‘Blade Runner’ Is Set in 2019, And The Internet Has Opinions About It
The 1982 sci-fi classic made some bold style and tech claims about 2019.
The Internet has collectively realized that the original Blade Runner was set in 2019, and yet we’re still without flying hovercars, malevolent Replicants and women taking the “smoky eye” to Darryl Hannah-level extremes.
— Rocinante 🚀 #TheExpanse 🚀 🇳🇴 (@LilibetWood) December 15, 2018
But don’t worry. The fact that Ridley Scott’s dystopian 1982 classic took place in 2019 has definitely not gone unnoticed on Twitter.
Just a reminder…. in a few weeks the Year of Blade Runner begins. pic.twitter.com/1J0AU5nBsY
— Rockin' Bubbles Rialto Takes Meowhattan 🐈 (@PippiTheCat1) December 16, 2018
i mean this is pretty much how people in the pacific northwest dress right now
— IMMS (@ian_mm_s) December 15, 2018
Whoever says Blade Runner isn’t an accurate portrayal of 2019 is lying pic.twitter.com/HjCvT14qSB
— Fellini woosh sound effect (@raiseondetra) December 18, 2018
Sure, some of these futuristic looks have been rocked by adventurous fashionistas from Brooklyn to Portland…and perhaps in the fever dreams of Kanye West.
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— ye (@kanyewest) December 2, 2018
Outside of Replicant-inspired style choices, we may still be waiting for hover cars or synthetic pets to emerge from the Blade Runner world, but some of our cities sure seem to be following Scott’s visions.
G u a n g z h o u . by @hym.1 edit by @aka_swaggy #bladerunner #cityscape #alteredcarbon #bladerunner2049 #bladerunnerrealworld #agameoftones #visualambassadors #vaporwave #cyberpunk #ghostintheshell #skyscrapers #synthwave #ridleyscott #retrofuture #future #streets_vision #nightcall #retrowave #landscapephotography #urbanandstreet #killergrams #citykillerz #streetmobs #grattacielo #streetlife_award #guangzhou #urbanphotography #nightphotography #scifi #akira
But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the internet freak about 1980s movies that promised lofty sci-fi advancements in the year they were set in.
Remember back in 2015 was everyone was wondering why 1989’s Back to the Future hoverboards hadn’t hit stores yet, even though they had them when the movie time traveled to 2015?
If you see this man, do not approach him. Do not try to apprehend him. And do *not* call him chicken. pic.twitter.com/85Rx8fB8uz
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) October 21, 2015
Luckily, we can always count on Nike to get the message and to do it in a timely manner.
— michaeljfox.org (@MichaelJFoxOrg) October 21, 2015
As much as 2019 may or may not look like Blade Runner, there’s a whole history of sci-fi that’s quickly coming up on the horizon. Hell, if you ask Elon Musk, we may already be living in The Matrix.
And if some of our finest scientists continue unchecked, the war against the machines might not be too far off.