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Blade Runner (1982)

Constantly raved about by critics and by the majority of my Film class in university, I had extremely high expectations for this film. I had never seen it, because to be honest I didn't think it was my type of film. Although, with the release of Blade Runner 2049 and how it is doing so well internationally, I thought I would give the original a go. 

As it began I said to Matt that I could believe that audiences at the time were amazed by the visual effects in the film. Directed by Ridley Scott, visually it is stunning and the technologically is undeniably far ahead of its time. The plot on the other hand, unfortunately didn't thrill me. 

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Yes the premise is good — set in the futuristic looking 2019, Harrison Ford brilliantly plays a 'Blade Runner' (similar to a policeman) who has to kill four evil replicants (androids who look and act very similar to humans), who have returned to Earth in order to hunt down their creator Dr. Eldon Tyrell after causing havoc on the world they inhabit. The problem I had with this film is that it dragged, with nothing really exciting happening until the end. I found the filler a bit boring and felt that the film altogether could have been cut down. It didn't have any twists that would have made the film more interesting and I felt that it took a while for the film to realise which direction it was going. I know many of you will disagree with me but I just feel that it is one of those cult films that lack real substance and perhaps have been hyped up too much. I will however say that I am going to give it another go some time and see if my opinion has changed.

I like that the film calls into question what Ford's character feels towards the androids as one of the characters he meets and falls for turns out to be a replicant and that the eery decrepit Los Angeles presented makes me wonder if that is what the world will look like in the near future. Its visuals can be compared to something like Fritz Lang's Metropolis and I feel that if the plot stood firmly next to these, it would be brilliant.

The film I think just needed to be re-jigged, with more thought put into how it flowed and with a higher focus on spreading out the action.

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— AW