Blade Runner Reviews
Modern day technology has pushed the limits of cinematography. With 3D films such as Avatar, where almost everything is filmed in front of a green screen, directors and studios alike have managed to create photo-realistic sets and costumes that show little contrast in comparison to real objects, and this is exactly where Blade Runner manages to slip through the cracks. There are several scenes in the movie that look genuinely dated. The graphics lack detail and are cheesily integrated into the scene. The hovercraft jumps immediately to mind, with the set of the cityscape lazily positioned behind the car. 34 years has made a substantial difference on the film, and it's not afraid to show its age. There are points in the movie where you will see Atari logos embroidered in fancy neon signs, a company, that while still around, hasn't maintained the influence that it once had. Old CRT monitors decorate the scene, with lengthy cables sprouting outside their grimy shells, polaroids decorate walls, making the current standard for physical imagery obvious, and yet this is the same world where androids walk the street. It's almost as if someone thought the same technology present within the 90's would be somehow capable of advanced techniques, with little to no alterations aside from a coat of dirt.
Now, this isn't just a review meant to bash Blade Runner. In fact, while the set design may show the movie's age, the movie manages to somehow make it work. It works in the sense that these props add to the overall atmosphere and design of the world. The world that Harrison Ford explores is that of a dystopian future. It possesses a specific aesthetic, an atmosphere or setting that some might describe as cyberpunk. It's a dirty, cluttered world, dense with people and towering skyscrapers. Smog fills the sky and there's always some form of vapor that seeps its way into the scene. The world makes it easy to believe that the odd relics of the 90's can coincide within a such a futuristic society; the past and present clash together, and that just adds to the charm of what makes Blade Runner a phenomenal film.
Blade Runner is enthralling and captivating, and not even time itself can spoil the deep and morally complicated plot that it presents. You invest yourself in the thrilling mystery of hunting down the androids. Subtle hints give clue to who could be a machine and you begin to take notice of a stark uncanny valley esq. vibe that stems from your suspects. With the flux of cold and stern speech to erratic and emotional gestures, the actors do a fantastic job of making the androids that of an enigma. What starts off as a simple plot about hunting down renegade androids turns into something much greater as you come to realize that these machines aren't entirely evil; they're just trying to survive and be free. It presents moral reasoning to the viewer as these machines are capable of feeling emotions, falling in love, and to some, it might just turn out that the humans are the evil doers.
Blade Runner may show its age, but that only adds to the aesthetic of the film. The acting and the plot intertwine with one another to create a beautiful narrative that keeps the viewer at the edge of their seat. 34 years have gone by since the release of this film it proudly boasts itself above nostalgia, and unlike tears in the rain, Blade Runner won't be washed from the cultural eye anytime soon.