Blade Runner

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Visually, Blade Runner is a masterpiece. The cinematography is breathtaking. The world building alone is so fantastic and enthralling, I found myself scrutinizing every scene in order to take everything in. I wanted to see more of it, to explore the dark alleys and crazy streets of this futuristic Los Angeles.

The musical score is phenomenal. Futuristic, ambient tones saturate your senses and draw you deeper into the world. Every scene is coupled with the perfect selection of background music.

Unfortunately, Blade Runner is marred by a terrible script, mediocre acting, and a sparse plot.

The first half of the movie is interesting, but it quickly falls apart when you realize that the whole film is about Deckard (Harrison Ford) hunting Replicants. I realize that is the job of a Blade Runner, but I just expected more of a story. I’m also aware of the ‘is Deckard a Replicant?’ question, but I found myself wondering if it would matter. Would I care?

Another problem I had with Blade Runner was the atrocious acting. Harrison Ford gave a mediocre performance, while I found Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah and William Sanderson to be nearly unwatchable. To be fair, this could be attributed to the awful script.

A lot of the action scenes were downright goofy. I realize that this is a film from 1982, but I couldn’t help but cringe at Pris (Daryl Hannah) flipping around. Roy (Rutger Hauer) howling like a wolf and ramming his head through a wall was also laughable.

Blade Runner was certainly ahead of its time in many regards, and paved the way for science fiction movies. However, it is very much an example of style over substance, and left me feeling mostly disappointed.

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