Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★½

''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.''

The Final Cut

A long and windy road has been traversed with Blade Runner and I feel that my difficult to articulate ambivalence towards it has been chipped away with each viewing, to the point now that I am excited to dive back into its dystopian ocean when the urge arrives. It is impossible to fault the film aesthetically, but when it comes down to the narrative, I often feel at a distance by the time the film ends. Upon this viewing I really began to get on board with its philosophical reach and existential extent, and even though the debate on Deckard's true identity may have been ended by Scott's admission that he is indeed a replicant, one can't help but still ponder the implications of that and what it means to the film's ultimate themes. Perhaps my only hesitation with giving this the full love it probably deserves is Ford's understated performance, which makes perfect sense if he is an artificial human, but still leaves me a little at arm's reach - but maybe that is just what I need to keep coming back and trying to crack the film open completely.

Now I gotta see some of those other cuts again, the voice-over narrated version awaits me...

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