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Small But Clever Details From The 'Blade Runner' Movies That Fans Noticed

October 21, 2020 335 votes 50 voters 1.1k views15 items

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Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is one of the most highly respected science-fiction movies of all time. The film utterly changed the genre, proving that it could feature more complicated stories, real human issues, and incredible action while simultaneously depicting an immersive dystopian future filled with interesting characters, technologies, and concerns.

Since the first film was released in 1982, only one sequel has been made, which was released in 2017. There was also a short released that year titled 2036: Nexus Dawn. Despite not having a ton of films in the franchise, there are still a ton of well-hidden clever details spread throughout both movies. Fans have been analyzing the first movie for decades and began doing the same immediately after Blade Runner: 2049 was released.

Many of those fans have taken to the MovieDetails subreddit, where they have shared some of their more interesting findings. The best of them are listed below, so take a look, and if you find something you didn't already know, go ahead and give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    Deckard's Wooden Animals' Names Have A Specific Meaning

    Very little in the Blade Runner films is there for no reason, and as Redditor u/TrippyWentLucio noted, that's especially true of Deckard's animal carvings:

    In Blade Runner 2049 (2017) the names of each of the wooden animals that Deckard (Harrison Ford) carved in the movie are Rhino, Antelope, Cat, Horse, Elephant, Lion, the first letters spelling "RACHEL", the name of the replicant he was enamored with in Blade Runner (1982).

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    Jared Leto Wore Opaque Contact Lenses

    Jared Leto is a well-known method actor, and as Redditor u/invisible_gent noted, he continued this trait for Blade Runner: 2049:

    Blade Runner 2049-In order to portray the blind character of Niander Wallace, Jared Leto decided to fit himself with opaque contact lenses that made it impossible for him to see.

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    Something From The First Film Helped Frame An Event In The Second

    As Redditor u/CheeseburgerPoptart noted, the first Blade Runner film helped to impact the second:

    In Blade Runner (1982), Deckard and Rachael flee into an open elevator. In Blade Runner 2049 (2017) when K interrogates him about Rachael, Deckard hesitates while being symmetrically framed in front of a closed elevator, a sign he is done running: the elevator’s closed; he then confesses to K.

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    In '2049,' The Various Interior Shots Are Related To Nature Themes

    According to Redditor u/pieisgiood876, the insides of buildings in Blade Runner: 2049 are specially related to nature themes. Additionally, there's another fun fact shared:

    In the dirty and desolate world of Blade Runner 2049 (2017), the Wallace Corporation's immense wealth is shown by their building interiors, adorned with themes of wood, water, and natural sunlight. Unrelated BTS, Harrison Ford accidentally punched Ryan Gosling and the moment was captured on film.

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