B is for Blade Runner

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This is my all-time-favourite film. No exceptions.

In Blade Runner, Ridley Scott set a very high standard which, in my opinion, no other sci-fi film has been able to top. After viewing it you will be able to point to virtually every science fiction movie since which has stolen a little bit of Scott’s vision.

Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckard, a retired Blade Runner who has to rejoin the force to track down four escaped Nexus-6 model replicants who have arrived on earth from off-world. These androids are exceptionally lifelike and believe they are human. They are even programmed with false memories of a past they never experienced, and are given photographs of family they never had. They are also built to die: to last for a very short predetermined time.

The four β€˜skin-jobs’ are here on earth to find their maker and ask why their lives are so short, why they have their memories, why they are here.

And this is the what the film is really about.

As humans we often look for answers to these questions. Philosophers, priests and Shamen have been searching for an answer to the question of what life is all about. Ridley Scott explores this Big Question by turning the tables and asking what if WE are the makers? What answers could we find to give our creations?

The leader of the replicants, Roy Batty, is played by Rutger Hauer. A scene very near the end shows us that when he was at the moment of his death, Batty realised exactly how precious life is. He gives a speech which reduces me to tears every time I hear it. In fact, I get teary even thinking about it. It’s no surprise that I fell in love with Rutger during this film.

There is romance – Deckard falls for the niece of Tyrell, the head of the corporation who manufactures the replicants. She is a replicant herself and there is always the unanswered question of whether Deckard is also an android. The smart money says yes, and I have to agree with them.

The movie is set in Los Angeles of 2019, a place where only the poor and physically imperfect live. There is constant darkness and rain and it looks a thoroughly depressing place to live. The word dystopian could have been invented just to describe this environment.

Although the film is based on the Phillip K Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, it is probably more different from it than alike.

Please watch this movie. It is a classic and thoroughly deserves being in virtually every Top 100 poll around.

Starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer.
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43 Comments

  1. great pot, Nettie, and a superb film, which bore little resemblance to Dick’s novel. For me, Hauer stole the movie from Ford.

    BTW, caught a documentary about it some time ago and in it they insisted that Deckard, too, was a replicant. Moot point.

  2. great pot, Nettie, and a superb film, which bore little resemblance to Dick’s novel. For me, Hauer stole the movie from Ford.

    BTW, caught a documentary about it some time ago and in it they insisted that Deckard, too, was a replicant. Moot point.

  3. Glynis Smy
    Apr 2, 2012

    One of DH’s favourites. I think we have watched it several times now. πŸ˜€

  4. Glynis Smy
    Apr 2, 2012

    One of DH’s favourites. I think we have watched it several times now. πŸ˜€

  5. cameronlawton
    Apr 2, 2012

    Big thanks for that Nettie – this must be one of the many films that has slipped through my viewing net – I love Rutger Hauer. He captured my heart with that slight accent when advertising Guiness – something else I used to love at the time!

    Must make a note to watch this when it is next on the box.

  6. cameronlawton
    Apr 2, 2012

    Big thanks for that Nettie – this must be one of the many films that has slipped through my viewing net – I love Rutger Hauer. He captured my heart with that slight accent when advertising Guiness – something else I used to love at the time!

    Must make a note to watch this when it is next on the box.

  7. Nikki
    Apr 2, 2012

    Hey! Nice post and lovely blog πŸ™‚ I love the picture across the top. I liked reading about you on the first page – it was sweet to hear about how you used to write stories like that!

    I’ve never seen this film but you’ve made me want to watch it now πŸ™‚

    I like your blog very much, it’s lovely to meet you!

    Nikki – inspire nordic

  8. Nikki
    Apr 2, 2012

    Hey! Nice post and lovely blog πŸ™‚ I love the picture across the top. I liked reading about you on the first page – it was sweet to hear about how you used to write stories like that!

    I’ve never seen this film but you’ve made me want to watch it now πŸ™‚

    I like your blog very much, it’s lovely to meet you!

    Nikki – inspire nordic

  9. I don’t think I’ve seen it since it came out. I was probably too young to truly appreciate it. Thanks for the post and I think I’ll go grab it from the library for my Friday night movie!
    Pamela

  10. Derek Flynn
    Apr 2, 2012

    One of my all-time faves as well, Nettie. But do you prefer the original version or director’s cut?

