Ridley Scott’s 1982 futuristic thriller “Blade Runner” is a bold and visionary experience. You just love looking at the skyscrapers, the crappy streets, the rainy environments, the flying ships, and the Hong Kong neon signs. You also love hearing the score by Vangelis, who makes this movie sound futuristic. And you just love the personality placed in both the humans and the androids.
The movie takes place in Los Angeles 2019 (now in 2017, we can say “that’s 2 years from now”), where bioengineered being called “replicants” are now rendered illegal, and cops known as “Blade Runners” are sent to “retire” (kill) them. And to make sure whether you are a human or replicant, you are given a series of questions.
Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, an ex-blade runner, who is called back into action, when four replicants (Rutger Hauer, Joanna Cassidy, Daryl Hannah, and Brion James) illegally come to Earth to extend their lives since replicants are given 4 years to live.
On the case, he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a replicant, who believes she is human, and is given false memories by her maker Dr. Tyrell (Joe Turkel), the creator of the replicants. And his boss (M. Emmet Walsh) also tells Deckard to retire her.
“Blade Runner” is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” and was nominated 2 Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects. It’s a great looking, listening, and feeling film with a fresh direction done by Ridley Scott and vibrating performances from Ford, Young, and Hauer. It’s a Sci-Fi classic that ranks with “Star Wars” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Arriving on 4K Blu-Ray September 5 and Playing at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations August 31.