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Throwback Movie Review: Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner, a futuristic detective noir film set in the year 2019 was released in 1982. Starring Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, this movie is slow-moving in the beginning. This film does get action packed and more interesting as it progresses. As someone that grew up in the William Gibson Johnny Mnemonic cyberpunk-age, this movie is definitely one of my favorites. With the new Blade Runner 2049 movie premiering soon, I’ve decided to review this cult classic.

I have done my best to keep this review spoiler-free so that if you haven’t seen the film yet, I’m not giving too much away. (Also, it’s been 35 years since the original film, so watch it already!)

The Story

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Deckard, whom is part of a special police unit called Blade Runners, are specially trained cops that deal with androids called Replicants. He is tasked to find and retire (kill) four renegade Replicants. They act, look, think, and speak just like humans. The four had hijacked a shuttle from another planet to come to Earth.

This film is set in a future Los Angeles with a dark and very mysterious footing. But even with all the technology, there are still the slums and the sometimes seedy stores of China Town. The soundtrack to the film definitely adds to the depth and the mood — I love it! At the end, the film leaves more questions than answers, but this is one of the things that I like most about the film.

Author’s Note: The open-ending of the story has left many sci-fi geeks to debate many aspects of the storyline. The unicorn was one of those aspects.

The Technology

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This movie was way ahead of its time. It had amazing special effects and futuristic technology — a fleeting taste of what the writers saw in the future. The film hinted to advanced computer technology, flying cars, and genetic manipulation. Deckard even used a pay Vid-Phone in one scene.

In Conclusion

Even though this is a rather old film, the special effects were great, and while the storyline was slow, it was intriguing. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. Will you be seeing the new Blade Runner film? Why or why not? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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