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Blade Runner (1982)
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
I’ll admit something shocking, up until a few days ago I had never seen Blade Runner. I’m not sure why but I just never gotten around to it. With the sequel soon out, however, I knew it was time and this past Sunday I finally checked it out. Of course I had heard lots about it but, thankfully, the one big spoiler I had heard, seemed not to be true.
I know this is supposed to be an amazing sci-fi film but to be honest, I found a lot of it to be slow and a little silly. Certainly the special effects (for the time) hold up and would have been amazing back then. The whole world is fascinating and there are some really cool characters and ideas. The music, tone and atmosphere of the film really does make you feel like you are in another world but still a world that is not so different from our own. I am at least glad to note that while our world is a scary place, we are still a long ways off of the 2019 Ridley Scott imagined.
Harrison Ford is excellent (as is Edward James Olmos and Daryl Hannah). What bothered me a lot during the film was this, if replicants are so strong why do they have such a hard time killing Decker? (A human). It seems to me he should have died several times and certainly not survived the final confrontation at the end. I guess to say any more I’ll add…
Maybe this is just me but I still haven’t seen the directors cut. In this version it isn’t clear that Decker is a replicant (android). It’s hinted at once but I’ll admit that perhaps the reason he is so efficient at hunting (and killing) replicants is because he is one and just doesn’t know it. I’m looking forward to the sequel to find out what happens to Decker and whether this is answered for sure. Of course seeing Scott return to this world would have been even better, but I’m sure the new movie will still be good.
I did enjoy this movie, quite a bit actually. It’s a complex world with great characters and a very real feel to it. The world is a depressing place, people live in filth and unless you’re very rich/powerful or just lucky, there is no way out of this misery. To be honest though I didn’t love it, I thought the pacing was often quite slow and even though it was only two hours I felt it could have been trimmed down. The sex scene with Decker bothered me as he never seems to get full consent and just forces her to some extent. It does have some beautiful and touching scenes, however, and is certainly a fascinating movie. So I give it a solid 7.5 out of 10. I would certainly recommend it to any sci-fi fan, please no children watching though. Ages 17+ due to violence, language and some sexual content.