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)
Original Title: Dangerous Days
Runtime: 117 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Total Avg. Votes: 6
Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples, Philip K. Dick
Director: Ridley Scott