Ridley Scott's Blade Runner Starring Harrison Ford - A Favorite 80's Instant Cult Classic
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A Classic, Timeless, Futuristic Film
Blade Runner by director Ridley Scott is one of my all time favorite movies. It's a classic action-adventure futurism movie starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It was released in 1982 and was an immediate shoe-in as an 80's cult classic film.
I was 14 years old the first time I saw Blade Runner. It was 1984. My step-mother had brought it home one day and that evening we all watched it. It was an instant favorite for us all. My dad and I were especially crazy for it. The story, cast, concept, and soundtrack were all perfectly right up our alley. I've seen it many times since, and each time it is just as great as the first. I don't normally re-watch most movies. So, this is saying a lot.
Blade Runner is most often categorized as a science fiction film. However, It's not quite. Even Harrison Ford says that it's more of a "futurism film" more than it is a Sci-Fi film. You can watch Harrison Ford talk a bit about this in an interview about Blade Runner on the David Letterman Show that I have included below. Personally, I classify it is a dystopian futuristic film, meaning it could really happen! Non the less, if you like science fiction thrillers or dystopian futuristic films, you will love this movie. If you aren't familiar with this genre of films, this would be a great one to start with. It's a timeless classic.
One of the things I like best about this movie is that it stands up to the test of time. It's a timeless film. It was a pioneering first of its kind. One may think that it, therefore, would not hold-up to today's similar-style movies. This is not the case here. Blade Runner could have come out last week at the theater, and I'm sure many would be flocking to it. It's just that good.
If you've never seen Blade Runner, you are so surely in for a treat! I'm thrilled to share my experience with others about this film. Therefore, I'm dying to know what you think! Please leave comments in the guestbook below.
All Star Cast and Excellent Character Development
The cast is excellent and each character is developed very well. Harrison Ford is awesome as usual, and Sean Young is fantastic. In fact, she is my second favorite character in the film. I love her portrayal of her character, her character's personal story and her lady-like pin-up, classy presence throughout the whole film. I hate to have to say she comes in second, but Rutger Hauer really shines in Blade Runner. For those of you who have seen the film, I know you agree. He is his usual cold and full of wisdom with a touch of warmth self. I have more on Rutger Hauer's character below because he's just that good. You also get to see a young Daryl Hannah, and it was Edward James Olmos's character that inspired me to learn a bit of origami. Yes! It's true.
Based on the Novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
The movie is based on part of author Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
The creators of Blade Runner took an episode from this book and ran with it. The movie takes place 40 years from 1982. "Blade-runners" are the futuristic cops who must find and take out "human-like replicants," synthetics gone bad and, therefore, no longer wanted in the population. There are 6 remaining. I will leave it at that, as I personally don't like a touch of a spoiler for any film I'm about to watch. Most of the time, I won't even watch a trailer for a film. I don't want to know anything except for who the director is, who makes up the cast, and the year made. However, I will share more of why and how much I love this film.
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An Amazing Soundtrack by Vangelis
The soundtrack is amazing. It's by non-other than Vangelis. If you know Ridley Scott movies, you know how fabulous the soundtracks are. For example, in "Legend," another Ridley Scott film, the soundtrack is by Tangerine Dream. In Blade Runner, the soundtrack is by Vangelis. All I can say is that your ears will thank you if you let them hear the soundtrack to this movie. I've included a song here for you to sample. Enjoy! If you've already seen Blade Runner, listening will take right smack back into the film.
Watch the Video Below to See a Favorite Clip
I'm sharing this video with you as a tribute to Rutger Hauer and as my ode to Roy.
I love Rutger Hauer as an actor. He's always been one of my favorites. All I have to do is hear his name in a cast line-up for a movie, and I'm in. I know I will definitely be watching that movie. In Blade Runner, he plays the character of Roy Blatty, the leader of the replicants. There are numerous great scenes in the movie -too much to count. However, my absolute favorite scene is Rutger Hauer as Roy near the very end of the movie. It's a well written thought-driving scene that stays with you for years to come. Rutger Hauer nailed it. And yes, Roy is the "bad guy," but he will grow on you, and you will think fondly of him in the end.