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