Roman Arbisi’s review published on Letterboxd:
On the big screen.
As perfect as movies get. The set design drips with personality and distinctiveness. The last of the light shines through artificially crafted neon signs, banners, and machinery. The neon dragon with the flickering tongue is an all-time favorite piece of sound design. Unforgettable.
The characters here each represent a figure, a journey, a path, but their interests all remain mutual. That longing for longevity, for experience, that yearn for life. Clinging to those memories that define them and creating those motivations that make them so infinitely human in their internal struggle against the artifice of the world they live in. Everything around them is technical, complex, mastered, aching with sharp corners and deep pitfalls towards the soaked concrete. Filling that up is the structures of life.
Living, walking, talking entities that define and give personality to a world that seems to no longer have any. This is a film that has had so many thinkpieces, words, and eyes on it, that mine may just sound redundant in the grand scheme of things, but this is an experience that gets better everytime. Truly one of the greatest artistic achievements ever made. Seek it out on the biggest screen possible whenever it plays near you.
R.I.P Rutger Hauer