from a dark wizard that has escaped from a massive prison and a werewolf that terrorizes the whole school.
Well, there wasn’t really any GPS technology used in this film, but if you are to observe closely on the part where Harry was introduced to the Marauder’s Map by the Weasley twins, then you’ll see that it was a surefire nod to modern GPS technology.
The Marauder’s Map works like a fleet management tool, showing each character’s movement in real time. This eventually became handy for the young wizard throughout the series, especially when it comes to avoiding evil characters.
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
The sadistic psychopath many know as the Joker (Heath Ledger) threatens the whole city of Gotham. He serves as one of the most notable villains in the DC universe, making Batman (Christian Bale) resort to various methods just to track him down. One of the most effective ways was to convert mobile phones to tracking systems using GPS technology.
5. Enemy of the State (1998)
The 1998 spy-thriller Enemy of the State focuses on the story of DC-based labor lawyer Robert Dean, who finds himself in the middle of a murder plot that threatens the life of a U.S. Congressman. Dean is wrongfully accused for being involved in this political crime, and he is eventually tracked down after discovering that he had been carrying five tracking devices with him.
Law enforcement and private investigators have made use of such methods in real life, namely by attaching the same type of technology in vehicles or valuable cargoes that require tracking.
6. GPS, the Movie (2007)
As the title indicates, the movie is all about GPS devices but with over-the-top cinematic effects. The plot follows a group of friends that play a treasure hunting game that turns to a deadly mystery. The gang finds out clues to a kidnapping with the use of GPS coordinates while trying to figure out if they are being sucked in a heinous crime or if it’s all just a game in the end.
GPS devices played an iconic role in the six films mentioned above. In real life, it has continued to provide benefits for both business and personal use. GPS helps monitor subjects and generate reports that are essential in our daily lives.
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