More Human than Human

I had almost no opinion of Blade Runner when I first saw it. All I knew was that I was bored and nearly fell asleep. Like most people, it took more than one viewing for me to fully understand and appreciate it. It didn’t help that the theatrical version was the first version I saw (and there are about 7 different versions of the movie). That’s the version that features lazy narration and a hollywood ending. It wasn’t until I found out they were making a sequel that I knew I needed to see the movie again. Without realizing it, the Director’s Cut was the version that I ended up watching. Which was so much better. It’s still unbelievably slow, but the story is brilliant. Blade Runner is based on a book called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The movie focuses on themes such as humanity and morality. In 2019 Los Angeles, the Tyrell Corporation has invented bioengineered humans known as replicants. Replicants are created with the sole purpose of being either workers, fighters, or pleasure bots. The main conflict comes when four escaped replicants return to Earth seeking a longer lifespan, because they only last for four years. Harrison ford plays Rick Deckard, a Blade Runner responsible for detecting and “retiring” replicants. A role that’s easily Harrison Ford’s third most well known character. My second viewing of Blade Runner made me realise how truly groundbreaking the movie is. The visuals are so breathtaking that I still can’t believe they’re all practical. Plus the speech made by the villain Roy Batty at the end is genius. In a whole, Blade Runner was way ahead of its time. Even if it did take several versions for Ridley Scott to get it right.

2019 Los Angeles

P.S. I don’t know if Deckard was a replicant or not.

Followed by: Blade Runner 2049

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