4 July 2017

Blade Runner

Blade Runner 1987 (1991 version, director’s cut)
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Based on the book by Philip K Dick
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Darryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, M Emmet Walsh, William Sanderson, Brion James
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Harrison Ford – Star Wars the Force Awakens, The Fugitive, Presumed Innocence, Working Girl, The Mosquito Coast, Witness, The Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, American Graffiti
    • Rutger Hauer – Batman Begins, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Dark Knight, Babel
    • Darryl Hannah – Kill Bill 1 & 2, Steel Magnolias, Clan of the Cave Bear
    • Edward James Olmos – Selena, Stand and Deliver, Hill Street Blues
    • M Emmet Walsh – Wild Wild West, X Files, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Romeo &Juliet, Raising Arizona, Silkwood, Alice’s Restaurant
    • William Sanderson – Dharma and Greg, X Files
  • Why? Interesting enough film
  • Seen: Twice before. Now 1 July 2017      

       Thirty-five years. Unloved, they say, when it was released, Blade Runner has become a classic. What I remember is only that it was somewhat interesting but not what it’s about. Something futuristic and chaotic.
       Oh yes, bad robots. In 2019. Oh wow, that’s only two years away. I don’t think we’re in for a robot rebellion, nor do we have any off-world slaves as yet. Why didn’t he make it 2219? Or 2319? Did 2019 really seem so far in the future back then?
       Deckard (Ford) is a Blade Runner, a cop who hunts and kills murderous rebellious robots. Deck himself is a rebel, a macho arrogant loner. I dislike him instantly.
       The robots are indistinguishable from humans. Their memories are fake, implanted.
       It reminds me of Stalker – more colour, more people, gaudy instead of bleak, but stilted and slow, impenetrable and pretentious. For all the drama and romance and violence it’s not very memorable. Which is why I don’t remember it though I’ve seen it twice before.
       But it’s visually aesthetic and the basic premise of robots wanting to be human is a good one. In a few years’ time I’ll probably say, ‘Oh yes. I don’t remember it so well but I remember that there was something somewhat interesting about it.’
       The music is good. But the movie could have been and should have been much better.

2 * of 5   

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