Blade Runner, American movie (1982)

Harrison Ford almost seems to be on a farewell tour, in which he reprises all of his most famous roles one more time. Two years ago he played Han Solo in the seventh installment of the famous Star Wars franchise, and three years from now he will be playing the role of Indiana Jones one final time. But all eyes are on him this year, as he will be making an appearance in the sequel to the classic science fiction movie Blade Runner. One has to wonder if making a sequel to what was obviously a landmark in science fiction history really is the best idea. Still having seen the first few trailers of the new movie, and the director of the film being Denis Villeneuve, I am cautiously optimistic for it. It is ofcourse a good thing that Harrison himself is also featured in this new one. We will still have to wait a bit for the results though, as the new movie is currently scheduled for an October 2017 release. Which gives everyone a chance to rewatch the original movie, something that I did today.

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Traffic can really be a problem sometimes. 

Blade Runner is set in a dystopian and honestly very dark future. The powerful Tyrell Corporation has made a new type of advanced robot that go by the name replicants. They are almost indistinquishable from humans, and are made to work on off world colonies because of their unique abilities. Replicants are banned from ever returning to Earth punishable by death, although the more humane word they have given for it is retirement. The men and women tasked with hunting them down and retiring them are called Blade Runners. When a group of four recently escaped replicants led by the dangerous Roy Batty are loose in Los Angeles, the expert but kind of washed out Blade Runner Rick Deckard, is given the assignment to find and kill them. But when he meets a very advanced female replicant called Rachael, he is beginning to question what it really means to be human…..

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Hi, we are your new neigbours. Really, you can trust us. 

Director Ridley Scott’s vision of the future depicted in this movie is very bleak indeed. Right from the start of the film you get a sense of depression and dark foreboding that doesn’t leave you until the endcredits roll. The scenery created in this movie is absolutely breathtaking, and even though the effects look a bit dated after all these years, they still hold up pretty well. These also help create the atmosphere I just mentioned but an even larger part in that plays the New Age soundtrack created by Vangelis. The haunting synthesizer sounds and melodies that you hear throughout the film, at times make you feel as if the end of the world has finally arrived.

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Shoot first, ask questions later. That usually seems to work. 

Harrison Ford plays a very different role than the ones that you are used to seeing him play. He depicts a man that is kind of an anti-hero, and he is beginning to ask himself if what he is doing is the right course of action. He also isn’t very likeable, as he is very gruff man without a real sense of humor. But Harrison really manages to pull it off, and I think it is one of the best roles of his career. The role of the replicant leader is played by Dutch actor Rutger Hauer. And his role is the one that impresses the most in this film. His cold demeanor devoid of any humanity, makes it an all the more ironic role, as that is what his character is striving to become: human. Rutger really plays an iconic bad guy, and it is quite a shame that most of the films he played in afterwards were mostly forgettable.

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Hmm, they should really do something about the view in the future. 

Obviously the theme of this movie is centered heavily on what it really means to be human. It is an age old question, and one we have seen appearing in many science fiction classics. The replicants aren’t necessarily evil, and that’s one of the things that makes this film all the more interesting. What right do humans have to create beings, that are only kept as slave labor, and are taken out when they just want to live? And that is also what we see Deckard struggling with throughout the movie. Strangely enough this is probably only the second time that I have seen this film. Which is why I was surprised a lot by the pacing of the movie. This isn’t an all out action fest, but rather a very slow, but obviously thought provoking movie. Blade Runner certainly won’t be a movie that is going to please everyone. But if you like dark science fiction stories, mixed with good acting and amazing setpieces, it is well worth it to check this movie out. Even after all these years Blade Runner is a science fiction epic, that changed the way we looked at science fiction altogether. Let’s hope the sequel will do it justice.

I give Blade Runner a 9 out of 10 score.

