As the stunning images unfold in the new trailer for Blade Runner: 2049, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.
Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human.
Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is in theaters this October. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events. (Incidentally, they filmed the sequel in Budapest. So much for authenticity. Do Hungarians dream of electric sheep?)