‘Blade Runner’, released in 1982, was one of the most unique films of its time. Loosely based on the Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, ‘Blade Runner’ featured a then on fire Harrison Ford in an attempted dramatic science fiction role.
Ridley Scott’s first directorial effort, ‘Blade Runner’ became a cult classic, and one that, with subsequent edits that have been released, has become a beloved classic of the sci-fi genre.
Set in the year 2019, ‘Blade Runner’ presents a bleak, film noir kind of future. A future where robotic replicants are banned from Earth and hunted by police specialists called Blade Runners. Don’t worry, I didn’t spoil anything there. That tidbit is scrolled across your screen once the film starts.
When ‘Blade Runner’ was first released there were complaints from some critics about the pacing of the film. While that is completely understandable, the pacing was done to show off the splendor of the world that Scott had created and in no way actually detracts from the film, in my personal opinion. That being said, that kind of pacing would definitely be a concern in this day and age of fast tracking, hard hitting films.
The film itself is shot in a way to allow the audience to question the nature of the main character portrayed by Harrison Ford. Not only that, the film doesn’t ever answer that question, leaving it up to each individual member of the audience to come to their own decision.
Rutger Hauer is simply scene stealing as the lead antogonist, Roy Batty. Upstaging even Ford when onscreen together, Hauer to this day believes that ‘Blade Runner’ is one of the best films ever made and his favourite role ever.
A classic for sure, I am glad I was able to go into ‘Blade Runner’ as blind as I did. An enjoyable film and one that anyone that is a fan of science fiction should watch.
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