Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Blade Runner Review








Blade Runner


Release Date: 16th December 1982 - Australia


Production Companies
The Ladd Company (presents)
Saw Brothers (In association with)
Warner Bros. Pictures


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 113 minutes


Budget: $28,000,000

Box Office Gross: $33,770,893
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Los Angeles, 2019: Rick
Deckard of the LAPD's
Blade Runner unit prowls
the steel & micro-chip
jungle of the 21st century
for assumed humanoids 
known as 'replicants'. 
Replicants were declared
illegal after a bloody
mutiny on an Off-World
Colony, and are to be 
terminated upon detection.
Man's obsession with 
creating a being equal to
himself has back-fired.


Cast
Harrison Ford - Rick Deckard
Rutger Hauer - Roy Batty
Sean Young - Rachael
Edward James Olmos - Gaff
Daryl Hannah - Pris
Joanna Cassidy - Zhora
Brion James - Leon
M. Emmet Walsh - Bryant
Joe Lurker - Dr. Eldon Tyrell
William Sanderson - J.F. 
Sebastian 
James Hong - Chew

Crew
Director - Ridley Scott
Based on Novel "Do Androids
Dream of Electric Sheep?" - 
Phillip K. Dick
Executive Producer/
Screenplay - Hampton 
Fancher 
Screenplay - David Peoples 
Producer - Michael Deeley 
Restoration Producer (2007) -
Charles de Lauzirika
Production Designer -
Lawrence G. Paull
Visual Futurist - Syd Mead
Director of Photography - 
Jordan Croneworth
Special Photographic Effects
Supervisors - Douglas
Trumbull, David Dryer & Richard Yuririch
Music - Vangelis


Awards

1983 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Lawrence G. Paull, David L. Snyder
& Linda De Scenna (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuririch
& David Dryer (Nominated)


Review
Painstakingly made by director Ridley Scott with a great opportunity it is of BLADE RUNNER as a noir science-fiction movie that's fancier than a chandelier. Impressive with the mastery of camerawork and a highly visual flair, it's faced with some difficult history, being that it was released in the year of 82, missing the applause of the big crowd and of course nearly forgotten by everyone. This film has fortunately, a roster of cast with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah being able to save the day with their outstanding performances. It has some plausible moments written for a sci-fi epic and electronic arrangements of the score by Vangelis. More of the film's ground-breaking work is the scenery designs of the city and hover-vehicles that would be used later in two different stylised movies THE FIFTH ELEMENT and ATTACK OF THE CLONES (click here).

It was so hard to define the genre and style of BLADE RUNNER; it is so unique and innovative in its approach. After watching only the final cut edition, it defined two contrasting genres when its pulp engagement of sci-fi is painstakingly collaborated with noir crime thriller. This cult film gradually gives birth to cyberpunk fiction to show how dark the future is to see.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


2 comments:

  1. I agree basically agree with your review. The movie is slightly overrated, but your rating is spot on. Which version did you watch? I have seen both the original cut and Final Cut, both are good and I recommend watching both at some point.

    Did you know that one of the Blade Runner "Spinners" where in the background of the Phantom Menace.

    -James

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    1. No I didn't see it in The Phantom Menace but it sounds promising I go look for it.

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