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Blade Runner (1982)

” Early in the 21st Century, the Tyrell Corporation advanced robot evolution into the Nexus phase- a being virtually identical to a human known as a Replicant.

After a bloody mutiny by a Nexus 6 combat team in an off-world colony, Replicants were declared illegal on Earth, under penalty of death.

Special police squads- Blade runner  Units, had orders to shoot and kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicants.”

In the year 2019, flying cars can be seen  in a busy dystopian world. Although  being two light years away, im sure Ridely Scott will now have a very different view-point on how things would look like. We still have better tv screens, better lighting, but you have the busy chaotic environment just right, just no flying cars..yet.

In the movie,  Advanced technology seemed to have created engineered  robots that look exactly like humans, resembling strong strength and agility and most importantly a persona of sorts through memory implants. However they are banned from Earth as they are used as slave labour and other work that seem hazardous to the human race.

Rick Deckard is a retired police officer trying to enjoy his noodles in the hustle and bustle of the city when he is grabbed by some men who say “ you are under arrest”.

He is brought back to his old workplace under the supervision of his superior boss -Bryant because ” no one is good as an old blade runner”, who wants him to get back to work. He learns that a group of replicants- Leon, Roy, Zhora and Pris have escaped and come to Earth  as they have a lifespan of four-years and want to extend their lives, led by their supposed leader Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer).

Decker starts his search  to ‘retire’ (to us that means kill) these replicants but his job is no easy task as he needs to find them first.

Upon visiting Dr. Eldon Tyrell, Decker is surprised to find an experimental Nexus 6 Model named Rachael who looks as every bit human dressed  head to toe in a glamorous black outfit who even smokes.

When Decker begins to test her using a machine designed by asking a  series of questions, whilst scanning the eye to distinguish between a human and an Android, he finds her answers ‘humane’, as she answers short but steadily, thinking of her answers carefully almost from the back of her mind. At one question she even remarks “is this testing whether I’m a replicant or a lesbian “.

There is a great short chase scene with a stripped snake charming dancer that turns out to be Zhora, who flees upon being discovered by Decker. As she runs through the busy crowd, Decker shoots at her several times as she smashes through the shop glass with every stagger, spraying blood with the swipe of her transparent coat which is stylishly framed as if it was an artwork and the synthesizer music throughout the film adds to the feel of this neo dystopian world they live in.

When i first watched this movie, i was young and felt empathy for the replicants who try their best to manage living in such a grisly society where they cannot understand why they can’t survive. When i re watched this, i felt a stronger sense of sadness and pain with experiences  changing in my own life, that it gave me a different perspective to viewing it again.

To see the replicants in such a dire situation was more heartfelt, especially towards Rachael and Roy. Scott himself, regards this as one of his most personal films and in an interview he explained that he “liked the idea of exploring pain“. At the time he would  visit his brother in hospital which he said was traumatic and painful for him that he reflected through the characters own struggles to survive in the movie.

In a scene with Decker and Rachael, she visits his apartment and shares ‘memories’ of her childhood with photos to show she is real. Tears silently rolling down her face as she begins to realise they are memories from a random human child.  However Decker later swayed by some form of attachment embraces her forcefully saying ” say kiss me”.. to which she responds “kiss me”. 

It is that very moment Decker seems to open up to the possibility of looking beyond a replicant, something he never gave much consideration as it was merely his way  to hunt them and kill as a job, ” replicants are just like any other machines, their either a benefit or a hazard”, not accounting for any form of lifestyle or social one for that matter, why it is but what it could be, portraying an emotion from both of them ‘feeling’ lonely in different circumstances.

Roy also with stored images describes his feelings as if it were his own, ” i’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe..” despite me knowing it can’t  be true, it is a touching moment to behold and emphasises the bittersweet tragedy  of exsisting . ” quite an experience to live In fear isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave”.

Their appreciation for life goes beyond being an engineered creation, even with stored memories, you see the sadness and emotions in their eyes, (or are they programmed to feel this way on command), which reflects the newer nexus model being ‘more ‘human than human’ as Tyrell states ” the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long”.  

It is a remarkable script that author Phillp K. Dick should be praised for, coming up with the original idea in 1968 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I love his novels on such topics that were also later made into movies such as A Scanner Darkly , Minority Report and Total Recall of a few that I enjoyed reading.

The movie is rich in knowledge of creating a nostalgic neo sci-fi movie that goes beyond the laser works. It is not a future with beaming energy and shining gadgets, but rather focuses on the gritty  aspects of labour, decaying and corruption.

It is the context on which this movie is based that define this to be such an influential classic throughout movies in history. So much that it has been brought back to life in the future movie Blade Runner 2049 which will  be directed by Denis Villeneuve.

it’s a shame they won’t live but who really does?”  which displays the message  throughout Blade Runner of what it means to be human.

Credits: Directed by Ridley Scott. ( based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). 

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy and others.

Music by : Vangelis

Other honourable mentions from 1982 that I love:

The Thing  by John Carpenter

The Secret of NIMH by Don Bluth

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22 thoughts on “Blade Runner (1982)

  1. This is one of those classic films that you rewatch from time to time, and where everything is (nearly) perfect. The score, the script, the acting, the entire vibe of it, it was an amazing movie. The first teaser/trailer for Bladerunner 2049 looked amazing, and honestly I do have a lot of faith in the director. I am hoping for this one to be good. I have not seen the original in a while now, so probably will be revisiting it again sometime this year. A great review and post as always 😊

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    1. I agree. It’s one of those time less classics that when you revisit it, you realise how well scripted and thoughtful this movie is without all the special gadgets flashing every so often. I liked the dark gritty aspect that you don’t often witness in such a world and the things that could go wrong in tampering with the unknown..in this case creating humanoids.

      Thank you for enjoying the series so far. It’s been nice to go back and watch these films when I can.

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  2. Thought-provoking post. I am now reading “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, and it is interesting to see how ideas in the book transpire to the screen. I still think that Blade Runner is a bit different from one’s usual sci-fi flicks like Total Recall. There is something truly eerie about the film – the dark graphics, the open-ended conclusion, the feeling of the philosophical significance of it all, hard to pin-point, but it gets you like few other sci-fi films can.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my side of the world and liking it. ☺ I haven’t read the book but do let me know how you are finding it. I have read his other novels such as Minority Report and Adjustment Team which I really enjoyed reading.

      I agree, it’s a very different sci -fi movie which focuses more on the gritty side of mechanics and human understanding which i admire than just a flashy movie.

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    1. That sounds interesting. I’ll have a read. It really is a masterpiece. Thank you for finding your way and taking the time to read my blog. I’m very grateful to hear you enjoy it. ☺

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      1. I’m really honoured to hear that. I’m just a small space on the internet writing from my mind and telling things from the heart so it makes me smile to hear you say that. Yes I think we do too having seen the things you also enjoy on your wonderful site. Thank you again. It’s very kind of you. ☺

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  3. This movie is one of my favorites, and the deep ethical questions it arises are done in a splendid way. Especially the final scene of the directors cut, which you mention here (you probably should put up a spoiler-alert;)) is amazing. Nice review.

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    1. Thank you for liking the post. It’s a treasured favourite of mine for the reasons I mentioned. In regards to the ending, it was merely a quote without mentioning where it is placed so like all my reviews I see it as spoiler free unless someone mentions the endings which can be unfortunate.

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