Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★½

Blade Runner is a 1982 science fiction neo-noir film directed by Ridley Scott, and written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, it is loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film is set in a dystopian future in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of advanced replicants led by Roy Batty escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard reluctantly agrees to hunt them down.

The Flashback Cinema offering at the local theater this week. I saw this when it first came out in '82, I've seen a few versions since, but this version is the only one that Scott had complete artistic control over. One of the most influential films ever, was a flop when first released and has since become a cult classic. Visually stunning, the cinematography, production/costume design, editing, an inspired score by Vangelis, all add to this being one of Scott's best directing efforts. There's really nothing to say other than this is a masterpiece of filmmaking.

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