 

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41 thoughts on “Blade Runner, American movie (1982)”

    1. Haha, it was actually quite a surprise this afternoon when I came to the realisation that I had only seen the movie once before. That is why I also had forgotten quite a few things. It is an incredible movie. Not my alltime favorite (that right belongs to Aliens), but it comes very close indeed 😀

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      1. Cool, I will check that one out somewhere this week 😀 Thanks for mentioning it. As for Aliens, that’s the movie that I have watched so many times now, that I kind of have forgotten about just how many times lol. Might be my next 80’s movie that I will do a post for 😊

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  1. Real good review. I have had this movie downloaded for quite sometime but havnt watched it yet. i tried to watch it about a month ago but couldnt get into it. Im gonna give it another shot soon. Im not a big scifi fan, but I wanted to watch this because I want to see the new one. I love Ryan gosling.

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    1. I can understand. It isn’t a very easy movie this one. As I said in my review I had only seen it once before myself crazily enough, but it is really an amazing film. I think I appreciate it more now as I understand the story better than when I had first seen this movie all those years back. The new one looks good, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it 😊

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  2. You know, I really thought I had seen this film, but after reading your review, I’ve decided that I haven’t, lol. Still can’t really tell if I would like it though, so I’ll put it on my maybe list 🙂

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    1. Haha, well I have only seen it once myself, strangely enough 😊 It is a hood movie, but it certainly isn’t one of the easiest ones to watch. Still, it is a true classic, so it’s one of those movies that you have to at least have watched once in your life lol. Hope you will enjoy it if you do get to watch it 😊

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      1. Yeah, that really is quite a shame. Leia will still make one final appearance though in Episode 8. Most of her scenes were already completed before she died, so we will see her one final time. But it’s exactly as you say, it does kind of feel likevthe end of an era😥

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  3. I used to love this movie and then I had to do an assignment on it at university. After watching it that many times I am kind of over it for life. Still it is a great film a d its influence has been enormous.

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    1. Haha, yeah I can imagine why that would take all the fun out of it, but I agree it’s influence is still felt. That is why I hope the new installment will be good. To date reboot/sequel movies have not been done well, so I hope this one will break that trend 😊

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      1. I don’t know, I hope it will be good. I have faith in the director, as so far I have yet to see a bad movie by that guy, but as I said the track record for reboots/sequels has been very bad so far. Fingers crossed 😊

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    1. Could not agree with you more. I was pretty amazed by the fact how much it still held up of I’m being honest. Having seen this movie many years in the past, I had thought it to be horribly outdated, but I was pleasantly surprised 😊

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    1. I had the same thing happening to me as well. When I watched it yesterday, it was almost as if I was watching the movie for the first time again 😊 The new one I’m definitely going to see in the theatres, I’m cautiously optimistic for it, having seen the trailers for it, but I guess we will have to wait and see, as trailers can be misleading at times 😊

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      1. I am having second thoughts on the trailer to the new Blade Runner movie. I am afraid it will all be visuals and few substance and emotion. What I liked about the old film was how low-key and modest the apocalyptic atmosphere presented. Sure it was an old film and now they have this technology, but I also thought that because there were no elaborate special effects, they had the opportunity to focus more on characters, their interactions and thought provoking elements of the plot. Not sure, what will happen in the new film.

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      2. Well, I still have high hopes for it simply because of the director. So far he has made some pretty amazing movies, and that’s why I am currently still optimistic for it. That said, I do share your fears. I hope we don’t only get a visual spectacle, but also a well thought out story. Harisson Ford said the script was one of the best that he had ever read, but that’s not saying much ( It would be really weird if he were to say the script sucked lol 😂). Still keeping my fingers crossed. I hope it will be good 😊

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  4. You know, I’ve only seen it twice as well! The music is so awesome. And I agree this is one of Harrison’s best performances. I mean just the fact that this film was made smack in the middle of the original Star Wars trilogy is something. Same genre and yet he is so different from Han Solo in this movie, I forget it’s the same actor. Great review!

