Blade Runner ★★★★½

The June Challenge - Film #15

Blade Runner. Two words that pop up in one's mind when discussing or thinking about classic and essential science-fiction films. I took me a long time to watch this one, but I finally did. At first, I was intimated by all of the different cuts and versions there are of the film. "Which one do I choose?", I said to myself. There's the International Cut, Theatrical Cut, Director's Cut and the list goes on. But after many suggestions, I chose the Final Cut, the cut that most people find to be the most complete and satisfying version of Blade Runner. But as you probably already know, I loved this film.

From beginning to end, Blade Runner is fantastic. Even though it was released back in 1982, the film's visuals and effects hold up and don't feel outdated one bit. This is definitely Ridley Scott's best film and his best-directed film, right next to Alien. He shoots everything so well and exactly at the right time. The visuals are very crisp and the set design is great. The city of Los Angeles in 2019 in Blade Runner has to be one of the best designed and filmed dystopian city I've seen in a long time. While i'm talking a lot about the technical side of the film, Blade Runner is also excellent when it comes to characters and story.

I like how Blade Runner isn't fast-paced, action set-piece after action set-piece, like most science-fiction films that are released now. It's not as slow as many complain, but can feel like that at times. Rutger Hauer gives an great performance as the magnificently threatening Roy, who never ceases to be interesting throughout the whole film, unlike Harrison Ford. He doesn't bring the certain excitement that is prevalent in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but he works with what he is given.

Blade Runner is a classic that has truly stood the test of time.