1 Year, 100 Movies: #97 Blade Runner (1982)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

Blade Runner. I realize I will offend the diehards here- but it’s not my cup of tea. The synopsis is good- and even many of the characters, but the tone is just depressing. The entire movie is filled with squalor and filth- and we follow the story of the world-weary Blade Runner Deckard. As a Blade Runner it is his job to hunt down and “retire” the four replicants that are running around in the year 2019’s Los Angeles. Replicants are robots that the humans have built which look the same, have up to the same level of intelligence, and superior strength- the ones in question only have a four year lifespan. The movie follows Deckard as he falls for one of the replicants- a woman named Rachel. She saves his life once as he goes about the business of hunting down the other replicants. It’s a story that explores what it means to be human. It’s a mess of chases, shoot-outs, and desperate characters with lots of blood and depressing 80’s background music.

So like I said- the movie isn’t really my cup of tea. I much prefer the futuristic movies like Star Wars or The Fifth Element. What I did like about this movie however, was their attempt at creating the futuristic background. For example, the spaceships and advertisements that are everywhere. The film is more art than movie- every scene could be a painting. Maybe a painting set in a  filthy ghetto, but a painting nonetheless.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:



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