Movie Review: Blade Runner (1982)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer

Directed by: Ridley Scott

In the early 21st century a corporation develops human clones (replicants)to be used as slaves on other planets away from Earth where they are illegal. When a rogue crew of replicants are in hiding in Los Angeles it’s up to blade runner Rick Deckard to track them down.

Blade Runner comes highly recommended and is a huge hit with the critics, it’s a movie that I’ve been meaning to watch for some time now and was recently suggested for me by a reader so after a small break from movies I’ve decided to make my comeback with a classic.

I haven’t had such high hopes for a movie in quite some time and I really thought Blade Runner was going to be everything I thought it was going to be and more. Unfortunately, I found Blade Runner to be vastly overrated and at times fairly boring. The movie seemingly only takes place at night time making everything annoyingly dark and the plot at the beginning is a little hard to figure out and follow. It does become clearer and easier as the movie progresses but by the time that happens the damage has already been done by the first 30/40 minutes of lethargic pace. Another problem Blade Runner has is that its characters are completely uninteresting and you genuinely don’t care what happens to any of them, whether they live or die.

Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckard, a blade runner by profession whose job it is to track down and kill the humanised clones known as replicants. As a blade runner I though Deckard was going to be a bad ass who could hold his own in combat but whenever he comes face to face with a replicant he gets bested every time and has to resort to his gun in order to win. I understand the replicants are superior beings but I though Deckard would be a little more equipped at handling himself better.

Blade Runner was not all doom and gloom and full of negatives as the visuals were impressive to say the least. The quality of the CGI still holds up to this day, some 36 years later, and looks better than some movies produced within the last decade. The costume design and set were also great and I love seeing how older movies show how the future is going to be. Also the performance from Rutger Hauer was the standout performance in an otherwise mediocre display of acting. He’s plays Roy Batty, an eccentric replicant who wants to meet his maker and extend his pre-programmed lifespan. Finally some of the death scenes within the movie are dark and gruesome which adds a little much needed excitement to the movie as large portions of Blade Runner are rather mundane.

Overall, a vastly disappointing movie considering the praise it receives but the visual effects and the artistic nature of the movie salvage an otherwise weak script and story. I will still try and watch Blade Runner 2047 but based on its predecessor I definitely won’t be in any rush to watch it.


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