Blade runner

blade-runner-posterAmerican sci-fi from 1982.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Philip K. Dick, David Webb Peoples, Hampton Fancher
Bechdel-test: Fail

I would recommend this movie to any adult. For potential viewers who aren’t fans of sci-fi I would probably try to explain that they can try to see more in the story then just the surface action.

Exposition

In the far off year of 2019 a “Blade Runner” (a replicant hunter) must retire four replicants who have come to Earth where they are forbidden.

Reactions

I have seen “Blade runner” before, but a long time ago. It has a very appealing future, visually. In other ways the future is quite dystopian. ¬†And even if the movie is getting up there in years now, the future is still a visual treat. It is a mix of 40’s fashion in clothing and personal grooming, and a more dirty and gritty architecture and cityscape.

Of course it is a little funny that this is supposed to happen in about two years time, and we are nowhere near that development we see in the movie. It rains the whole time, which might be caused by some form of climate change, and while we in reality have put the planet in dire straights, constant rain in San Fransisco, has yet to happen. In the movie we also see or hear about off-world colonies, lab-grown pets, androids that can pass for humans and flying cars. None of which we have. Or maybe we do have androids that can pass for human? (And maybe I should not attempt jokes if this is how bad they are.)

In a few other ways the movie is a little dated. It wasn’t so bad that I had trouble watching it, but it felt old. Mainly the music and the pacing of the storytelling marked the time the movie was made.

Contemplations

The acting is solid by all the actors. A nice movie in that respect as well; good performances in all the roles. Some things are a little over the top, but replicants aren’t supposed to be just as we are, I suppose. Somehow it fits well.

The story is good. It is quite simple on the surface, but has enough layers to keep the viewer interested. The movie is supposedly quite different from the book it is based on; “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. The story in “Blade runner” had me intrigued enough to want to read the book. (If you should have a similar desire; here’s a link to “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” on amazon.)

Judgement

I would very much like to see this movie again. It is a good example of how a sci-fi setting can enlighten issues for humans today, be it problems in society or on a more personal level. Here we get a bit of both.

Epilogue

I would recommend this movie to any adult. For potential viewers who aren’t fans of sci-fi I would probably try to explain that they can try to see more in the story then just the surface action.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Blade runner” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

11 movies down. 354 to go.

If you want to get “Blade runner” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s already on your shelf?

Tomorrow’s movie is “V for vendetta“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

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