Blade Runner (1982) – Encore Review

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.” – Batty

Number of Times Seen – A few times (video, 28 May 2013 and 10 Jan 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A retired policeman is tasked with recapturing 6 ‘replicants’ who have escaped from a work camp and returned to Earth.

My Take on it – I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction movies and stories and although I’ve seen this film numerous times, I’ve never been able to enjoy it no matter how hard I try.

I guess maybe it has to do with the fact that the plot is far too existential for my personal taste.

I decided to rewatch this film right before I finally would see its sequel in hopes that I would somehow be able to finally glean something from these two films.

In the end, I found it to move along too slowly and was bored throughout most of it.

The cast is amazing especially since most of the actors were either in their prime or just about to take off.

I can definitely understand how a film like this can achieve cult status like it does and also how and why so many people love it, but this just is an acquired taste film and is just not for me at all.

Bottom Line – Still not a fan of this film because it looks at this story from too much of an existential aspect and found it to be extremely boring to watch. Great cast, especially when most were almost complete unknowns. This film is an acquired taste and just isn’t the kind that I personally like despite being able to understand the cult following.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Ridley Scott cast Rutger Hauer in the role of Roy Batty without actually meeting the actor. He had watched his performances in Turks fruit (1973), Keetje Tippel (1975) and Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and was so impressed, he cast him immediately. However, for their first meeting, Hauer decided to play a joke on Scott and he turned up wearing huge green sunglasses, pink satin pants and a white sweater with an image of a fox on the front. According to production executive Katherine Haber, when Scott saw Hauer, he literally turned white.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (no change from original review)


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