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Blade Runner

Directed by Ridley Scott
United States, Hong Kong, 1982
Sci-Fi, Thriller


Philip K. Dick’s dystopian Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? takes place in a neo-noir LA. Blade runner Rick Deckard wanders the urban slums lit by neon propoganda hunting down replicants that have assumed human likeness. Meanwhile the rest of humanity looks for haven in off-world colonies.

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Blade Runner Directed by Ridley Scott
I want to talk a little about other, less deliberate and less reasonable muddle in BLADE RUNNER’s exposition. If you don’t like the film you’ll agree these are problematic. If you do like the film, you’ll hopefully find it striking that a film can be compelling even with such nonsensical elements in its storytelling.
October 05, 2017
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Its dystopia is one dominated by advertisements for Atari, Bell and Pan Am, none of which are still around, but this so-called “curse” has not dated the film’s world as much as it has rendered it more alien. That’s perfect for Blade Runner, a film whose world continues to expand in small details, from a mechanical owl and snake to an overrun Chinatown, always ready to burst at the seams.
May 11, 2016
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The female body is an erotic phantasm reflected in shards of glass. Human creators are haunted and inevitably destroyed by their own creations. Blade Runner’s visual terrain – and its articulations in human-like bodies – places the film in the middle of a temporal tug-of-war. Utopian intertexts and visualized nostalgia, both spectral presences, are at perpetual odds in Scott’s dystopic vision of the future.
July 10, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Blade Runner

    The first time Blade Runner eked its way to a 5 for me is also the first time I saw it on the big screen. No one questions its visionary imagery, but some modern viewers are left cold, like Scott smothered a good story by overwhelming the plot's vital moments with art direction and sound design. But see it in a theater, and you'll be overwhelmed too. Controversial realization: Deckard as a replicant makes no sense.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Blade Runner

    [Cinémathèque PT #305: 35 mm (2006)] Esplanade-theatrical cut(07)//Seen on film: Theatrical Cut, Final Cut+Director's Cut/What stuck with me this time was the way I saw Batty as a good man instead of a bloodthirsty punk, broken having to deal with the end of his short(ened) [standard 4-year span of the replicant's 'heart'] humanoid life, thus killing Tyrell. The way he accepts his fate: bowing in the rain & dying </3

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Blade Runner

    Changing my rating after viewing Final Cut, 34 years later. Thom Anderson's Los Angeles Plays Itself also helped me develop an appreciation for this film. It grew on me.

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Blade Runner

    By far, Ridley Scott's best film, its aesthetic visual style copied by countless inferior movies (bad, boring Blade Runner 2049, etc.) Douglas Trumbull's innovative special effects. Futuristic noir. Harrison Ford's, Rutger Hauer's, and Sean Young's most complex performances. Melancholy, mesmerizing, shimmering Vangelis soundtrack. One of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. (I prefer the Director's Cut.)

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Blade Runner

    A marvel of production design & intricate world-building, Blade Runner essentially works by stripping down the wider complexities & nuances of Dick's superior source material to a central existential conundrum that still endures. The idea of contrasting sci-fi & film noir influences with a wider discussion on human nature, draws heavily on Godard's Alphaville, but there's no denying the brilliance of Scott's vision.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Blade Runner

    I don't think this is an ideal film, probably nothing is. The production and art design to this day make a lasting impression. That neo-noir/cyberpunk mood, light, colours... Yet, despite all this and Harrison Ford at his best, it's the moments with Rachel and Roy Batty on screen that are the most memorable for me and that ending... One of the most influential modern films that inspired countless other worlds since.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Blade Runner

    Overly praised and quite inflated in terms of its capacity to withstand the test of time. Impressive, to be sure, on its neo-noir sci-fi aesthetic, the lighting and some resonant icons, most of which concern a tragic Hauer. Yet, rhythmically, there are limitations (further scenes with Zhora, for instance, would have been something to welcome) and, generally, this neo-tribal dystopia has really exhausted its appeal.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Blade Runner

    The non-Final Cut versions muddle its color/production design making it unappealingly ugly. That 2007 version is a fine mix of sci-fi and noir that may be more about plot than storytelling, yet the details of the world and plot give it a thematic depth. Ultimately, it's about what it means to be human-- mortality. As if we don't die we are 'only' gods: never born and never given the fear of death to appreciate life.

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