Sunday, 21 November 2010

Blade Runner (1982) Final Cut Review




Blade runner (1982) Dir. Ridley Scott, takes place in the year 2019 with Harrison Ford plaiyng the lead role of 'Blade Runner' Rick Deckard. The film has been released and re-released several times over the past 20 years since release and has been subject to several debates as which is the best version. I saw the 'Final Cut' version which is considered to be the definitive version. The genre is generally considered to by Sci Fi Noir; with the hard boiled Detective character of Deckard searching for replicants- human like androids who have come to earth in search of a means to prolong their lives. In traditional noir fashion nothing is as it seems in a dystopian world filled with the neon glare on the seedy and urban streets of L.A. On his hunt for the Replicants he encounters a woman who threatens his entire chain of beliefs.

The plot generally makes sense- although it does seem to drag significantly at some points- the cinematography matches the dark plot brilliantly- smoke and fog obscure the characters as they move though the almost endless crowds, the brilliant contrast between the light and dark fits in perfectly.
The soundtrack is very retro- it matches the action perfectly once again; very sci-fi yet still very dark.

Overall 4/5- not the best film ever but certainly not the worst

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