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    1. Thank you 😊 Yes, that is what is one of the most surprising things in this film. Harrison is just so completely different in this movie than the roles we usually see him playing. It’s very cool when an actor is able to pull something like that off. And this movie is still amazing, the music being one of the standout things for it 😊

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  5. Guess what? Another classic I have yet to watch xD
    I’ve heard wonderful things about this one (even though it’s far from a wonderful movie hahaha) and have had it on my watchlist for a while but never actually got to it.
    I think the bleak, depressing, pessimistic vibe put me off a bit, as I mostly enjoy things that will make me happy rather than sad. But I like the thought-provoking aspect of it and it feels very intriguing. Plus, it’s one of those movies one should watch before they die so I think it’ll be worth it 🙂
    Wonderful review, of course! You always manage to showcase the best ones ^^

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    1. Well, I said it to someone on another blog, lately I have been reviewing pretty dark and depressive movies, so except for two upcoming reviews, I am going to switch gears a bit and turn to a few lighthearted series/movies as well. You are right about this one being pretty dark. It is especially the music that really gets to you in this way. Still, it’s one of those must see films I guess, that never really gets old. Thanks again for the kind words: appreciate it 😊

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    1. Could not agree more with you. Although I don’t like every movie that he has made (like what the hell was up with the Counsellor) most of his films are pretty amazing. This one ranks amongst his best films for sure. A truly fantastic movie that has withstood the test of time in a very good way 😊

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  6. Great review, as always! 😊 Funnily enough, I didn’t like Blade Runner during my first viewing. But when I had to analyse the film for a class, I started to appreciate its delve into the meaning of humanity. And like you said, the visuals are genuinely breathtaking. I honestly think Denis Villeneuve is going to do such a brilliant job with the sequel, given his impeccable track record! He’s just such an excellent storyteller.

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    1. Well, definitely had the sane response the first time. As mentioned I think this is now either my second or third time that I’ve seen it (third is probably the most likely), and the first time i saw it, I didn’t really get it. I was also very young at the time, so that might also have been a part of it. I have the same feeling, the trailer for the new one I liked very much. As such I am cautiously optimistic for it 😊 Thank you again for the kind words 😀

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      1. Well, I understand. It was quite a whole since I had first seen it, but I remember not enjoying it very much in the beginning either. Funny hoe things change with the passing of a few years 😊

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  7. Great movie, amazing movie that influenced a lot of modern sci-fi, but I’ve never felt like it’s a masterpiece. Finally, it’s a noir movie (this is what makes it unique (dystopia+noir+sci-fi) and I think there were better noir movies if you forget about sci-fi for a moment. I have watched it 2 times but most things I remember are exceptional photography, colours, rain, neon. I still prefer to play Deus Ex to it although Deus Ex could have never existed without it as many other movies.

    Luckily Scott doesn’t direct the second part… I’m not sure he is capable of doing uncliched stuff anymore…

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    1. Scott is a good director, but I do know what you mean. His track record of late hasn’t been really great, even though I personally loved Covenant. I really am looking forward to the new Bladerunner. This director certainly has made some great films, and I am confident he will do a great job with this one 😊

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      1. I remember your review, after reading I finally decided to watch it too. It wasn’t that horrible like most said, and tried to provided interesting insight in the alienology. But it had so many problems. Often I had the feeling that Scott thinks the viewers are idiots.

        There was a scene where the wheat is shown… it’s obvious that visually the point of the scene was to make the viewers wonder how come there’s the wheat growing on a faraway planet. Finally one of the characters asks: “Where does the wheat come from?”

        At that moment, I felt really bad.

        The first 15-20 minutes were full of errors, cliches or little sensibility/credibility. Like the ship landing on water. Just 1 min later one of the characters says that some part of ship may be damaged because of landing on water. Why they needed to land it there then? Just 80 mt nearby there was a flat surface. And what’s most ridiculous, 20 minutes later in the movie, when the crew is coming back to the ship, it’s not on water anymore (although nobody moved it). Magic.

        The answer, in my opinion (and the major drawback of the film), is that too many things were done just because it seemed ‘cool’ or ‘spectacular’. The water landing example is just one of them…

        Then it gets better thanks to some action and Fassbender. I even rewatched the first 20 minutes one more time and then watched the first 20 minutes of 1979 film. It’s incredible that we see similar things but the approach is so different. Little sensibility.

        But if one is able to switch off the brain, it can be pretty enjoyable. 🙂 Although I feel that the film didn’t provide any clarity in alienology, rather muddle it or create inconsistencies. What are your thoughts about it?

        But i

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