Mike Torchic’s review published on Letterboxd:
Mortality is a scary thing...
We all know we die, but it feels like we live forever. We don't give much thought to it, but we know it's going to happen. Mortality is a main theme in this film. Replicants have a four year lifespan, with many wanting to prolong their life, wanting to do more. We're all afraid of not living our life to the fullest. We're always looking toward the future, but we also look back on the past and think about what we didn't do. Why am I bringing this up, because that's the core idea of this film.
Replicants are frowned down in the futuristic society of........2019. In most cases, they die before they hit that four year mark. They long for a longer, fuller life. While the methods they use to attempt to gain that life may be a bit extreme, their goal is simple. They just want a regular life, like everyone else. Why am I spending time talking about this, I dunno. It's a movie, and movies are supposed to be analyzed so fuck it.
Aside from this fact, Blade Runner is a really great film, and one that I feel will only get better with a rewatch.
The film sets you up with an interesting premise. Four illegal replicants are on the loose, and it's up to our protagonist Rick Deckard to "retire" them. However, along the way more is discovered about them, and about Rick. It brings up the question of mortality, weather Rick is a replicant or not and who can forget the Tears in the Rain soliloquy. Seriously, the tears in the rain sequence may be a new favorite of mine. In fact, the entire ending is spectacular. It kept me guessing what's going to happen next, and the ominous dialogue by Roy during that scene added to that suspense factor. The film combines elements of noir and cyberpunk into one glorious atmosphere. It's dark and gritty, but it has a reason to be that way. The overall aesthetic of the film looks great, and holds up very well for 2017. There were parts in the film that I felt dragged, but luckily they are quickly followed up by something interesting. A lot of the performances in this film aren't that emotional, but I do think there's a reason to that. The dark, desolate and heavily manufactured look of 2019 LA maybe symbolizes the replicants. They're heavily manufactured, devoid of all emotion. This is probably me just over analyzing shit, but idk. Also, after the Tears in the Rain soliloquy I couldn't stop thinking about the Daft Punk song touch. That song is about a robot (or something manufactured) longing to feel emotion. A line towards the end of the song says "you've almost convinced me I'm real". This can be connected to the character of Roy, a manufactured being who longs to be real. Whelp, I did it. I compared a film to Daft Punk, my life is complete. In all seriousness though, Blade Runner is so much more than your typical cyberpunk film. There's a lot to analyze and to look into. On a second viewing I may find more and more to pick out.
Harrison Ford gives one of his best performances in this film. It's pretty subtle, and not overly emotional. Wait....if replicants don't have any emotion.....yup Rick is a replicants. But if replicants only have 4 year lifespans and In the trailer Rick looks older.......goddammit Villeneuve you better give us some answers. Another great performance in this film was Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty. His performance in the climax of the film made the film for me. During the Tears in the rain soliloquy, he manages to convey so much emotion, yet his performance was so subtle. It's hard to describe it, but he conveyed so much emotion....by not giving an emotionally heavy performance.......goddamn it's hard to talk about this film. Literally everyone was great in this film. Even the performances where they may not have the most amount of screen time, they still manage to make their time memorable.
Major props to Ridley Scott for visualizing this world. It's dark, desolate and so pleasing to the eye. I love all things cyberpunk, so I feel like this world was made for me lol. The effects also hold up really well for today, considering the limited technology they had at the time. The visuals and cinematography go hand in hand, and Jordan Cronenweth does a fantastic job. He captures this environment in all it's glory, including every detail. Nothing felt out of place in this film. Like the effects, the filming techniques used in this film make it stand the test of time.
Okay but Vangelis's score to this film was 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit. I'm a synth freak and when I heard this score, It was basically ear porn. It's very atmospheric, capturing the sense of isolation these characters feel. Honestly, this score is too good for words. Even if you don't watch the film, it's still worth a listen.
Overall, I really don't know why I didn't watch Blade Runner sooner, It's fantastic. Everything from the main plot to the deeper meaning had me engaged, and the score and incredible visuals were the cherry on top. If you haven't seen this I highly suggest doing so, you won't be disappointed.