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The single most immersive and tactile world ever created for the cinema.
Perhaps on its deepest level, "Blade Runner" explores ... a theme as old as Genesis and the myth of Prometheus, and iterated in "Paradise Lost," Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and in Blake's arcane, visionary mythology.
The film itself is as wonderful and relevant as ever. Harrison Ford shows that he can be more than a cocky show-pony, and Daryl Hannah still shines as Pris.
The final cut seems to simply be an enhanced version of the 1992 director's cut, a technically perfected (Dolby remastered, special effects streamlined) fulfillment of the project Ridley oversaw but admits to rushing.
Ford, with his Star Wars cachet, was Blade Runner's top-line draw, but it's Hauer's movie all the way, his shimmering "replicant" providing the tonal touchstone for Ridley Scott's severally reworked masterpiece.
This remains an astonishing achievement: a Dystopian sci-fi epic that is also one of the best film noirs of recent times.
"Blade Runner is a film set 40 years hence, made in the style of 40 years ago," Ridley Scott said of his celebrated science-fiction noir. Perhaps that other-worldly "retrofitted" look is why it seems ageless, despite being set in 2019.
Scott's visionary thriller makes the acid rain/neon-drenched Los Angeles of 2019 a far colder, more violent and depressing place.
Another chance to savour its pure unhurried strangeness, beginning with that bizarre vista of 2019 LA, with four tall buildings mysteriously belching fire-plumes into the night like apocalyptic oil rigs.
It's a quest movie - where one thing leads mechanically to another to another to another. There are no twists. It's noir only in atmosphere and expressionist lighting schemes.
Blade Runner is at its best when focused on the replicants, their desires, desperation and melancholy.
I caught this on the big screen before the long awaited sequel that hits next weekend. The film is an unique combination of action and futuristic film noir, Harrison maybe the lead but the film is ambitious in scope that it allows everybody to shine. The film has grown in time and I remember seeing the old voice over version all those years ago, this is a completely different film, the sequel won't follow that film because it didn't have the cult status appeal, the original directors cut is what kicked everything off. The film is incredible from beginning to end and you cannot fault Scott for tinkering because it added further depth and questions. The film is a must see on the big screen and the restoration brings the darkness to life. I'll have to watch the voice over version at some stage to compare what it was before the cult status took over. 29-09-2017.
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