As the stunning images unfold 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.
We may not have flying cars - yet - but there are plenty of places in Los Angeles that will make you feel like you've stepped into that dystopian world. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events.
Here’s a Spotify mix to accompany you on your Blade Runner travels around L.A. "A new life awaits you in the Off-World colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!"