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BLADE RUNNER (1982 - R)
Director Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" is
an amazing, visionary look at a futuristic Los Angeles.
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
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.