Blade Runner has officially caught up with the real world

'November 2019, Los Angeles'

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 01 November 2019 10:55
Blade Runner - trailer

In extremely alarming news, the world of Blade Runner has caught up with real life.

November 2019 marks the exact month that Ridley Scott’s 1982 science-fiction classic is set in.

Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a cop who’s tasked with hunting down and “retiring” replicants – humanoids that bear such a similarity to real people that they want to lead normal lives like those they walk among.

While the film depicts a dystopian future featuring things we’re still quite a way off from experiencing – flying cars and genetically engineered humanoids – it’s actually quite impressive to see how many things Scott predicted correctly for the future.

Firstly, Deckard uses voice command to activate technology, which is standard practice nowadays thanks to Alexa and Siri. If anything, we’ve advanced even further considering our tech is far more sleeker than the clunky machinery seen in the film.

Then there’s the matter of climate change. Just like in the rain-soaked Blade Runner, we’re hurtling towards a natural disaster – although we’re hoping things won’t get as bad thanks to activists like Greta Thunberg.

Blade Runner is based on Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was first published in 1968.

A sequel to Scott’s film, set in 2049, arrived in 2018.

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