‘Blade Runner,’ the original

Mar 10, 2018
Gaff (Edward James Olmos, right) interrupts Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) at the street noodle bar in “Blade Runner.”

Belfast — Adaptations is this month’s theme for Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix; the film series is showing exceptional films adapted from other media. All screenings are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

Up next, on March 16, is “Blade Runner” (1982, USA/Hong Kong), based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?” The story is set in 2019 (!) in a dark, dystopian Los Angeles. Harrison Ford plays the Blade Runner, a former police officer who is tasked with hunting down and destroying four rogue replicants – bioengineered synthetic humans, designed to work on Off World colonies. After a rebellion on the colony, the mutants have returned to earth and live undercover in the urban decay of L.A. Over time, “Blade Runner” has earned cult-classic status as a sci-fi masterpiece that begs the question, “What’s human and what’s not?”

The Adaptations series will conclude March 23 with “Capote” (2005, USA/Canada). There is no screening March 30.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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