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Classic Films: Blade Runner

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Back in 1982, Ridley Scott produced a Cyber Punk gem that soon became a cult classic and adored by many devoted fans around the world.  Loosely based on the book by Phillip K Dick ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’. This film was originally a box office flop, but is still ranked by critics as one of the most important science fiction films ever and was the kick starter for the ‘Cyber-Punk’ genre of films.. I am of course talking about Blade Runner.

Back in 1982, Ridley Scott produced a Cyber Punk gem that soon became a cult classic and adored by many devoted fans around the world.  Loosely based on the book by Phillip K Dick ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’. This film was originally a box office flop, but is still ranked by critics as one of the most important science fiction films ever and was the kick starter for the ‘Cyber-Punk’ genre of films.. I am of course talking about Blade Runner.

Blade Runner
Release Date – 25 June 1982
Gross Revenue – $32,768,670

In a dystopian future, retired police officer Rick Deckard (played fantastically by Harrison Ford) is pulled back into his job as a ‘Blade Runner’. To track down replicants (biologically engineered humanoids who serve as soldiers and slaves in off-world colonies) who have come to earth illegally (Robot asylum seekers?!) and ‘Retire’ them.

What follows is a gritty detective type film where Deckard and his partner try and track down three rouge replicants (played by Rutger Hauer, Darryl Hannah and Joanna Cassidy). The film was one of the first to depict the future as a dirty & grimy place integrated with advancements in technology. It was one of the first films to show flying cars (Known as Spinners in this film), and the models for these were directly copied for the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the Fifth Element.

Although the film is touted as an action film, it has a very film noir feel to it, the character development and the moral stance of Deckard, through his pursuit of the replicants, questions his own belief in his own humanity, making it a very thought provoking film – as Phillip K Dick would have wanted. Which adds a whole new dimension to its story-arc.

I’m sure this is a film that not many would have seen. I recommend you pick up a copy and get stuck into it. Many Sci-Fi films would not be here and what they are today if it wasn’t for this classic.

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