Batman the Detective
Batman v Superman (extended) review
Review: Dawn of Justice
Deadpool Movie Review
Review: Star Wars Force Awakens
Avengers 2 Movie Review
Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review
Review: X-Men DOFP

Godzilla Review
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Thor: The Dark World (Movie Review)
The Wolverine Review
Man of Steel Review
Iron Man 3 Review
The Dark Knight Fails to Rise
Review: The Dark Knight Rises
Review: Amazing Spider-Man
Review: Spider-Man
Review: Spider-Man 2
Review: Spider-Man 3
Review: The Avengers
Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Review: Thor
Review: Captain America
Green Lantern Movie Reviews
Review: The Doctor's Wife
arrowBlade Runner: A Review Of Sorts
Sucker Punch Analysis
Sucker Punch Review

Blade Runner: A Review Of Sorts
MegaBeth (05/30/2011)
 Page:  1  2  3 

Goto Comments

Heroclix Bystander Tokens Blade RunnerSo What's bad about Blade Runner?

•Character development. Yes, the acting is very good but that doesn't mean we actually care about the characters these talented actors are portraying. Some of the Replicants appear so briefly that we're  barely able to form an impression of them before they're retired (killed). So it is hard to care about their demise since we barely know them.

•Narration. I found Deckard’s narration to be rather grating at times. What was bothersome to me was the lack of any emotion/voice inflection at all. The narration was so monotone and dull, it sounded like Deckard was reading off of a cue card or boring lecture notes. It made me tired and disinterested. And I "get" that at the beginning Deckard is not interested in the job and is disillusioned with life... and as the story goes on we see a detective unraveling an exciting case, recover his humanity/self though falling in love. Shouldn’t that transition reflected in his narration too? Even at the end of the movie he sounds bored, depressed, and disinterested.

•Pacing. The movie really drags at some points. There are some scenes that seem completely pointless and are just excessively “talky”. I don’t want 90 minutes of explosion but I don’t want pointless/meaningless conversations and detective work either.  

Heroclix Bystander Tokens Blade RunnerIn Closing...
Blade Runner is a really great movie, but it falls short of being truly amazing. At the heart of the film is the Replicants attempt to find their creator and prolong their lives. This struggle raises such questions as what is the meaning of existence? Where did we come from and where are we going? Can the creation ever truly triumph over the creator?

Its questions like these that make the film a powerful philosophical work. However, it's undeniable flaws keep it from becoming the masterpiece it should be.

 Page:  1  2  3 

Back to Top

Your Comments:
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