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Ridley Scott Doesn’t Think Of Blade Runner As A ‘Science Fiction’ Film


In a 1982 video interview with Reelin’ In The Years, Scott speaks at size in regards to the themes in “Blade Runner,” and what he means when he says it’s not a science-fiction movie. Clarifying his stance, Scott says that because the occasions of “Blade Runner” happen in 2019, it talks of a “close to future,” which was solely “40 years away” on the time the interview befell. The dystopian “multi-national megalopolis” in “Blade Runner” is in shambles as a result of overpopulation and air pollution, which have rendered the planet uninhabitable. Scott’s goal was to weave these very actual points right into a dystopian setting, principally as a reminder that this shouldn’t be the sort of future we might need:

“Hopefully, there’s a sort of dramatic separation from the viewers and from the movie at that second, so then they’re fairly clear they’re watching a fabrication, not essentially a prediction of the longer term. I hope it is not the longer term.”

By saying that the movie isn’t a prediction of the longer term, Scott is hopeful that real-world overpopulation and local weather change points will probably be handled in methods that can assist forestall such a bleak future. Despite his hope for humanity, Scott additionally says within the interview that he “do[es] imagine that’s the method it is going [depleted resources, environmental decay]” and that we might find yourself in a “Blade Runner” world “until one thing actually is finished about it.”

Well, horrible information, of us. “Blade Runner” isn’t science fiction anymore, neither is it a futuristic movie as a result of the movie’s future is already right here, which makes Scott’s movie a recent thriller.

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