speedy 🤙’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE FINAL CUT
Blade Runner, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, is about Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) being brought in by his old boss for a task in his old job as a blade runner. He must hunt for bioengineered beings known as replicants who escaped their world and came to earth to meet their maker. He must find them and “retire” them. “Retire” as in kill. While searching for the replicants, he finds a female one who he starts to have feelings for. Deckard must stay focused however and find and retire the rogue replicants and their leader, Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer).
This movie is visually outstanding! For a movie that was released in 1982, it was way ahead of its time. The amazing vision of Ridley Scott was brilliantly brought to life. I love the visuals and feel of dark and gritty futuristic Los Angeles in 2019. There are no bright and colorful scenes and I loved it. The visuals of flying cars, huge buildings, huge screens on the buildings, etc. For these visuals to be in a movie in 1982 completely blows my mind. The cinematography as well is perfect. There are some great wide shots of indoors and the city. There are some good use of lighting for the indoor scenes. The music and score are also great and really fit the movie.
Performances are great. Harrison Ford, of course, has a great performance but one perfomance that outshines it is Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty. He brings such a menacing trait to his character and also has one unbelievably great line near the end of the movie. Harrison Ford does a good job as a selfish cop. Sean Young was fine as the female replicant, Rachel, who falls for Deckard. Everyone else did a good job.
I do have some nitpicks. The first one being the pacing. The movie is only an hour and 57 minutes but the pacing is really slow and makes the movie hard to stay focused in. There are slow scenes where nothing his happening and it really took me out of the movie. Another nitpick would be the romance between Deckard and Rachel. I didn’t buy it and they only shared limited amount of screen time together. Everything else was great.
Overall, this movie is one to be talked about forever. Whether it’s for its amazing visuals, outstanding production design, solid storytelling, anything, it will be talked about because Blade Runner is phenomenal 5/5.
The movie is really better after a second viewing.
Can’t wait for Blade Runner 2049!!!