Blade Runner

Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced robot evolution into the NEXUS phase – a being virtually identical to a human – known as a Replicant. The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them. Replicants were used Off-World as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets. After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-World colony, Replicants were declared illegal on Earth – under penalty of death. Special police squads – BLADE RUNNER UNITS – had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicant. This was not called execution. It was called retirement.

This is the beginning of one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen – Blade Runner. The plot is placed in, from this point, nearby future – 2019. in Los Angeles. A police officer, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is called to hunt down and "retire" 4 escaped replicants: Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), Leon Kowalski (Brion James), Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) and Pris (Daryl Hannah). In urban jungle of futuristic LA this proved to be a difficult task.

Replicants were made to have a 4 years life-span. They risked everything to try to reach genetic engineers and prolong it. This is where questions start to rise. If you think deeper, we all do have similar desires. One in particular. Every human being wants to live and even if the life is hard, full of misery or poverty, there is almost no one who would not accept to have a long life. Like replicants in a movie, we are all made to live but not to last. Not forever. We all do have our "time". And no one could tell us how much of the time we have. This is what made replicants very human…

Tyrell: …You were made as well as we could make you.

Roy: But not to last.

Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very very brightly, Roy. Look at you. You're the prodigal son. You're quite a prize!

Roy: I've done questionable things.

Tyrell: Also extraordinary things. Revel in your time.

Roy: Nothing the god of biomechanics wouldn't let you in heaven for.

Based on novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott finished the movie in 1982. and first version contained narration that, upon my opinion, limited the understanding of a movie, forcing the audience to see only one side of the story. Fortunately, Director`s Cut version of a movie (in 1992.) was released without naration and that made it even better. Especially because the happy ending part was removed as well. Unicorn scene was added and it opened a wide variety of possible endings :happy:


Harrison Ford did his role well; at least he already had SF movie experience from Star Wars (1977.) But the real star of a movie is Rutger Hower. He made a role of his life there. I have never seen him playing like that again. He said once: "BLADE RUNNER needs no explanation. It just IZZ [sic]. All of the best. There is nothing like it. To be part of a real MASTERPIECE which changed the world's thinking. It's awesome." I can do nothing but agree to that.


In order not to become too boring, I will stop here. If you haven`t seen a movie, you have my recommendation. I have seen it more than 60 times since 1982. and it was never boring to me – there are always some more things to see or to think about. Some dialogues I know by heart πŸ˜€


For the very end I will put probably the most known part of the movie, Roy Batty's death scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_saUN4j7Gw

Update: Ed have sent me a link to a "Love theme" by Vangelis, made for a movie :happy:


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/

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65 Responses to Blade Runner

  1. gdare says:

    A person who posted a film on You Tube said in a comment: "The line "like tears in rain" was never scripted. Rutger Hauer just said that while filming. It became one of the most famous scenes in movie history."I checked it. It was not in the scripts. In script from 1981. it says:"all those moments… they'll be gone"

  2. ricewood says:

    Oh, one of my all times favourites. I don't know if I've seen that movie sixty times, but I've sure seen it a lot and thought about it even more…

  3. AnitaMargita says:

    Thanks for this film revew, i havent seen it, but, i will probably do it soon. πŸ™‚ And, this revew will help me for one more thing-to do an assignment for my english class. πŸ™‚

  4. PainterWoman says:

    I will definitely be renting or buying this movie soon.

  5. gdare says:

    Pam, I know you would like it πŸ™‚

  6. gdare says:

    Allan – first time I saw it, I went to cinema in 1982. Back then it was not easy to find vhs tape or the player, so next time it was on TV, few years later. Then I saw it few times at my friend`s video player and in 2003. I got myself a dvd copy. Since then I am watching it few times a year :DAnita – if you like SF you won`t be disappointed; what kind of English class are you talking about?

  7. gdare says:

    We have Museum of history of a film and in it`s cinema they play a lot of old movies. I will have to check it once in a while. There is nothing better than a big screen :yes:

  8. ricewood says:

    Where I live there's a reprise cinema present. I think they are showing that movie once a year.

  9. Javaen says:

    Indeed. Good movie. And men all over hail it as one of their tops of all time.

  10. ricewood says:

    Movies are best seen in cinemas, that's for sure.

  11. BabyJay99 says:

    :up:

  12. ellinidata says:

    PS I love the new picture Darko!I hope you keep on for some time πŸ™‚

  13. ellinidata says:

    If I had 100USD for every time I saw it I could buy another apartment!'I looooooooooooooooooove it!!!thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  14. AnitaMargita says:

    Well, we have a task to write an essay about some film revew, and this will be helpfull. πŸ™‚

  15. Javaen says:

    Personally, I enjoy it. But I am not typical by any stretch. I've never heard a woman talk about it the way a man does… With that glazed over expression.

