Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blade Runner (1982)

Synopsis: Grumpy android-killer realizes he doesn’t like his job, and never has enough good sense to get out of the rain.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21rst-century Los Angeles. He’s a ‘blade runner’ stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human.”

What Did I Learn?: We’re only seven years away from enjoying off-world colonies, flying cars and extremely loud and invasive zeppelin ads in Japanese.

Really?: 1) So, if Deckard is actually a replicant, why didn’t the cops “retire” him after he quit the police force? 2) It’s 2019, and people are still using payphones and smoking indoors. 3) How does Batty (Rutger Hauer) know Deckard’s name during the final chase scene?

Rating: Blade Runner is a science fiction masterpiece. The film offers a visually stunning vision of the future (or Yonge-Dundas Square!) as well as a suspenseful storyline, several strong performances and some hauntingly beautiful moments (the scene when Deckard informs Rachel her memories actually those of Tyrell’s niece will stay with me for a long time). Highly recommended. 10/10 stars.

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