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Blade Runner: A Review Of Sorts
MegaBeth (05/30/2011)
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Blade Runner CarSo What's good about Blade Runner?

•Special effects/scenery. A cornerstone of every great Sci-Fi movie is the special effects and scenery and Blade Runner does not disappoint in this aspect. A future L.A. filled with skyscrapers, giant billboards, and flying cars set the tone for the entire movie and these effects hold up well years later. There are few moments (whenever someone got shot) that shows Blade Runner’s age, but for the most part the movie still looks great and does a wonderful job of showing what America’s future could look like.

Storyline. Blade Runner is not just an us vs. them or a robot vs. humans story (which it easily could have been). What makes this movie so brilliant is that it steps beyond this and delves into humanity vs. technology in a world where humans created the technology that is threatening it. Questions of morality, existence, and creation are raised and left up to the viewer to ponder and answer. Yes there are flying cars, and an attractive cast in a story about androids fighting humans, but Blade Runner gives us an actual story that makes us think instead of just 90 minutes of explosions.

Heroclix Bystander Tokens Blade RunnerActing. I said earlier that I had little to no emotional connection to the characters; in some movies this could be due to bad acting (actors phoning in the performance, being wooden etc.). In Blade Runner the actors are required to act in a way that is both elusive (Harrison Ford is distant at the beginning) and then at points deeply emotional. The actors all show an incredible range throughout the film, making their roles believable.

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If you don't feel empathy for the Replicants, then you must be a Replicant yourself! ;-) Empathy for the Replicants comes from the fact that humans bred them to be killing machines. They are the future's Frankenstein Monster. Humans have not learned that you cannot create something and then control it for their purposes only. History is replete with examples: Marconi trying to control the use of wireless communications, IBM trying to control the use of computers, Humans trying to control nuclear fission, and so on. What is the difference between breeding a killer such as The Replicants, or training a special forces killer in our Army? Did we not feel sympathy for John Rambo (to use another movie example)? I can sympathize with The Replicants but be abhorred by their methods! We can feel sympathy if we put ourselves in their shoes and have the realization that we are going to die in 4 years. It is even sadder that they never had a true childhood and that their memories were all planted.

Posted by: First Lensman on 7/12/2011 7:58:31 AM
Philip K Dicks work has been adapted many times, and this is still easily the strongest adaption yet. The story pacing is uneven, I agree. But, have you seriously seen many sci fi movies that actually hit on as many sociological themes that has quick pacing? Never. The closest would be Minority Report, which btw was based on a short story by Dick as well, but it had a larger budget and Steven 'I can do what I want' Spielberg behind the camera. Sci fi was a joke when Blade Runner was released, and it broke a mold that had been used for a LONG time!!!

Posted by: Vile_Sineater on 6/6/2011 9:01:15 AM
Have to chime in: I believe the narration was inserted over Scott's objections, too. Go with the director's cut! I always regard Blade Runner's slow pacing as a strength, not a weakness. Case in point: When Deckard is climbing the stairs on the way to his confrontation with Pris, we have long shots of the rainy stairwell and the creepy floating 'billboard'. How many movies would take that time to breath these days? They go right to the explosions (yuck).

Posted by: spudeus on 6/1/2011 6:46:39 AM
Hey, I loved the Phantom Menace! I'm an offended Star Wars fan! (LOL!)
The only character I HATED was Jar Jar Binks...What a dork...They did not need him at ALL. Darth Maul was awesome, though; you gotta admit!

Posted by: Owlman166 on 6/1/2011 6:28:49 AM
The Phantom Menace is an OK film, it's just a terrible Star Wars film.

Just because a minority of people think a movie is bad, doesn't mean it's not-great. Blade Runner is an exceptional movie. Not perfect, but exceptional.

And while I respect your opinion on Blade Runner and the fact that it differs from mine, you're still wrong. ;)

Posted by: Dairoka on 5/31/2011 8:06:41 AM
@Dairoka: if that is true, then it's the Harrison's fault for doing it that way and the director's fault for allowing it in that way.

I've also found a lot of people who think Star Wars the Phantom Menace is pretty good too, but that doesn't make the movie good.

Posted by: The Le on 5/31/2011 7:19:26 AM
If I'm not mistaken, Harrison Ford was obligated to do the voiceover work after filming. He didn't want to, so he did the most monitone deadpan possible.
And the Library of Congress has deemed the film as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" back in '93, so other people think it's pretty good, too.

Posted by: Dairoka on 5/31/2011 6:08:21 AM
The movie was directed by Ridley Scott (alien), so if you are a fan of his work, then this movie is very good. I myself liked it very much and happy that Pogs were made from that movie. And yes.. there are some good and some bad parts. The original story was written by Philip K. Dick (famous sci-fi writer). And reading his book should be done if you have the time.

Posted by: Philip on 5/30/2011 6:36:17 PM
read the origal story!

Posted by: prekrap on 5/30/2011 2:10:38 PM
Read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Blade Runner is based on it. The movie doesn't come close to the book. The book is one of the best things I've ever read.

Posted by: Diesel on 5/30/2011 2:07:25 PM