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People Are Dumping On San Diego Thanks To 'Blade Runner 2049'
One spoiler ahead for Blade Runner 2049. It's not an essential plot point, but still.
There’s much to be said about Blade Runner 2049, from its achingly gorgeous images, to how it stacks up with the original, to its hazy relationship with Japanese culture, and to its depiction of women.
One wellspring for discourse comes from the movie's portrayal of San Diego. In case you're not in-the-know, the world of Blade Runner is a bleak one. As first seen in the 1982 movie, Los Angeles has turned into a windswept city that's choked with litter and dominated by starkly utilitarian structures.
Blade Runner 2049 expands on this world, taking us out to both Las Vegas and San Diego. It's no surprise that both these cities have, like L.A., turned into something less-than-desirable. San Diego's fate, however, was particularly ignominious. For one thing, it's now a landfill. Second, the city is a "district" of Los Angeles, as noted by the San Diego Union Tribune (which we presume is no longer around in this fictional 2049). Also, it's swarming with roving gangs of pirates. And there's this factory where...oh, just go see the movie.
The portrayal of San Diego tickled some people (probably Angelenos), many of whom took to Twitter to pile it on:
In Blade Runner 2049 San Diego is a literal waste dump. Not too far off honestly.— Enrique ~ (@ElmecoA) October 6, 2017
I was expecting BLADE RUNNER 2049 to be many things but not the most accurate cinematic portrait of San Diego ever made— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) October 6, 2017
Saw the new Blade Runner tonight. It was awesome!— Jon “Jon Baker” Baker (@JonBaker) October 6, 2017
Non-spoiler spoiler: Future San Diego turned out pretty much as expected
Great to see an accurate portrayal of San Diego in Blade Runner 2049.— Ian Whelan (@ijwhelan) October 9, 2017
My favourite part of Blade Runner 2049 is how all of San Diego is literally a garbage dump.— Dan (@JumpedAShark) October 9, 2017
Just saw "Blade Runner II" Good to see San Diego looking like I remember it— Nic Ratner (@NicRatner) October 8, 2017
I also cackled Bc Blade Runner 2049 made San Diego L.A.'s wasteland dump— Persephonē (@steviaplath) October 10, 2017
Glad BLADE RUNNER 2049 definitively solved that mystery from 1st movie: Whether or not San Diego simply becomes LA's garbage dump in future.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 7, 2017
My favorite part of the new Blade Runner was San Diego.— Rachele Lee (@stfurachele) October 7, 2017
Not surprisingly, some San Diegans took umbrage with the portrayal of their city:
Didn't enjoy seeing my beloved San Diego depicted as a literal pile of flaming garbage, but otherwise....BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a masterpiece.— Vic Millar (@vic_millar) October 6, 2017
And did this guy pull out his phone during the movie to take a picture of the screen?
We assume these people are either being sarcastic or have yet to see the movie:
And this guy has the right take: the end is coming for us no matter what, so we may as well embrace it:
Loved the ShoUtOut to my HomeTown™ San Diego in Blade Runner 2047.. can't wait to be dystopian trash pirates w my future sons— Dylan Ousley (@dylanousley) October 8, 2017