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Blade Runner

Connor Macgregor Reviews...Blade Runner

Intro: This is a film long regarded as a game changer for science fiction. More so than Star Wars perhaps. And finally I was going to see it, after a long wait. So, was it worth the wait?

Summary: In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what's human and what's not human.

Production: I'll start with the production side of things. Its amazing what they could do in 1982. Make an alien world, but be it on Planet Earth. The Visual Effects are fantastic and capture the tone of the world perfectly. The streets, apartments, technology, costumes, etc. All of them come together wonderfully to create a grim, unsettling future that could've easily come true if nature took a different course.

Music: The score by Vangelis is to die for. Very new, weird, but wonderful to listen to. Like the production, it adds layers to the world, and feels classic as well as new. You just get hypnotised by the sounds, however small or big they are. And if anything, it makes you feel that you're actually living in that world, and the music is your guide to the grim and ginormous landscape Earth has become.

Acting: Lastly is the acting which is pretty terrific. Harrison Ford creates a memorable role in Rick Deckard. Its the fact that he is silent more than anything, and how his eyes pretty much tell you everything you need to know about him. Rutger Hauer is a perfect tragic character in Roy Batty. His desire for a longer life, and the means to get it, are sad to watch, especially when it all comes down to the ending of the film. Sean Young is great as Rachael. Very mysterious to watch, and you feel that you're still trying to figure her out when the film ends.

Overall: Blade Runner is for sure a classic. Memorable music, Brilliant production, and visuals you'll never forget in your life.

Rating: 100% - A+