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BLADE RUNNER (1982 - R)

This sci-fi flick takes place in the future, when man has developed a technology to clone human beings. Used as finite colonial servants, these clones, known as replicants, serve human agendas on outer-planet colonies. When several replicants escape, a retired blade runner cop is sent to outer space to capture the rogue replicants before they take over their makers.

Director Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" is an amazing, visionary look at a futuristic Los Angeles.

The memorable cast includes: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, William Sanderson, Daryl Hannah, Brion James, Joe Turkel, and Joanna Cassidy.

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"Intriguingly Philosophical."
"A chilling, bold, mesmerizing, futuristic detective thriller."


The basic story involves a cop, Rick Deckhard (Harrison Ford), who is forcibly recalled from retirement to track down and kill 5 dangerous humanoid replicants. They had escaped from their outer-world work assignment by hijacking a transport, heading for earth, making them all outlaws, not only because they slaughtered everyone who was on board the shuttle, but also because these types of robots are forbidden to come to earth. As Deckhard hunts each killer replicant down one by one, things get tough, violent, and complicated. Bit by bit, Harrison discovers why they came back. It seems that their main goal is to bully their creator, Mr. Tyrel, into expanding their 4 year life span. In a secondary plot line, he falls in love with a replicant (Rachael) who didn't know she was one until Harrison started his investigation. She was a administrative assistant to Mr. Tyrel, the president of the company who made all these renegade robots for use in the outer-worlds.

This unique screenplay, by Hampton Fancher & David Webb Peoples, was based on the book, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", written by the award - winning Philip K. Dick. Dick was a well known, gifted science fiction writer, who finally enjoyed some financial stability from money received from the producers of Blade Runner, for the book's rights. Unfortunately, he died at 53, before the movie premiered in 1982.

Fancher and Peoples did a great job adapting the screenplay for this film. Using a science fiction backdrop, this screenplay questions each one of us about the meaning of life, what it means to be human, how much longer do we have to live, the meaning of death, and what happens afterward, which is cleverly intermingled with a well-paced, fascinating, intense story.

The casting and direction was perfectly done. The replicants all had fascinating qualities, and characteristics.Rutger Hauer played the very scary, warrior-like, ruthless replicant, Roy Batty, that was the leader of the motley group of renegade replicants.

Daryl Hannah, Roy's love interest, does a great job as Priss, pleasure model replicant, who can turn on and off her pleasant personality to gain advantages with humans, like protection. Her make-up was a hoot.

Harrison Ford, as Deckhard, does he usual fine job playing a man sick of his work, stuck with the task of hunting down and killing these replicants, who falls in love with the beautiful Rachael, played well by Sean Young.

My favorite scene takes place late in the film. Following a violent encounter, Ford and Hauer sit on a rooftop, after Hauer saves Ford at the last minute from falling off the roof to certain death. Feeling himself weakening, Roy had had a strong compulsion to save Deckhard's life. As it rains, Hauer tells Ford some of the things he's done and seen in space, as if he was trying to share things he had fondly experienced, that Ford will never experience. The scene is poetic, moving, and memorable.

The film is a classic because it presents the most vivid, fully realized look at a future society ever put on film. In addition, the questions it raises about memory, identity, and what it truly means to be human stay with you long after the film is over.

If you enjoyed BLADE RUNNER, you may like 2001, STAR WARS, TIME COP, TOTAL RECALL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, ROBO COP, DEMOLITION MAN, and THE TIME MACHINE.