Blade Runner (1982) – Movie Review

Blade Runner is a 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott and it stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel and M. Emmet Walsh. The film is about a blade runner in a futuristic world that has to hunt down 4 replicants that came to earth to find the person who created them.

Opening Thoughts:

Blade Runner is a film that majority of movie lovers have seen. Some grew up watching it and some have been recently introduced to the movie. Unfortunately I did not grow up with the movie so I was introduced to the film a few years back. When I first saw the film a few years back, I couldn’t believe why did I not see this film before. I was just mind blown with the movie and it made me love Harrison Ford more as an actor and Ridley Scott as a director. When Blade Runner 2049 was released at 2017, I saw the first Blade Runner film again in order to be prepared for the second film. I was still amazed with the first movie. This and the sequel is one of those movies that can be watched over and over again.

The Positives:

The main great thing about Blade Runner is the plot. When the movie starts, you right away get drawn to the story. The opening text of the film adds a nice touch so the viewer will get a better idea of what the movie is about. Deckard played by Harrison Ford has to hunt down four replicants and as he hunts them down, it’s never a dull moment. Deckard is also a retired blade runner so he reluctantly accepts the job which makes the movie more interesting. The beginning scene of the film where the replicant Leon is being tested by Holden if he is a replicant or not was one of the greatest moments in the film in my opinion. The scene where Deckard is testing Rachael if she is a replicant or not at Tyrell Corporation was also a cool moment. Rachael shooting the replicant Leon for Deckard was also a nice scene. The scenes with Roy killing his maker, fighting with Deckard and Deckard noticing a origami unicorn on the floor at the last act of the film made the film even more unique.

The character development for this film was top notch. At first Deckard was reluctant to take the job again to hunt down 4 replicants. But once he took the job, he was good at it when it came to hunting them down. However since Rachael was a replicant, Deckard has second thoughts of taking her down since he loves her. That moment instantly showed Deckard’s true colors. Rachael and especially Roy also had good character development in the film. Roy’s character was at its peak when he killed his own maker and that was one of the turning points of the movie.

The visual effects in this movie was mind blowing. It’s hard to believe this movie didn’t win an Oscar for visual effects even though it was nominated. In terms of visual effects, Blade Runner was really ahead of its time since it came out in 1982.

The cinematography, screenplay, and music were solid as well. I really liked the dialogue when blade runners do the “Voigt-Kampff” test on the replicants. It’s a movie that makes you think once you are finished watching. This is the case because you wander if Deckard is really a replicant or not as well. There are so many versions of the movie, so it’s an instant debate when it comes to Deckard being a replicant or not.

The Negatives:

I have no actual issues and not even nitpicks with this movie!

The Verdict:

Overall, the original 1982 Blade Runner film is no doubt one of the best science fiction films of all time and it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a movie that makes you wander when it comes to Deckard being a replicant and the 21st century since we are currently living in this century. I’m going to rate Blade Runner five out of five stars. It’s a true masterpiece! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!

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