Blade Runner is a science-fiction classic, one that has stood the test of time and has been influential for other films in the genre for decades. Considered as one of Harrison Ford’s best roles, it is a one of a kind film, one that needs to be experienced multiple times before fully comprehending the visual brilliance Ridley Scott intended to show us all those years ago. The film opens in 2019 and tells the story of Blade Runners, detective whom are charged in tracking and killing replicants, robots with no memories of their own whom have been created by the Tyrell corporation, and getting them to “retire” by eliminating them once found. Harrison Ford plays Deckard, a Blade Runner who is great at what he does. Deckard falls in love with a replicant named Rachael who causes him to doubt about his mission. Deckard is probably Ford’s most famous role after Han Solo and Indiana Jones. He gives an amazing performance here, so subtle yet incredibly nuanced. We are with Deckard from the start until the last frame as we go through this bizarre, almost dreamlike journey with him as he goes on the hunt for Roy Batty, a replicant hell-bent on revenge and who serves as the main antagonist of the film and Rutger Hauer is extremely menacing. Edward James Olmos is also great in this film and has a pretty important role in the storyline of the picture.
The story of Blade Runner is actually fairly simple. We have seen this story in science-fiction before but it’s the narrative structure of this movie that makes the film so unique. Blade Runner is one of the most unique motion pictures ever to have been released, which is why the film isn’t for everyone. It will polarize some and captivate others, but no matter what your thoughts on this movie are, you will have a strong opinion about it. This is a detective noir science-fiction thriller. This isn’t an action film, which is what most people think of when they hear the title “Blade Runner” and that Harrison Ford is the main character. If you go into this movie expecting it to be an action film than you will hate it. I have to admit it took me a few tries to get into Blade Runner. At first I didn’t get the message of the film and what Ridley Scott wanted to show us. But with repeat viewings, it grew on me and Blade Runner is now one of my favorite movies.
Warning: if you are going into this film for the first time, watch the final cut. It is the only cut that should be viewed. During the time of it’s release, the film was critically and financially a failure and this caused Ridley Scott and the producers to change the film numerous times (even adding a terrible narration) due to poor reception, but the final cut is the right cut that you absolutely should watch. Blade Runner is beautifully shot and visually, it’s absolutely flawless. When I watch this film I am immediately transported to another world that feels breathed and lived in and Ridley Scott did a magnificent job directing this movie. It’s one of the best-looking films I’ve ever seen. Visually and emotionally, the film will stick with you long after it is over. The soundtrack is also euphoric and completely transports you to another place when listened too and works in the movie perfectly.
The ending of this film, without giving anything away, is brilliant and completely ambiguous and leaves the viewer to make up his own mind. Overall, Blade Runner is a visually breathtaking, wonderfully acted spectacle of a science-fiction classic that has stood the test of time for decades. It’s too bad she won’t live, but then again, who does?