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Here’s what ‘Blade Runner’ got right about the year 2019


The future is now on Deck(ard).

The futuristic world of android bounty hunter Rick Deckard has arrived. The 1982 film “Blade Runner,” was set in November 2019, making Halloween the last time the movie’s fictional world could, in terms of reality’s timeline, constitute the future.

In other words, the future is now. So how does the 2019 envisioned in “Blade Runner” match up with what we have these days?

“I call science fiction ‘reality ahead of schedule,’ ” Syd Mead, the celebrated designer of “Blade Runner,” told The Post back in February.

The film, based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 sci-fi novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” painted a dirty urban vision of the now present, which was portentous in some ways.

“I knew that Ridley wanted to produce a city that was congested visually and architecturally because the decent people never got below the 40th floor,” Mead said. “The city streets were like a basement.”

In certain parts of New York, this may well be the case.

Also in the film, advertising has become more aggressive, technology has become voice-activated and global warming is a more present reality — look familiar?

Most accurate of all? Synthwave is back in style.

Replicants and flying cars, however, are still in the works.

“Blade Runner” isn’t the only flick that pegged 2019 as the year of the future. The 1987 dystopian film “The Running Man,” also aged out of the future this year, having been set in 2019. The most meta of futuristic films, 1989’s “Back to the Future, Part 2,” expired earlier this decade: It was set in 2015.

In 2017, a remake of “Blade Runner,” starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, inched up the future expiration date by a few decades — it’s set in 2049.

Despite 1982’s best guesses, 2019 didn’t end up looking much like this.©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett C



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