It’s always fun watching films which try to predict the future. Pinning a futuristic film to a certain date always feels like it’s setting itself up for a fall.
2001 came and went, for example, with no evil computers talking to us and no astronauts ending up in a strange bedroom after a psychedelic trip through time and space (I think).
A few years later however, we do have Google Home Assistants and Alexas talking to us, so maybe Kubrick was on to something…
After Kubrick’s surreal sci-fi masterpiece though, another genre-defining slice of sci-fi cinema came in the form of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, which was based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?.
Scott’s film was a dystopian tour de force. He created a bleak but fascinating, dark but futuristic landscape, imagining vast cities full of skyscrapers which housed a mixture of wealth and poverty, robots and humans – all influenced by a plethora of different cultures and countries.
And while that doesn’t sound very dissimilar to today’s modern cities (expect for the robots, which we’re working on), the fact the first Blade Runner film was set in 2019 has grabbed the attention of quite a few people.
Some seem disappointed we won’t be hovering around in flying cars next year, while others are more concerned about the fashion choices.
Almost 37 years since its release, with 2019 just around the corner, the film has stood the test of time and is a bona fide classic. Its prediction of what we’ll be doing that year however, not so much…
— Bandida #TheExpanse 🚀 (@WencheBandida) December 15, 2018
As the events of 2018 haven’t exactly made it a year to remember, the dystopian feeling of Blade Runner however, is arguably going to be present in 2019.
Just a reminder…. in a few weeks the Year of Blade Runner begins. pic.twitter.com/1J0AU5nBsY
— Bubbles the Amazing Spider-Cat🐈 (@PippiTheCat1) December 16, 2018
One person wrote:
Saw a showing of blade runner in a theatre about a year ago and everyone laughed when the date appeared on screen [sic]
Saw a showing of blade runner in a theatre about a year ago and everyone laughed when the date appeared on screen
— Aaronn O))) (@gib_gab) December 16, 2018
Well, it’s 2019 in a few weeks and Blade Runner didn’t get it right. 10 more years until we’re in Terminator territory and it’s looking more and more likely that’s gonna be the movie that nailed it [sic]
Well, it's 2019 in a few weeks and Blade Runner didn't get it right. 10 more years until we're in Terminator territory and it's looking more and more likely that's gonna be the movie that nailed it
— Matt! (@brightloud) December 15, 2018
I LOVED [Blade Runner 2049], but the basis for that movie was what the world looked like in 2019, and I doubt we’re gonna get hover cars, cops gunning down replicants in the streets, and live under giant holographic advertisements in the next 365 days, as much as I wish we would [sic]
I LOVED 2049, but the basis for that movie was what the world looked like in 2019, and I doubt we’re gonna get hover cars, cops gunning down replicants in the streets, and live under giant holographic advertisements in the next 365 days, as much as I wish we would
— Matt! (@brightloud) December 15, 2018
Others had their eyes on the future too, noting Blade Runner 2049 may be a more accurate representation of future fashion:
How the original Blade Runner predicted how we’re gonna dress in 2019 vs what I’m actually wearing in 2019 pic.twitter.com/CALQOQ7Rsu
— Zac 🎄 (@speedingahead) December 16, 2018
2019 won't look like Blade Runner, but I'm really betting on 2049 will look like Blade Runner 2049 pic.twitter.com/9HvAnmbN8F
— Santa-Season-Steve❄️ (@SteveSBaxi) December 12, 2018
Alas, it seems no matter how good your intentions, science fiction or not, you just can’t predict what fashion will be like in 40 years time.
So here’s looking to 2049, when I’ll definitely be as handsome as either Harrison Ford or Ryan Gosling (I’ll take either), the whole flying cars thing will be a definite, and I’ll have hopefully learnt how to pass that Voight-Kampff Test.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.