I just watched again after 30 years. The pacing is odd and it really felt like a slog. Moreover, I hadn't remembered that the movie's "Future-shitty-LA" is teeming with immigrant workers. Is it because they're a vulnerable migrant work force under capitalism? (If so, good call!) Or is it because creating a polyglot and multicultural city was one way to signal "dystopia" to white audiences? (If so, boo!) Can't tell.
Influential and stylish science fiction noir with deep symbolism. Vangelis' marvellous soundtrack. Cinematography to die for. Great effects. Excellent ensemble. This is one of the most influential films ever made showing Ridley Scott at his most creative and the fact that it exist several versions of the film only add to the fun and give new layers to the story.
The moments with Rachel and - especially - Batty are the one's that truly spoke to me. The humanity in the Replicants (the fear of impending death, the knowledge that they are slaves without any value other than as workers and source of wealth) was truly touching. Hauer stole the show and, if I'm honest, I could've gone without Deckard altogether. Great soundtrack to boot!
Certainly one of the best sci-if films ever, not only worthy, but maybe even superior to such masterpieces as 2001, Metropolis and Stalker. The film is absolutely perfect to the smallest detail of every single scene due to masterful camerawork, mise-en-scene, soundtrack, set & costume design. Also, watching it for the first time in director's cut and on the big screen added a lot to it.
There is some poignant A grade B flick cheese here but otherwise the chauvinistic mess of a narrative falls flat on the back of Ridley Scott's hack job. As a kid I joined the flocks in considering this was a prime sci-fi, but it really, really isn't. Not even the once upon a time impressive visual effects are enough to continue supporting what is a major misread in american mainstream cinema. 58/100 - Okay.
had this been done with another cinematography and another soundtrack that were not this, Scott's film would be very weak in regards to storyline - despite it being visionary for its' time, the truth is that this adaptation is not a match for the literary complexity of Philip Dick.
In the future, where there's no sunlight and it always rains, (maybe the Cure should've scored the movie) robots built for slavery have become self aware, and are pissed off about....look you don't need me saying anything about this classic, it's all been said and resaid a million times.... Rutger Hauer's improvised death speech is the most beautifully done I've ever seen.....tears in the rain....
There is just one word to describe this film: perfection. It's impressive the level of futuristic characteristics and traits that Ridley conveyed in Blade Runner: nature overpassed by humans, slave-robot-workers, flying vehicles, astonishing details, and the music. A must see.