Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah
Synopsis: Set in a dystopian Los Angeles, genetically engineered organic robots, called replicants, have become outlawed on Earth. Harrison Ford plays a cop whose job it is to hunt down these replicants and retire them…which is really just a fancy name for killing them. The film follows his progress as he tracks down four extremely dangerous replicants.
Every now and then I watch a movie that transcends the ordinary viewing experience. The movie will be perfect in practically every way. This perfection will allow the movie to become more than just a film; it becomes art. Blade Runner is one of those movies. I first watched this movie about 3 years ago. I knew it was a classic so it had quite a reputation to live up to. I watched it and enjoyed it but I really didn’t think about it too much. I think I was sitting finals at the time so I was probably really stressed. I decided to come back to it the other night with a fresh mind (LIES, I was baked) and I’m glad that I did.
One of the highlights of this movie is that it drenches you in awe-inspiring sets and sceneries right off the bat. From the opening shot of a highly developed Los Angeles reflected in Harrison Ford’s eye to the dark and desolate rooms of abandoned apartment blocks there is rarely a scene that lacks finesse. My personal favorite scene would be the one where Harrison Ford’s character interrogates Rachel in order to find out whether or not she is a replicant. The lighting, art direction, crisp dialogue, and chemistry between the two actors are all perfect. The environment draws you in and leaves you with a sentiment of disquiet which accurately reflects some of the deeper and more thought provoking themes featured in this movie.
The themes featured in Blade Runner deserve an essay and I would need to write one in order to effectively cover them all in sufficient detail. However, I don’t have the time, energy, or financial incentive to write an essay but I will touch on the themes to give you a basic idea what to expect. The questions raised in this movie are some of the most compelling and interesting I’ve ever seen being raised in a movie. What does it mean to be human? Do we have any right to play God and determine what should live and what should die? Why the hell would you genetically engineer something that was stronger, faster, and smarter than you!? That’s like creating a great white shark that can live outside of the water or a Shetland pony that spits acid. IT’S MADNESS!!! Still, when you’re high this is exactly the sort of introspective philosophical craziness that you want to get into.
It’s not all craziness though. This movie has withstood the test of time and I think that its fame is largely attributed to its innate beauty and the successful marriage of the sci-fi and film noir genres. The combination ensures that this film is complex and multifaceted so that it will satisfy different audiences with varied preferences but it also helped pave the way for other fantastic future-noir films like Ghost in the Shell and possibly Akira (at least in terms of visuals). This film is an absolute must-see for any film enthusiast and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
- “Is this testing whether I’m a replicant or a lesbian Mr. Deckert?” One of the best lines in cinema.
- “…like tears….in rain.” Another cracking line.
- The genetically engineered exotic pet trade. It’s so bizarre but interesting nonetheless. I want a genetically engineered pet. Like a pygmy hippo or a sloth.
- The unicorn….it seems weird at the time but at the end of the movie it will BLOW YOUR MIND!
- This movie will force you to ponder some interesting philosophical topics.
- None…or at least none that are a major issue. The fact that it’s supposed to be set in 2019 might be a little strange but it can be easily ignored.
Blade Runner is perhaps the perfect film to watch after taking a strain than induces cerebral highs. This movie will stimulate your senses and will enable you to cultivate interesting perspectives on some deep philosophical questions. I fully encourage you to watch this movie by awarding it an elusive perfect score.