With all the prequels, sequels, and remakes of classic science fictions movies, I (and mostly likely everyone else on the planet ) am so incredibly hyped for all of these new movies, especially The Last Jedi. Yet, I can’t help but feel drawn back to the movies that inspired these blockbuster films. And with Blade Runner 2049 still fresh on my mind I can’t help but talk about one of my favorite movies of all time, the movie that it’s based off of.
After watching the sequel, a very solid movie that captures the feel of the original, I went ahead and re watched the original Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, to see how it holds up since its release in 1982. By the end of this 2 hour long movie it all started come back to me, everything that makes it one of my favorite films of all time bubbled up to the surface.
The plot follows Rick Deckard , played by a young Harrison Ford, around a dystopian Los Angeles as he is tasked with coming out of retirement and hunting down several rouge synthetic humans that have managed to escape back to Earth.
As we follow Deckard around on his search, the audience is bombarded with scene after scene of visual masterpieces, from the opening scene of an eye viewing this impossibly crowded city to the iconic massive holographic advertisements every scene helps create a world that simultaneously feels distant and familiar.
The plot itself has a very classic noir style, filled to the brim with plot twists, dark heros, and of course a hunt for the truth. As Deckard hunts down these synthetic humans he starts to question the very ideals of the world he lives in, and is forced to question what truly matters. The movie ends with one of the most powerful scenes in science fiction history and creates a satisfying ending to such a fantastic movie.
My love for this dystopian noir film comes not only from the movie’s gloomy blue tinted world that gives it an alien feel, but also the dark narrative that asks the viewer who is truly the villain and what it means to be human.
So if you really can’t get enough of science fiction, want to see what the new Blade Runner is based off of, or just want to watch an amazing movie I highly recommend checking out this classic piece of science fiction.
By Santiago Serrano
Movie poster from https://scopophiliamovieblog.com/2013/04/01/blade-runner-1982/