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Being a huge film fan and novice screenwriter I had heard a lot of buzz about studying the movie Blade Runner. I bought this DVD years ago when it had the "director's cut' written on it. I had heard the controversy of then young Harrison Ford's horrible narration with lack of emotion ruined the first run of this movie. I did not miss it at all here.
I can see how many might not like the slow-paced mood of this movie but they must remember that this is a throw back to the 1950s film noir of the smooth detective story with the detective narrating the tale. I knew that before I bought it so I was willing to take the time with the movie to let the story unfold.
If you take away all of the futuristic eye-popping (at the time) realization of the future, you just basically have a story of a sort of bounty hunter that captures and kills what is called replicants. Replicants look act and seem just like humans, but with a twist, they can turn bad like people.
The main female character's fashion is a complete throwback to the actresses of the 1940s in hair, floor-length dress and attitude. All of these points maybe can only be appreciated by film lovers, and those who just 'got it' which made this a cult classic. This character had another controversy for movie watchers because she hinted toward being a replicant herself...but she could dream. These robots were given such detail of humans that they were created with dreams - but the exact same dream. It is hinted that maybe these robots themselves believe themselves to be human.
Just like the mind twister of "Inception" that gets the audience to debate real or not real - this 80s tale was asking that same question. Also, it has been heavily debated that Harrison's Ford's character maybe a replicant himself which a character confronts him to ask himself.
One may ask why is this such a big deal? It is all part of the fun that surrounded this movie that made people think.
There are other points that made this enjoyable for a 1980s audience.
The set designers actually use a kitchen appliance in this pre-CG fully realized miniaturized city that comes off very well on the big screen. This was a high technical movie that before CG depended heavily on creative elements that existed in the real world. The famous scene of flying over the city takes a long detailed tour of how high-tech this future world has become. Audiences today could barely wait for many nuances such as these. Taking time to set up the atmosphere everywhere characters go.
Because of this without any use of words you notice that there is a hint that in this futuristic world from a 1982-point of view has somehow been invaded by China as you see all the innuendos, food and advertising placed throughout the American city. It could be Chinatown and I missed it, but I enjoyed to see that idea because there is always this idea it could happen and to see it realized add to my vision of the city.
All these fun points that many movie goers still debate online about is a plus for us film lovers who love to jump directly into the screen and share the experience with the rest of the world and characters. Movie Magic.
Audiences today wouldn't have the attention span for the added scenes making this a 2-hour fare, the non-cg futuristic world and the very slow pace. There is only one storyline and that is to chase a few replicants and kill them.
I have been waiting years for when they say they are re-doing Blade Runner. They should leave it alone UNLESS they can add to the fare. Here the non CG world still helps the imagination go into another world and making it exactly the same with updated CG might actually take away from the story because I feel no one will be able to capture the slow-pace mood of the story.
It would be best to take the storyline and make this a fast-pace back to the summer blockbuster era and call it something else. Because if you try to make Blade Runner, you will not satisfy the hard core fans because the small things we love about the little details. Then trying to stick to the Blade Runner non-story element will not keep current audiences interested as well. I see why they keep away from a remake and actually applaud them.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older