The replicants, genetically-engineered human cyborgs, that Deckard must hunt down and kill are in many ways more alive than Deckard himself initially. It's a dystopian Los Angeles, 2019, and there are four genetically engineered Replicants - human in appearance - in the city, which is illegal. The soundtrack, arranged by Vangelis who won an Oscar for his Chariots of Fire score , consisted mainly of Jazz and Blues. This truly is a film that demands subsequent discussion and its ambiguous ending leave a haunting and eerie feeling. That's what it is to be a slave. Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is a brilliantly crafted science fiction film that not only touches upon, but bravely plunges into deep philosophical questions, making it simply ten times more important than any film of its genre.
I love it not only for the initial feeling it gives, but because of its perseverance none of the visuals, themes or technology feel dated but as deep, gripping and current as ever. They were designed to work on off-world colonies, any Replicant who defies the rules will be retired by special police assassins known as Blade Runners, and Blade Runner Rick Deckard Harrison Ford is on this case. But the main reason this movie is worth watching is the visuals. Blade Runner deserves credit, celebration and remembrance for it is simply an excellent film. The emotional spine is ever present, troubled when violence shows its hand, but it's there posing an intriguing question as the Replicants kill because they want to live. Among the themes explored are the following: - The dehumanization of people through a society shaped by technological and capitalistic excess.
Do Deckard and Rachel live happily ever after? The cityscapes do more than dazzle you, they involve you. Their escape from an off-world colony has an explicit self-directed purpose, whereas Deckard's life appears to have none other than his job, one that he has tried to give up. It has been improved with: added dialoglines - , added italics, split long lines, corrected timings, fixed long display times, fixed short display times, merged short lines and removed unneeded spaces. What happens when I die? Scott raises more questions here than he answers, and as a result, critics are still debating the mysteries of this film today. A number of cuts of the film are out there, and all of them have fans, but Scott's Final Cut is the one where he had total artistic control, and the scrub up job across the board is quite literally breath taking. However, this is a deeply thematic and philosophical film, and as such the characters are the tools of the story's themes. Story, adapted in fashion from Philip K.
The garbage-littered streets and permanence of dark and rain give us the sense that we've seriously screwed up the atmosphere, and the impression that all respectable human beings have fled to the off-world colonies, leaving only the scum of the earth behind. The four fugitives, Pris Daryl Hannah , Zhora Joanna Cassidy , Leon Brion James , and their leader, Roy Batty Rutger Hauer , have escaped from an off-world colony in order to find their creator and bully him into expanding their pre-determined four year life span. Not sure I'd watch it again any time soon though. I didn't understand those implications. It was perhaps the best release to date and the original release and it was on Disc 3 of the Blade Runner Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition Blu-ray box set, but I haven't seen anyone put out a rip of it yet.
It probably has the better ending. Rachael's entire outfit, including her hair, screams the 40's. I correct rip errors as much as I can. There are so many topics to debate. These themes are set in a fairly basic detective story that moves slowly but gradually builds power as the viewer is immersed in a dystopian futuristic Los Angeles. They should be, for this dissatisfaction is part of the film experience, part of the dehumanized existence in the story's setting.
By some standards, Deckard and the replicants have thin character development. And this as our antagonist, Deckard Ford a brilliantly miserable Marlowe clone , starts to fall for Rachael a sensually effective femme fatale portrayal , one of his retirement targets. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. That it is awash with eye orgasms has led to critics calling a charge of beauty over substance, but the deep themes at work here tickle the brain and gnaw away at the senses. His lines at the end were intriguingly philosophical.
It works on so many remarkable levels. The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. Why is there a unicorn in the director's cut? Whether that's because the movie is confusing or I'm dumb, I can't say. That the visuals are outstanding is a given, even the film's most hardest critics grudgingly acknowledge this to be an eye popping piece of visual class - the mention of eyes is on purpose since it's forms a key narrative thread. Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? These guys really knew what they were doing. .
And Vangelis did a beautiful, moving score. In any other film, this would have felt out-of-place but here it is simply perfect. Mood is set at perpetually bleak, a classic film noir trait, and paced accordingly. Why do I have to die? Much of the set was pulled off using models. This film originally flopped when it came out in 1982, but since has become a widely acclaimed cult classic with a director's cut to boot.
Visuals, aural splendour and dark thematics - so just what does it mean to be human? Joanna Cassidy was just plain hot. Scott isn't here to perk anyone up, he's here to ask questions whilst filtering his main characters through a prism of techno decay, of humanity questioned to the max, for a film so stunning in visuals, it's surprisingly nightmarish at its core. It fulfills one of my requirements of great films in that I walked out of the theater a different person than when I entered. It left the ending ambiguous so your imagination has to supply it. And it fulfilled another requirement in that it improved with repeated viewings. The tinny and meandering score by Vangelis is pure 1980s at its most brooding and fits the texture and mood of the film beautifully. Ridley Scott gets to have all his cakes to eat here, managing to blend intriguing science fiction with film noir.
Owners of this website aren't responsible for content of comments. Probably because I've seen that version a couple dozen times since 1982 before the director's cut came out. The new director's cut, contrary to many cinematic re-hashings, actually serves to clarify many of the more nebulous aspects of the plot and makes a great film even better, arguably allowing it to be modernized and polished for a new generation of viewers who are more picky and yet simultaneously less idealistic. The climax involves a soliloquy that brings many of the themes together in a simple yet wonderfully poetic way. Daryl Hannah's chilling robotic expressions were quite impressive. Blade Runner is one of those glorious films that has gained in popularity the older it has gotten.