Marc Persico’s review published on Letterboxd:
So, Blade Runner is apparently set in 2019, with flying cars, holograms, and other highly advanced technology, it seems filmmakers in the 80’s had some high expectations of current generations, boy would they be disappointed.
I really enjoyed the whole Sci-Fi / Noir theme here - the jazzy tunes and detective story combined with the futuristic world and tech, it’s unlike anything I’d seen before. In all honesty, I wasn’t sold on Blade Runner at the beginning, but its second act had an interesting shift in tone that really made it for me. The film embraces the thriller genre and the thrill of the chase, it’s antagonist Roy and Pris become absolutely menacing and their role in the final act had me bloody tense, Roy being absolutely brutal at times. Meanwhile, the iconic Harrison Ford plays his epic role nothing short of phenomenally, anther one of his many parts that he was simply born to play.
The artificial animals, holographic advertising, and organic robotics, all of these ideas made for some really impressive world-building. Impressive because filmmakers often take whole franchises to build their worlds, filmmaker Ridley Scott was able to do so much in just one. Overall I’m just really surprised by how well this film was made, considering the era, particularly the futuristic city - oddly shaped buildings and bright neon colours, it’s all put together really well.
A worthy mention is the Asian presence in the film, I read somewhere that it’s a result of increased Chinese immigration in America during this time and the future here reflects that, intriguing stuff.
I’m slowly but surely making my way through the classics I’d missed out on.