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A classic sci fi adventure??
Blade Runner (Remastered Directors Cut) (DVD)
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Blade Runner (Remastered Directors Cut) (DVD)
Advantages: Idea of the replicants
Disadvantages: Not enough action and slow pacing
Blade Runner - The Final Cut aka Director's Cut aka 25th Anniversary Edition
FILM ONLY REVIEW
There are a few different versions of this movie. This review is for the directors's cut version aka the 25th Anniversary Edition, released in 2007.
It was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Harrison Ford. I didn't recognise any of the other actors in this.
== Plot synopsis ==
It is set in Los Angeles in 2019. We are told at the start of the movie via a short written introduction that a company, the Tyrell Corporation early in the 21st century has designed robots that are practically the same as humans. They are known as Replicants and are more powerful than and maybe even intelligent than their human creators. (You have to remember that this was originally released in 1982, so 2019 must have seemed a long way off).
I think the replicants are genetically engineered humans, rather than robots from what I could make out from the rest of the story. They are used as slave labour on other planets. Any replicants found on Earth are killed by special police men known as Blade Runners.
Dekard (Harrison Ford) is a former Blade Runner who is coerced into hunting down 4 replicants who have managed to come to Earth. The replicants have been programmed to have a lifespan of 4 years. The police think they have come here to try to find a way to extend their life.
The viewer follows Dekard's journey as he hunts them down whilst at the same time questioning the morality of what he is doing . . .
== My thoughts ==
This is the first time I've watched this movie. I have heard a lot of good things about it, but I didn't think it was a classic as portrayed by everyone else who has seen it.
It is a sci-fi movie with strong elements of film noir. It reminded me of a detective novel but based in the future. Also, I thought it was similar to The Matrix and The Terminator in the themes it explored like religion, morality and what makes you human.
I liked the acting of the leader of the replicants, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer). He was able to show the different emotions he was feeling like guilt, rage and anger. I didn't really think much of Dekard (Ford). All he seemed to do was get beaten up and be grumpy.
I found the pacing of the movie to be extremely slow. I was thinking this would be a pure action movie like the aforementioned Terminator or Matrix, but this crawls along for the most part, apart from a few brief spurts of violence. The main character, Dekard spends most of the time being beaten up which is not what I want to watch in an action movie. Also, I noticed that the only characters he kills in the movie are females. I couldn't help thinking that he should really carry more firepower around with him if the replicants are so strong and maybe have a swat team nearby to back him up.
There is some pornography in this but nothing too strong I think. It is rated for 15 years and older.
I thought some of the music / sound effects during the movie sounded dated and a bit 1980's with the kind of synthesisers that were used. There's a love scene between Dekard and a female character in the movie. I thought the use of a saxophone playing in the background during this, was very clichéd.
I did like the soundtrack right at the end credits which reminded me of music used in games from that era.
Considering when this was originally made (1982), I thought they did quite well on constructing a futuristic world. The technology and buildings seemed plausible like the flying hover cars and the computer Deckard uses to scan a photo into, so he can manipulate and enlarge it.
The ending was left to open-ended for my liking though, and I didn't enjoy the final battle that takes place. Not that it is a real battle. Most of it is one-sided.
== Price and availability ==
The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of Blade Runner: The Final Cut is currently selling for £9.99 with free delivery on Amazon.
== Summary and recommendation ==
Overall, I'd have to give this 2 stars. I didn't really feel there was much to keep me interested. I liked certain parts, but it lacked action. It manages to create a believable sci-fi future and I liked the way the replicants were portrayed as being more compassionate than the normal humans. But it's a movie I wasn't able to get into.
I have read that Ridley Scot is planning on filming a sequel and hopefully he will do a better job with that, when it comes to pacing.
Summary: Harrison Ford gets beaten up repeatedly