“Blade Runner” Review ✦✦✦✦✦

1 October, 2017

Year of Release: 1982
Ridley Scott
Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples
Director of Photography: 
Jordan Cronenweth
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

Synopsis: In the year 2019, a group of bio-engineered beings known as ‘replicants’ return to earth to meet their maker and are hunted by a retired police officer assigned to track and eliminate illegal androids.

Blade Runner Review:

A cinematic staple designed to alter the face of science fiction, “Blade Runner” remains the finest example of true aesthetic ambition, depicting a relatable future where sky-high billboards and integrated androids traverse the multicultural metropolis left behind once the healthy and wealthy have moved on. Defined by technological advancement but longing for something lost in the upgrade, the film pines for a past it cannot access, implanting false memories and yearning beyond the cries of Vangelis’ matchless film score. Slow and morose in its assessment of an overcrowded yet lonely cityscape, “Blade Runner” looks inwards at the essence of humanity, establishing mortality as the biggest tragedy in the life of those blessed with superhuman abilities.

Introduced as outlaws from a rogue race but silently oppressed as the slaves built to serve and honour a weaker tribe, the replicants’ life-altering mission is driven by a curse programmed into them from birth, leaving them emotionally responsive yet utterly helpless to change their fate before their limited lifespan fails them. Frequently misunderstood as the tragic hero in a grander context, Rutger Hauer’s Nexus-6 prodigy is the Hamlet in a genre defined by lightsabre duels and extra-terrestrial encounters, providing the intellect necessary to counteract a meaningless fight between good and evil as he recounts tales of enslavement in inhabitable conditions.

Drenched below the patter of endless rain, “Blade Runner” falls back on a Film Noir aesthetic, reinventing the meaning of day-for-night shooting by eradicating sunlight from its neon-lit colour palette. Proposing existentialist questions through chess boards, snake scales, and origami unicorns, the film executes its own Voight-Kampff test, looking for a flicker in the iris of the brooding Deckard; a thinker, whiskey-drinker and a secret lover, given a gun, a badge, and an impossible job which flings him into an identity crisis alongside his group of elusive targets. A profoundly affecting meditation on morality and the futile nature of false idols, “Blade Runner” is an unsurpassed miracle from a lost era, a philosophical masterpiece about the true essence of life and death.


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