    • nettiewriter
      Apr 2, 2012

      Oh, glad it’s your favourite too. You know, I think I prefer the director’s cut as it’s exactly how he wants it to be seen. I know he fixed a few bloopers in the DC and I also prefer not having the HF narration over the top – I am right that it’s the DC which is missing this, aren’t I? I have several versions of the film on DVD and Blu ray and get confused πŸ™‚
      How about you? Which is your favourite?

      • Derek Flynn
        Apr 7, 2012

        Yeah, you’re right, the non HF narration is DC. That’s my fave too. I like the fact that it’s alluded too that he could be a replicant also. And it doesn’t have that pat ending in the car. (The outside footage of which is taken from The Shining, trivia fans!) πŸ˜‰

  11. Michael Abayomi
    Apr 2, 2012

    Hey. I’m a fellow participant in the A-Z Challenge, and I’m also doing a movie theme. Coincidentally, Blade Runner was one of the influences of the movie I highlighted today:

    http://michaelabayomi.blogspot.com/2012/04/batman-begins-movie-review.html

    I loved Blade Runner by the way. Though I have a slight preference for the source material, if only because of the movie’s excruciatingly slow pacing.

    • nettiewriter
      Apr 2, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by, Michael. I don’t find it slow, strangely enough, but I can see why some folk do. Maybe I am just so familiar with it now. Off to have a look at your review too.

  12. Michael Abayomi
    Apr 2, 2012

    Hey. I’m a fellow participant in the A-Z Challenge, and I’m also doing a movie theme. Coincidentally, Blade Runner was one of the influences of the movie I highlighted today:

    http://michaelabayomi.blogspot.com/2012/04/batman-begins-movie-review.html

    I loved Blade Runner by the way. Though I have a slight preference for the source material, if only because of the movie’s excruciatingly slow pacing.

    • nettiewriter
      Apr 2, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by, Michael. I don’t find it slow, strangely enough, but I can see why some folk do. Maybe I am just so familiar with it now. Off to have a look at your review too.

  13. writeanne
    Apr 2, 2012

    I’ve never seen it – husband has and loved it, but he is big sci-fi fan/buff. I didn’t think it would be for me but you’ve inspired me to watch it. πŸ™‚

    • nettiewriter
      Apr 2, 2012

      Oh, I hope you enjoy it. I’m a big sci-fi nerd too πŸ™‚

  14. writeanne
    Apr 2, 2012

    I’ve never seen it – husband has and loved it, but he is big sci-fi fan/buff. I didn’t think it would be for me but you’ve inspired me to watch it. πŸ™‚

  15. Nettie,
    Love this film. And loving you blogging every day!
    Anyway, yes, great movie and great post.
    Can I also add, the soundtrack is amazing, so apt to the film, but also lovely to listen to on its own. Saying that, I haven’t listened to it for ages. *scurries off to find the cd*
    Elpi

    • nettiewriter
      Apr 3, 2012

      Ah, yes, I forgot to mention that. Guess what’s on my playlist today…? Thanks, Elpi x

  16. Nettie,
    Love this film. And loving you blogging every day!
    Anyway, yes, great movie and great post.
    Can I also add, the soundtrack is amazing, so apt to the film, but also lovely to listen to on its own. Saying that, I haven’t listened to it for ages. *scurries off to find the cd*
    Elpi

    • nettiewriter
      Apr 3, 2012

      Ah, yes, I forgot to mention that. Guess what’s on my playlist today…? Thanks, Elpi x

  17. Julie
    Apr 3, 2012

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. The movie is very different from the book. but I agree it is not to say I prefer one or the other. I am a Harrison Ford fan, as well. I love your posts on sci fi movies. I am a big sci fi fan – books, shows and movies.

  18. Julie
    Apr 3, 2012

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. The movie is very different from the book. but I agree it is not to say I prefer one or the other. I am a Harrison Ford fan, as well. I love your posts on sci fi movies. I am a big sci fi fan – books, shows and movies.

  19. thestuffinbetween
    Apr 5, 2012

    I never wanted to watch it, because it didn’t seem this interesting on the surface. Even the title was a turn off. But from your review, I will be interested to see it now!

    Thanks, Nettie πŸ™‚

  20. thestuffinbetween
    Apr 5, 2012

    I never wanted to watch it, because it didn’t seem this interesting on the surface. Even the title was a turn off. But from your review, I will be interested to see it now!

    Thanks, Nettie πŸ™‚

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