To say that the 1982 sci-fi flick Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford is a classic would be a huge understatement.
Although underperforming and being heavily criticized upon its initial release, the North American audience soon warmed up to the film and over the years, the movie has acquired a cult following.
The movie may have hit theatres in 1982, but its setting is in 2019 Los Angeles. With the advances of technology back then, creative minds were wild with ideas of just how technology would have thrived in the future.
In the Blade Runner world, the earth would be in quite a bad shape by 2019, and robots would be an everyday affair. We are currently in a climate change crisis, and the Alibaba FlyZoo hotel is run entirely by robots, so you can say they got that right.
But what did the flick get wrong? Let’s find out.
1. Flying Cars
In the movie’s setting, flying cars are the go-to mode of transport. Audiences in 1982 must have really thought that the world would have achieved this feat by 2019, don’t you think? Unfortunately, we’re in November, and flying cars aren’t the norm yet.
Truth be told though; it’ll only be a matter of time before we make this breakthrough. Tech companies have been making prototypes, and isn’t that the route any new tech takes?
What we have achieved thus far is the production of self-driving vehicles, and soon, we’ll be able to fly them too.
2. Human-like Robots
Concerning robots, Blade Runner got this both right and wrong. Yes, robots are increasingly playing a more significant role in our daily lives, but they are not so sophisticated that we cannot tell them apart from our fellow humans.
This is the case in the movie, where to distinguish between man and machine, a test is required. Sounds creepy, don’t you think? It somehow reminds you of the Terminator film series where robots were so good at infiltrating human armies by having living tissue cover the metal underneath.
You could argue that smoking is still as common as it is in the movie, but there’s one stark difference between reality and what the movie portrays.
Blade Runner characters freely light cigarettes while indoors and in other enclosed spaces, a practice that is no longer the norm in modern-day America.
The practice has faced the ban in many of the country’s states, and California, where events in the movie are set, just so happens to be one of them.
4. The Space Conquest
In this cult classic, humanity has successfully managed to colonize several parts in space. In the current world, however, this remains a reality hard to come by.
The situation could soon change, especially with tech executives such as Elon Musk with his SpaceX program being very much interested in conquering space. Could man finally live on Mars? Only time will tell.
In the movie, polaroid cameras are still the primary photo-capturing devices. While you may still see some of them around, they’re not as important as they once were.
Digital cameras took over the mantle, and they are themselves soon to be obsolete. Smartphones have taken the world by storm, and their powerful cameras are what everyone is currently using for quality pictures.