Blade Runner – Throwback Thursday

Intro to… Blade Runner
Blade Runner is an icon among Sci-Fi movies, and movies in general. So when I found out that our local cinema showed a screening of Ridley Scott’s Final Cut of the 1982 blockbuster I could not resist revisiting this classic story.

The Plot
The year is 2019 and Los Angeles has turned into a futuristic version of Shibuya, Japan. Neon billboards and kanji as far as the eye can see. Many people have left Earth to live on space stations or other planets, but the streets are still bustling with people. Well, people and the occasional replicate.

Replicates are genetically enhanced and manufactured humanoids that were originally created to serve us normal folk. Tired of servitude the replicates rebelled against their human masters but ultimately lost. As a result they were banished from Earth. A special task force was created to hunt down any replicate that broke this decree; people upholding this law are called Blade Runners.

Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a retired Blade Runner, gets forced to pick up his past profession when a group of replicates commandeer a space ship, kill the people inside, and land it near LA.

Should I Watch It?
Blade Runner was an amazing looking film in 1982. Not only did the film create a believable futuristic Los Angeles, the amount of detail in the movie is incredible. Every scene has some sort of thingamajig that is different from our world, a reminder that you are watching a story of a different time. And does so with great success.

The overall acting in the movie is pretty good. Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, and William Sanderson give strong performances for difficult roles, but it was Rutger Houer who truly stole the show. His portrayal of Roy Batty, one of the replicates, is done with exceptional intensity. Roy was an especially interesting character because of his unusual emotional blend of apathy and cruelty, both performed brilliantly by Houer.

Like many older movies the pacing of the film is a lot slower compared to contemporary movies. Scenes drag on a bit longer than we are used to but do not last too long. The story remains relatively simple but, in good old 80s tradition, leaves some questions unanswered for the audience to answer themselves.

This movie is a must-see for people who are interested in older movies or Sci-Fi. It set a new standard in its time and has influenced many modern-day directors.

Yes, watch it.

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