Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Viewed 'The Final Cut'

Blade Runner, unlike many visually striking cash grabs, has a soul. A soul not fully realizable unless you let it in. Once you do, Ridley Scott's second cinematic landmark in four years will shine brightly and entrap you in a world full of questions, fear and anxiety.

That given, I wasn't able to fully appreciate it until a second viewing. No, it wasn't because I watched the theatric release or the supposed 'director's cut'. It was because I let myself see through it in a different light. A special type of noir can do that to you.

When it comes to the 1980s, there are some sci-fi milestones: The Empire Strikes Back, The Terminator, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial to name a few. Blade Runner, however, is deserved of the top spot. The reason: it means so much more.

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