Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blade Runner (1982)

Warner Bros.
Directed by Ridley Scott
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros)

Harrison Ford is a professional killer of androids, here called "replicants", in a futuristic Los Angeles. He is forced out of retirement by the police when a group of replicants arrive to find their maker, the head of a large corporation. He tracks them down one by one, shooting them in grisly fashion (these androids have red blood, apparently). He gets help from the lovely secretary of the corporation, who turns out to be a replicant herself, though a newer generation with no self-awareness of her true identity. They fall in love of course, leading to an open-ended question about Harrison's own status of replicant or human. Production design and atmosphere overwhelm everything here, allowing one to ignore the simplistic plot and lack of characterizations. Ford mumbles and stumbles his way through the role, but is affable. Vangelis' soaring soundtrack further enhances the mood.

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