Blade Runner 25 year anniversary
Blade Runner, saga of the replicants
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." -- Batty
It's been 25 years since Rutger Hauer uttered these haunting lines to end one of the most thought provoking movies in cinema history. "Blade Runner" wrestled with the question of life and how dear it is to the living whether synthetic or organic.
The movie pitted a bounty hunter (blade runner) of rogue replicants (cyborgs) on a quest to extend their synthetic lives. The four replicants targetted the head of Tyrell Corporation, their maker, and were killing any humans who got in their way.
This gritty and dark movie made in 1982 still outshines many films in the same genre and remains as one of the top choices among science fiction fans. Based on a book by Phillip K. Dick titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, "Blade Runner" is often cited as a major influence by many filmmakers and animators both in the US and other countries. Of particular note is the anime series, "Ghost in the Shell" which mirrors the ambiance and attitude depicted in "Blade Runner".
A commemorative DVD issue is expected fall of 2007 where a lingering question remains among the movie's followers is expected to be answered: Is Deckard a replicant? There were enough signs in the movie that indicated so, including some screen shots showing his eyes as glowing like bulbs. If he is a replicant, then he must be of weaker stock because all four he was tracking outmatched him physically.