With the sequel getting released last week, I wanted to the original – Blade Runner (1982), before I watch the newly released. Blade Runner (1982) Final Cut is a Sci-Fi movie that I heard about many times but haven’t watched. Starring Harrison Ford, directed by Ridley Scott, it was based on famous Sci-Fi author Philip K.Dick‘s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“. It was interesting to see this film for the first time, 35 years after it was made.
The story happens in 2019 in a dystopian Los Angeles, Elisyum (2013)‘s inspiration, where genetically modified beings called replicants are off limits. If the replicants from other worlds enter Earth, they are to be retired (killed) by a special police force called Blade Runners. The story follows one of them, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), and how he retires four replicants who have recently entered Earth illegally. In between, we do see Rick falling in love with another replicant Rachael (Sean Young). There are the usual Hollywood chasings, shootings, hanging from tall buildings and so on.
The opening visual of flying cars, sky-high buildings were breath-taking – thinking this was all originally visualised and designed in 1982, was unbelievable. As per Wikipedia, there are multiple interpretations on whether Blade Runner himself was a replicant, I felt him not to be a replicant but a man with the usual weakness and emotions that come with one.
A good film to watch – to see how you can tell a simple cop chase story, in a compelling way with a dose of Sci-Fi.