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Blade Runner

Review #55: Blade Runner.

I said last night that I’d ping up a review for Blade Runner. So here it is.
A group of genetically engineered androids, known as Replicants, return to Earth illegally in search of their creator. Replicants are perfect imitations of life, whether it be human, or animal.
A retired cop called Rick Deckard, who was once a Blade Runner (basically a hunter/killer of malfunctioning Replicants), is brought back into action to stop the droids as they have been deemed as malfunctioning and classed as dangerous after they begin killing people in their search of their master.

The story, as a whole, is an absolute masterpiece from Ridley Scott. It contains almost every part of the movie world’s genres: Humour, satire, morals, humanity, sci-fi, sex, violence, exciting action, everything. It even adds the aura of mystery with the characters too, especially the Replicants. Are they truly just imitations of life?
It’s extremely well written in terms of storyline too. It’s a basic premise: Robots searching for their creator, who in turn are being hunted.

But around this premise, Scott, using Phillip K Dick’s original writings and has created an entire Universe around it.

It’s also a very grounded movie in its self as well.
Yes it’s laden with futuristic sci-fi, but like with Scott’s other sci-fi marvel Alien, it feels real in the way it looks and plays out.
There’s no superhuman quality to the ‘hero’ Rick Deckard, he’s not some super-robot-hunter, he’s human and has weaknesses. The Replicants ‘powers’ are very drawn back into reality too, they’re not superduper, megapowerful machines like, say, Sonny in I, Robot.

It makes for an extremely enjoyable and yet also haunting movie that makes you look at mankind and technology in a philosophical way.
For anyone who wants guns out action, it has that too. Which is something missing from modern movies of this genre.

The acting is another marvel of creation.
Harrison Ford is brilliant as Deckard. As I said before, he’s very grounded and real, dirty, grimy and human. Yet has a tough side to him that gives an impression of learned skills rather than just being a tough guy who is written as just simply being a tough guy.
Rutger Hauer as the Replicant ‘leader’ called Roy Batty, is another mark of genius from the filmmakers. Hauer is wonderfully enigmatic and has a fantastic other world quality to him. His character’s programming, acted by Hauer, gives the character a completely different ‘human’ level, not found in many movie characters since, if ever.

Some of the special effects are a little old by today’s standard but they add to the film it their own way and the action scenes are brilliantly choreographed.
Again they’re based in a ‘reality’ rather than just being an all-out-jumping-100-feet-in-the-air-robots-vs-humans-actioner-with-battle-armour.

All in all, it’s another movie that has shaped the future of movies since it’s creation and is certainly a must-own on home cinema.
My rating is an easily given 100%