Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★

UPDATE: Read the review for my English class here.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time. Like tears in rain. Time to die." - Batty

So, I had to pick a film to review for my English class, and since Blade Runner 2049 is coming out next weekend, I thought now was a better time than ever to re-visit the 1982 original. Although I'm not as big on Blade Runner as most filmgoers are, I can't deny the overall quality that's present.

The film is fucking gorgeous. Okay, maybe gorgeous isn't the word. It's extremely gloomy, coated in black with only minuscule amounts of blue to contrast. The small amounts of neon is also welcome. You can't go wrong with neon. It's a great film to look at and pay attention to the smaller details.

There's a reason I made my quote be from Batty, played by Rutger Hauer. His performance is so goddamn good. He's easily one of the most "human" characters in the film, even though he's of course one of the Replicants.

But, that's a point that's brought up in Blade Runner. What is it that makes you human? If your memories are "implants", but you act and truly believe that they are memories, does that make them any less than memories?

Also, on my take on whether or not Deckard is a Replicant, I think that he is. There's enough evidence for it. However, I don't think him being a Replicant or not really matters to the plot. Either or doesn't fully affect what the film is trying to say.

I don't exactly dislike things in Blade Runner. But, I think there is one scene and concept that needs to be brought up. The "romance" between Deckard and Rachael. I'm sorry, I don't buy it. It's not set up well at all. The scene in specific when it's set up is very hard to watch and honestly feels a little "rapey". That may not be the best word, but it's the word that comes to mind for me.

Regardless, when it comes to aesthetic and thematic appeal, Blade Runner fulfills. It's very unique and still holds up well after 35 years. As much of a noir film as it is a sci-fi affair. I'm not infatuated by Blade Runner, but it's absolutely at the very least a solid film and an intriguing experience.

I can't wait for Blade Runner 2049. Denis is gonna blow us away.

(Also, when my review for my English class is done, I'll post it here. It'll be a little more in-depth than this.)

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