LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 2019
(Warning: Here Be Spoilers…proceed at your own risk.)
In a dystopian future in which the world is covered in pollution and humanity has started colonizing space, advances in biotechnology have brought forth a new kind of automaton. Known as Replicants, these artificial beings resemble humans in every way possible…except when it comes to emotions. Used as slave labor off world, Replicants are prohibited on Earth following a bloody mutiny that occurred off world by a group of Nexus-6 Replicants, created by the Tyrell Corporation. The Nexus-6 is considered to be the most dangerous type of Replicant, appearing identical to an adult human, as well as being better, stronger, faster (just like the Six Million Dollar Man or a bad Daft Punk song). As such, special units have been formed to “retire” any Replicant found on Earth, known as Blade Runners.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner differs in many respects from the original novel. While both tell the story of Richard Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, a retired Blade Runner (in the original novel, he was still active and not referred to as a Blade Runner) who is tasked with finding a renegade group of Replicants (Androids/Andies in the novel) who have made it onto Earth, the film differs from the book in many respects, becoming its own work to an extent, something that in this case works in the films favor, as it gives Blade Runner its own aesthetic qualities apart from that of the novel. Read On