In anticipation of the “Blade Runner: 2049” movie coming out in October starring Ryan Gosling (with a surprise appearance by Harrison Ford), I decided to take the advice of a couple of people and hunker down to watch the original. I was pleasantly surprised.
Don’t get me wrong, I love 80’s movies. Terminator, Alien, and Nightmare on Elm Street are some of my favorites, but there IS something a little bit tricky about 80’s movies. They can either remain relevant or come off as dated.
There are a few things that people may not necessarily be able to relate to in this film (example, there is one scene where there are glowing neon lights that advertise the now extinct “Atari”) and the movie takes place in 2019 (unfortunately we still don’t have those flying cars yet, but we’re all waiting with baited breath) and Polaroid pictures are used when printing out police evidence pictures (I do think the brand Polaroid is still used, just not to the extent that they were once used).
However, there are also some really cool things that the movie incorporates that make it “feel” real to this generation. For instance, the use of a system similar to “Face Timing” where you can make a call and the other person sees you. To be fair, there are other forms of TV and movies that have also shown this type of communication-for instance in Back to the Future II, Marty McFly is fired by his boss through a “Face Timing” system, still I liked that this film acknowledges a video calling system as a possibility as well.
Rather than rely on fancy science fiction effects, the movie chooses to present us with an old, dirty city that is overpopulated, run down, and swarmed with advertisements convincing people to leave the chaos of the metropolis life for a new world. Perhaps the only “futuristic” element in the film other than flying cars are the scenes that close in on Tyrell Corp. The building itself is shaped like mountain upon mountain of flat pyramids. It is lit up with many internal lights, but the almost mystical building can’t help but make one think of what kind of secrets it might hold.
There’s also no denying that the symbol of a hard-boiled detective is infused into the backbone of the story line. Harrison Ford plays “Denton” a man who is tired of being a Blade Runner, essentially an assassin of sorts sent after Replicants to kill them. Denton doesn’t hate or love the Replicants, he is just removed from them, and he is a jaded man to say the least. Still, he is forced to undergo a mission to seek out particular Replicants who have managed to escape murder attempts.
As a viewer, I was fascinated by how director Ridley Scott chose to humanize them. Only one of them seems robotic in nature, while another seems angry, the third is an insane Harley Quinn-esque character, and the fourth is a mad man seeking immortality. Each in essence exhibits some form of human like characteristics: Manipulation, seductiveness, fear of mortality, anger, love (although it could be argued if they truly can feel love or not), and innocence. We, the audience, understand intellectually that these creatures are not human, but they’re not robots either. They are genetically altered beings and the only way to tell them apart is by examining their eyes while giving them a behavioral test. Every now and then throughout the movie, the director will give us a close up of different character’s eyes and show a reflective shadow on them, perhaps reminding us that anything can hide in the shadows if given the chance.
Ridley Scott pays very careful attention to the eyes. In fact, the very first shot of the movie is of a pupil. Some may think that it’s the introduction of the first troublesome Replicant, however, I think it’s an observation of Denton (Harrison Ford’s) pupils. In that shot, the director is reminding us that what we see is not always real and that sometimes, we see only what we choose to see.
If I were to give this movie a rating, I would give it 4 1/2 out of 5 Sister Geek shields. This is a great movie to watch with a date (just a heads up, there is one nude scene) or with a friend. I would describe it as a science-fiction-y detective movie with a love story slightly interwoven. This is a movie you’ll want to watch again and again since there seems to be a lot of symbolism in the characters, settings, and clothing and props. Certainly little Easter eggs can be found here and there.
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