Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★★

This film is one of those cases that, the more I watch, the more I'm in love with it. For me, "Blade Runner" is a sci-fi masterpiece, and, in my opinion, the best work in Ridley Scott's career. Both this and "Alien" are incredibly influential in cinema history, and although "Alien" is flawless and "Blade Runner" as a few tiny details that I don't like, the scale of the latter is much bigger, and what it tries to accomplish is so much bigger, and do it successfully is one of the most incredible achievements in film.

Enough of kissing butts.

"Blade Runner"'s world building is, as far as I saw, the best dystopic future I've seen in a screen. Everything from the billboards, the flying cars, the neon, all technology seems pretty realistic, but its not overused, and that's what makes it better. It still feels like a normal society, with normal clubs, normal restaurants and normal services, that if we look in perspective, its not far from what we have nowadays that we are so close to 2019, how amazing is that?
Every special effect or practical effect used in this film is flawless. I MEAN FLAWLESS. The level of detail of the Tyrell Corp. pyramid had; the way the cars were depicted; the small, almost imperceptible sometimes, glow of light in the eyes of the replicants (and maybe Deckard of course); even the injuries looked real.
On the visual level, "Blade Runner" is amazing, every shot of it its beautiful and I always get amazed by it every time I watch. Also the score matches how well the world is constructed, because when sometimes is showing the city on the big scale it plays a futuristic weird music that is awesome, but when we are looking at a restaurant or something, we get a more grounded normal score with some touches of weirdness, nothing here was left to chance.

The characters were well written and performed by everyone, and some stuff here wasn't easy, specially the role of Roy Batty required a special touch, I cant really tell what, but the one thing I'm sure is that Rutger Hauer got it perfectly. Every scene with him, every line of dialogue, the legendary final speech, this dude gave one of the best villains in film history. And the more I see of Harrison Ford in the 70' and 80', the more I think he is one of the best actors that ever lived.

Ultimately, what takes "Blade Runner" to a master-piece level, is the questions that are left to interpretation, the perfect choices in what to show and what not to show, and the philosophical discussion that can be open about Artificial Intelligence. In what point is a robot , no longer a robot? Or because he is not flesh and bone he can't be human? What makes us human? Our emotions or our bodies?
These are some interesting discussion that can be taken just because of this film, doesn't even matter what cut you are seeing (because this film has 3).
Now the popular question: Is Deckard a replicant?
After some watches I still don't know, we have some signs, the origami mentioning the dream he never told about, the slight glimpse of light in his eyes. But if I'm being totally honest I think its a bit deeper than that. I think the more important question in this is: if, indeed, Deckard is a Replicant, than what does really differentiate humans from robots?
(I'm aware that the original screenwriter said that Deckard isn't a replicant, but the question may still stand in my opinion).

So if, as I saw in my last review, "Batman V Superman" is a master-piece, then what can I call this? God-Piece? I don't know.
The funny thing is, I'm ditching my Artificial Intelligence class in college to write this. Believe me, its not has interesting as you think.

Have I said I truly love this film??

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