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Blade runner, is and always will be one of my favorite films. It is one hell of a film experience
The film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles where a corporation called the Tyrrell corporation genetically creates machines called replicants. Replicants become outlawed on earth and soon 4 arrive to find a way to enhance their 4 year life span. So Rick Deckard, a retired Blade Runner who hunts and kills replicants must find these 4 and kill them.
Ridley Scott needs to be applauded for his work, he is a wonderful director and a personal idol. The way he incorporates visuals into a well told story is among the best in the business. What can I say about the film visually that hasn’t already been said. It is wonderful to look at and as always Scott has created a world which is rich in culture and rich in decay. It is a visual masterpiece.
In terms of narrative it is in my view one of the most philosophical films to come out in cinema history. The term what it means to be human is thrown around a lot in films about robots, but here it is one of the main themes of the film. As well as morality, death. But also it’s about life. It’s about 4 machines that fear death and try to find a way to extend their life so they can experience more, that fear is one of the most human things to experience. Soon the supporting character Roy Batty realizes that he must revel in his time instead of wasting it trying to expand his life, he must realize that life is not about how long you live but what you experience and the memories you take away with you. He does come to realize this but he also realizes that his memories will be lost, the moment he dies. It comes back to the idea that only the things an individual has seen will stay with them and them alone, no one else can experience the same things as this person has as an individual.
Roy Batty delivers what I consider one of the greatest monologues in cinema history, which ends with the line “All those moments will be lost, in time. Like tears in rain.” This one sentence sums up the entire meaning of the film and Rutger Haures performance is exceptional and everyone in the film really pulled together to make one of cinemas greatest movies. Though it wasn’t well received at the time it has gathered a cult following and rightly so.
A line in the film that sends chills down my spine is “It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again who does.” cementing the fact that nobody can truly experience what others have.
This is one of my favorite films and in my opinion one of the greatest movies ever made. It is a wonderful piece of cinema and should be put on display for being such a great piece of art.