Abdul Moeed Qurishi’s review published on Letterboxd:
“As sci-fi movies go Blade Runner is nor cheesy nor filled with action rather it lets its unique and promising storytelling do the work, all with Ridley Scott’s mesmerizing direction and hypnotic realistic visuals. Around every other sci-fi dystopian movie is one way or another influenced by Blade Runner, it's not just classic it's more than that.”
Usually, back in the day whenever the film had science fiction elements, the film would become highly predictable and mostly about the dystopian earth, Blade Runner simply does that but with some visual masterpiece by Ridley Scott, we see a normal and plain story from very stunning epitomes. Blade Runner is set in future 2019, where Los Angeles is now a futuristic city with flying cars, Tyrell Corporation as advanced in technology by creating The Replicants, a synthetic cyborgs that worked as slaves off planets however after Nexus 6 revolt back and return to earth illegally, it's up to Blade Runners to retire them, by killing them of course. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) takes up his last assignment as Blade Runner where he meets unusual, young Replicant Rachael (Sean Young) who not questions Deckard’s humanity but also falls in love with Deckard. After almost 20 years Blade Runner looks stylish and exciting since its police procedural format movie where Dickard investigates and finds the group of Replicants who is on the run after killing one of Tyrell employees. Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) acts as the antagonist. The script is so intellectual even considering that film as a futuristic theme, there are mind and a soul to the story. Its smartly and clear fully written about not only human but cyborg mind. Rather than going for action sci-fi Ridley Scott remains philosophical with his approach. There are questions left answered, questions that will arise surely but like our main character, in the end, Deckard, you will have also have deep thoughts in the end. Replicants themselves are interesting since they look like humans but don’t emote like them however a young Replicant is unable to do, an older Replicant might be able to emote emotions like Human and that is why Replicants have an only 4-year lifespan. Los Angeles is another thing which is shown with great promise, minus the flying cars and replicants I believe filmmakers forecasted LA perfectly, it's heavily polluted and overpopulated with different ethnicities. When I say the film is a pantheon of science fiction genre is it not understated because the film was and will remain years ahead of its time, not only the moral story but visually its outstanding, flying cars, hi-tech LA. All the special effects make the film and its world very gritty, Ridley Scott as I said in previous reviews of his film that he has mastered the skill of telling a science fiction story, the way he uses backgrounds and special effects are as integral as any of actors in his film, Blade Runner being one of his earliest films, makes you wonder if this where it all started. Blade Runner is also very shy of using any type of background music while it does feature its very quiet film. Many scenes include crowd noise, flying cars in the background to let the flow of grittiness, it's very subtle and you might not notice but the film is quite silent. Performance-wise film is okay, nothing fancy however final moments of Roy Batty, Rutger Hauer gives us chilling and maddening performance, his swan song scene is masterful and pitch-perfect, I believe its one of greatest movie deaths ever. So Blade Runner looks at what makes us human, its final speech is perhaps the most influential speeches and death of all time. Much of Blade Runner leaves you thinking and lets you interpret the end game for yourself. Mostly I believe open key themes in plot deliver more shallow film however that is not the case of Blade Runner it is an unusual approach by Scott but its welcome. For people like me who haven’t seen this yet, I ask you to watch this and explore its masterful storytelling which has thought-provoking themes, its sci-fi but there is not much action in it, it’s a poem, a symphony.
Solid cast performance. Exceptional visuals and special effects. Thought-provoking and moving themes about humans. Pleasing film. Rutger Hauer's final speech. Gritty and dirty cinematography.