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Blade Runner (1982)

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Blade Runner (1982)


Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young
Edward James Olmos

Directed by Ridley Scott

Finally took the time to see the cult classic Blade Runner which was set four years from now 2019. The movie is as captivating in the visual adaptation of the future as they critics said it would. The fun I got watching this movie is not in the expected action which you will expect in a man hunt, but the complex story and screenplay, which will keep you guessing which path the movie wants to take.

Blade Runner is dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. His directing can come out as slow paced in this modified adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? written by Philip K. Dick. The screenplay adaptation was done by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.

The movie is set in Los Angeles in November 2019 where genetically engineered replicants (which are adult humans and are identical to humans) are manufactured to be used in places outside earth. Replicants are banned from visiting earth and replicants who defy this ban are hunted down and "retired" which is a nice way to say killed. There are special police operatives known as "Blade Runners" who carry out the hunting and retiring of the replicants.

In the movie, four replicants of the Nexus-6 models have escaped from the Tyrell Corporation and have found their way back to earth and a retired Blade Runner named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) has been called off retirement to hunt down the four replicants. These replicants are violent and dangerous and are willing to do what it takes to fulfill their motives.

The fun in the movie is the twist and turns, which Scott delivered without losing the audience as the movie develops

One main reason to see Blade Runner is the special effects done in 1982 when the digital technology seen today is not in existence. The movie used matte paintings and models, then they added some camera technology and multipass exposures to pass the effect along to us the viewers.

When it came to acting Harrison Ford’s performance was wonderful and so were the performances of the supporting cast. The movie won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, it also won 3 Bafta awards (Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design/Art Direction), and it also got an Academy Award for its visual effects.

Upon its initial release the movie did poorly in the Box Office and it was initially panned by critics, before time turned the movie to an all-time classic.

If you haven’t seen this movie or you are trying to recall the wonderful cinematic experience you had watching it back then, I advise you go get the DVD.


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