  16. gdare says:

    Java – what about women? :DLeazz – :)Angeliki – I don`t think I will be able to buy a new appartment but for sure would renovate this one I have :DThe photo will stay now, until I find a more suitable one. Maybe I should go to that website again πŸ˜†

  17. Javaen says:

    πŸ˜† Sounds about right. Girls are weird too, sometimes. Donno why we are so wired for romantic comedies. *shakes head*

  18. gdare says:

    Ok, maybe this is to "dark" for average woman. A lot of my female friends prefer romantic comedies or dramas. Once, I was with some friends and Blade Runner was on TV. I noticed while all of the boys were watching it, girls were talking to each other, paying more attention to what happened that day than to movie. But we were all :eyes:

  19. gdare says:

    πŸ˜€

  20. glenno says:

    Excellent :yes: Bladerunner has gotta be my all time favourite film, next favourite is 2001, its looking old now but it still has something πŸ™‚

  21. gdare says:

    We have a similar taste in SF. Have you seen newer version of Solaris, with George Clooney? Steven Soderbergh directed it.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0307479/

  22. Cois says:

    One of the classics eh :up: have this back in cupboard somewhere..

  23. thaodp says:

    I know what I should do tonight, feel a bit tired to go out πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  24. gdare says:

    Clint – take it out and watch again :DMit – my recommendation πŸ˜€

  25. ellinidata says:

    "The photo will stay now, until I find a more suitable one. Maybe I should go to that website again "I was looking for the site the other day but I did not find it! :cry:(I rememember it was fun!! )

  26. ellinidata says:

    :hat: + :yes:

  27. gdare says:

    πŸ˜€

  28. sanshan says:

    Yeah that was a great movie. And if you want to know one of my punky hairstyles of the '80s just visualize Darryl Hannah's mop in that movie. Yes, those were the day. πŸ™„

  29. gdare says:

    Ah, you must have somewhere a photo from a birthday party or wedding or something :PI still remember that photo from when you were 13 or something πŸ˜€

  30. gdare says:

    Photo, San, photo πŸ˜€

  31. sanshan says:

    Didn't own a camera back then! πŸ˜†

  32. edwardpiercy says:

    If I had to stand in the "rain" all those hours while they filmed that scene, I'd have tears too. :lol:I did a post on this once. There are now the Original, Director's Cut, and Final Cut versions. I haven't seen the Final Cut version, but I did recently catch the Director's Cut and I thought it was weaker than the Original — too full of crap. After that, I have no desire to watch the Final Cut one at all. You shouldn't mess with perfection.

  33. gdare says:

    I haven`t seen The Final Cut and have Director`s Cut (did you know there are two of them actually, the first one was not aproved by Ridley Scott?). And I really don`t like Original.I will have to find your post about it πŸ˜€

  34. rose-marie says:

    Rutger Hauer was right – this is the best role he's played :up:. I haven't watched the movie in ages…

  35. gdare says:

    I almost did when I finished a post :faint:

  36. Marike79 says:

    :p I will… If I can find it… And when I do watch it you will be the first to know πŸ˜€

  37. Marike79 says:

    :awww: I've never seen the movie.. Maybe someday :up:

  38. gdare says:

    :sst: rent it

  39. gdare says:

    :up:I can try to find a dvd here and send you if you want πŸ™‚

  40. glenno says:

    Probably different country code on the DVD, so they dont play….English DVD's dont play on New Zealand DVD players :irked:

  41. gdare says:

    :doh: Yes, I`ve forgot that. Sorry Marike, you will have to find it by yourself 😦

  42. AnitaMargita says:

    Marike, you can download it from the internet like me. Here is one of the links: http://www.mininova.org/search/blade%2Brunner/seeds πŸ™‚

  43. Marike79 says:

    :awww: I can never download a movie, my data limit is 500mb a month πŸ˜₯ thank you anyway Anita :up:

  44. Marike79 says:

    But I'm sure one of the tv channels will show it sometime πŸ™‚

  45. AnitaMargita says:

    O, i see. 😦

  46. AnitaMargita says:

    :yes:

  47. gdare says:

    Anita, this link is for you lucky people who has no downloading limit or filtered ports. I use flat rate adsl but with filtered ports and cannot access any torrent site – I can, but there is no download :left:

  48. AnitaMargita says:

    I see. I downloaded the film, and i'll watch it soon. When i do so, i'll tell you my opinion on it. πŸ™‚

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