Blade Runner (USA, 1982) Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Joe Turkel There comes a point in the life of any true-blooded film reviewer when they must plant a flag in the sand and argue their case for the greatest film of all time. It's a daunting task, since the films which we most revere often take on an 'untouchable' quality. They resonate so strongly with us and are so perfect in construction, … more
I have watched Blade Runner multiple times over the years. The older I get the more I appreciate it. On one level it provides a tense and interesting story in the style of the "film noir" detective flicks of the 40's and 50's - only set in a gritty and believable future. The less than perfect hero doing what he has to in order to solve the case in the dirty city is a classic. The vision of the future which seems to be a paradise for … more
What can I say? Words will fail you while watching this new transfer of the all time best SciFi film, Mr. Scott's exceptional masterpiece. I just did and the impression still has me speechless. This review should just be a blank with ten stars and one advice: BUY IT! The clarity of the picture, sharpness, sound, the tiny details, even in the darkness and the rain. It looks as if it has been shot yesterday. I prefer Ridley Scott's … more
Although Blade Runner is a visual buffet, and has had some tweaks with the director's rendition, it still has some issues. I have heard through the years about the incredible places this film takes you. A dark, crowded metropolis full of fumes and sick rejects. Let me say, visually it exceeded my expectations. Although I am fully aware how they created the environments I was looking at, I still caught myself with my jaw creeping open. It's pretty incredible. Tall skyscrapers … more
One of the few science fiction films in the last 20 years to rival Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is Steven Spielberg's 2003 effort Minority Report. Guess what: they're both adaptations of stories by Phillip K Dick. I think Minority Report is in large part homage to Blade Runner (as is the Matrix, actually): the futuristic city, transport and all pervasive advertising is all there, but Spielberg (whilst making an undeniably wonderful film) hasn't mustered anything like the design, style or brooding … more
When Ridley Scott's cut ofBlade Runnerwas finally released in 1993, one had to wonder why the studio hadn't done it right the first time--11 years earlier. This version is so much better, mostly because of what's been eliminated (the ludicrous and redundant voice-over narration and the phony happy ending) rather than what's been added (a bit more character development and a brief unicorn dream). Star Harrison Ford originally recorded the narration under duress at the insistence of Warner Bros. executives who thought the story needed further "explanation"; he later confessed that he thought if he did it badly they wouldn't use it. (Moral: Never overestimate the taste of movie executives.) The movie's spectacular futuristic vision of Los Angeles--a perpetually dark and rainy metropolis that's the nightmare antithesis of "Sunny Southern California"--is still its most seductive feature, an otherworldly atmosphere in which you can immerse yourself. The movie's shadowy visual style, along with its classic private-detective/murder-mystery plot line (with Ford on the trail of a murderous android, or "replicant"), makesBlade Runnerone of the few science fiction pictures to legitimately claim a place in the film noir tradition. And, as in the best noir, the sleuth discovers a whole lot more (about himself and the people he encounters) than he anticipates.... With Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, ...