Thoughts on ‘Blade Runner’ (1982)

Blade Runner (1982) posterIn a future dark and depressing Los Angeles, former cop Rick Deckard is a “blade runner”. These blade runners have one assignment, to terminate “replicants”, advanced androids that looks like real humans. Deckard’s one last assignment is to terminate a group of replicants that commit a bloody mutiny in an off-world colony and now hid in the city. While locating the replicants, Deckard met Rachel, an advanced replicant, and made him question his own identity and motives on this dark world.

Back in my home town during my college years, I frequent a local video renting shop and I usually “borrow” science fiction films. Because of the Internet, my interest on science fiction grew and found out that some of those films were adapted from science fiction novels. One of those authors with works that was adapted into films that I already watched is Philip K. Dick. I already watched on video Total Recall (1990), and on theaters Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003), and The Adjustment Bureau (2011). Surprisingly I haven’t watched the first one: Blade Runner (1982). I have to rectify that since the sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is on its second week (or probably third) run on Philippine cinemas.

Wikipedia summary:

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The script was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. It is a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

When it was revealed that this film is set on Los Angeles year 2019, I chucked. There is an announcement about living on off-world colonies and there are flying cars. It will not be possible to attain those within two years. In order to make this acceptable in my head, I set this move in a parallel world instead.

Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner (1982)

The overall feel of the movie reminded me of Dark City (1998) and Minority Report (2002). I just find out that this is called tech noir, a blend of film noir and futuristic sci fi.

As this is my first viewing of the film, I don’t have much opinion on it. Another viewing might help in the near future.

A line from Rachel the advanced replicant stayed with me:

That Voight-Kampf test of yours. Have you ever tried to take that test yourself?

 

This line is suggesting that we might never be sure if someone is replicant or not.

Quick rating: I like it. (3 out of 5 stars)

I am also putting Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on top of my reading pile.

What’s next: I hope I can catch Blade Runner 2049 (2017) in the cinema.

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