Blade Runner ★★★★

In just a few opening lines, Hampton Fancher & David Peoples create an instantly intriguing science fiction world that Ridley Scott instantly breathes to life in the very first shots. Immediately, I was blown away at the detail and care put into this alternate future of Los Angeles. The world is so cohesive that even the score blends seamlessly into the city surrounding Deckard. Ridley Scott proved 3 years prior his ability to create genre films in a sci-fi setting, but Blade Runner's neo-noir aesthetic is a giant leap forward in terms of scale from Alien's horror elements. The wet, steaming streets, urban isolation, and insanely expressive lighting is the greatest homage to 50's noir I've seen. And it goes without saying, of course, that the cinematography is beautiful as well.

Blade Runner is definitely a slow movie; I'm torn even calling it a thriller. But again, in the context of 50's noir films like The Killing or Double Indemnity, its pacing is right on par. Unfortunately, while the world, concepts, and characters are engrossing, the actual plot seemed pretty lost in itself, and I almost missed the debated "twist" of Deckard's character. The movie's final 30 minutes depended on relationships between characters that, for me, weren't really built upon enough throughout the film. But I'm sure this is the type of movie that gets better the more you watch it; there is just so much great content to absorb on the first viewing.

If anything, Blade Runner is the definitely most beautiful science fiction film I've ever seen, but to be fair, I've yet to watch the sequel.

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