Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★½

Ridley Scott - Ranked
Movies I’ve Seen at Special Theater Screenings

"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."

Viewed the Final Cut

Blade Runner is kind of one of those movies that I've seen a couple of times over the years but I can't, for the life of me, remember anything about two weeks after I view it. I'm still not so sure that the events of the movie are that satisfying or that the movie is inherently exciting throughout, but it sure is an interesting, beautiful-looking film that deals with some very engrossing themes and is indisputably a marvel of the sci-fi genre.

This viewing really made me fall in love with the production design by Lawrence G. Paull. It is simply spectacular. The way he captures a dystopian, decaying Los Angeles with rainy, neon-soaked streets and dilapidated housing projects absolutely blew me away. It gives the film a smoky, dark quality that really supports the noir pedigree of the entire experience. The electronic score by Vangelis is amazing as well, a perfect accompaniment to a futuristic setting such as this.

The story deals with some weighty themes, namely what it means to be human, what really makes us who we are, the nature of dreams, memories, etc., that left me with much to think about when the movie was over. Aesthetically, it earns the star rating I gave it. I just find myself a little unsatisfied by the ending and some of elements of the story.

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