Blade Runner (1982) Movie Review

Blade Runner (1982)

1982 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi
117 minutes /

User Score: 83/100


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Blade Runner Review

Synopsis:

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Blade Runner (1982) is a 1h 57-min American science fiction thriller film that was shot in London, England, UK and several locations in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director Ridley Scott (Alien (1979), The Martian (2015), Prometheus (2012)) did an average job executing this terrific film that has a misplaced plot. Blade Runner depicts a dystopian Los Angeles where the powerful Tyrell Corporation is manufacturing genetically engineered replicants of human where the replicants are indistinguishable from real humans. Replicants are against the law on Earth and can only be used for dangerous situations on off-world colonies. Replicants that decide to escape to Earth are killed by Blade Runners/special police upon finding them

Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)) is an ex-police officer/Blade Runner in Los Angeles in November 2019. Rick was escorted by officer Gaff (Edward James Olmos - Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Miami Vice (1984-1990), 2 Guns (2013)) to his former supervisor, Bryant. Bryant (M. Emmet Walsh - My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Wild Wild West (1999), Blood Simple. (1984)) informed Rick that four replicants are illegally on Earth. The replicants only have a four-year lifespan, and they think that the replicants have come to Earth to extend their lifespan. Rick’s job was to track down the replicants/bioengineered beings and kill/retire them.

Rick refused the assignment of retiring Leon (Brion James - The Fifth Element (1997), Tango & Cash (1989), Enemy Mine (1985)) and three other replicants but quickly accepts after Bryant threatens him. Rick discovered that some of the replicants were given emotional memories which make them think that they are human resulting in a more severe tests to determine who is a replicant and who is not.

The human story/plot was not as interesting as the special effects which made the visual aspect of the film amazingly remarkable. The soundtrack flowed well with the movie giving it a dark, moody tone with uncertainty. I applaud the special effects department for doing an above average job which helps the film’s score. I was not too crazy about the script and characters, but the actors did a spectacular job with their roles. The movie left me with a few questions with one of these issues being is if Rick is a replicant or not. With all said, the film works on many remarkable levels.


About Blade Runner (1982)

Title: Blade Runner
Original Title: Dangerous Days
Year: 1982
Runtime: 117 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 4.15/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Joanna Cassidy, Sean Young, Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Dawna Lee Heising, Brion James, James Hong, Rutger Hauer, Leo Gorcey Jr., Hy Pyke, M. Emmet Walsh, Charles Knapp, Joe Turkel, Morgan Paull, John Edward Allen, Edward James Olmos, Sharon Hesky, Kelly Hine, William Sanderson, Tom Hutchinson, Rose Mascari, Jirô Okazaki, Steve Pope, Kevin Thompson, Robert Reiter, Alexis Rhee, Kimiko Hiroshige, Bob Okazaki, Carolyn DeMirjian, Ben Astar
Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples, Philip K. Dick
Director: Ridley Scott

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