June 26, 2008
This is a sci-fi classic from 1982. The basic idea is that mankind has created genetic clones of humans, called "replicants," to work as slaves (labor and pleasure oriented.) But as a result of a revolt, they are banned from earth, and only allowed in "off world" colonies.
As a safeguard, the replicants are created with just a 4 year lifespan, so that even if they go haywire, they can only go bad for 4 years at the most.
But a group of 6 replicants come back to earth to find their creator because they want to live longer. They are violent, and killing people to fulfill their quest. Enter Harrison Ford, who's excellent in the role as a "Blade Runner," a police officer who's job is to hunt replicants.
In the end Ford learns more about being human and preciousness of life and love from these replicants then he himself knew... in other words, these clones teach him how to appreciate being human. This is the kind of film that makes me angry when people assume that action, sci-fi movies can't have a heart. As with Terminator and T2 (both of which I thought were better than this film), this is a shining example of how awesome effects laden sci-fi can be when it tries to tell a story "that matters."
3 out of 4
Posted by elanyarts on June 26, 2008 12:34 AM
I readily admit, I've never seen Terminator--but Blade Runner is my second favorite scifi film of all time...so I have to ask, why the comparison? Sure, they're both scifi and effects heavy, but aren't they two totally different films in theme/tone/acting/etc? I'd love a more in depth explanation of your comparison!
And I guess I need to watch Terminator.
Posted by: jd on June 28, 2008 08:05 AM