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Blade Runner

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to snuff a quartet of replicants, who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

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Is this the greatest sci-fi movie of all time? by Peter Roberts
over 4 years ago

I would say no, but it is the most thought provoking sci-fi movie of all time. It is set in 2019 so I don't think L.A. Will look quite like this next year but visually it is stunning. The world created and the mood set by the music is absolutely brilliant. The effects are dated now but this does not detract from atmosphere Ridley Scott builds right from the outset.
So what questions does this film ask? Well they are equally if not more relevant today than they were in the 80's. The film is about a group of genetically engineered humans called 'replicants' who escape the off world colonies back to earth in search of their maker (Dr Tyrell). They want to change their predetermined expiry date so they can try to live an ordinary human life. So the questions are if we do produce A.I. will it have a soul and will it leave us behind as a species? These questions are not answered in the film you are left to make up your own mind, which is one of the great things about the film. My opinion is that Because Roy, (the main replicant character), saves the life of Deckard, (the Blade Runner sent to 'retire' him), he does show comparison and benevelance he is redeemed as a character and therefore would be allowed in to most versions of heaven in popular religions. Also in his final death scene he releases a Dove for me this nodes towards his creation or proof of his soul. The replicants are far more superior to humans in strength and intelligence so if they did not have a failsafe short lifespan built in to their DNA I believe they would leave us behind as a species.

One of the main questions asked by all fans of Blade Runner is, Is Deckard a replicant? Watch the film and decide for yourself. I have my theory and I am glad to say that this question is not answered in the sequel Blade Runner 2049. This question is referenced and played with delightfully in the sequel which in my opnion is fantastic.

I love this film, watch it and I hope you love it too.

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this film is based on the year 2019!!!! by piptastic
almost 9 years ago

This one really pushed the boundaries of Si Fi. If you watch this movie today the only thing out of date is the music. I remember being to young the first time I watched this, it is a very slow movie but beautifully wrapped in futuristicness (think I just made that word up). For any Si fi fan this is an absolute must. Spoiler alert *** If you have seen this movie before, try watching it with the thought that Harrison Ford is also a ‘synthetic’. Bucket list film, and in my top ten

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9.5 stars

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Release Date
Runtime 117 minutes
Studio Warner Bros. Pictures, Shaw Brothers, The Ladd Company
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
Budget $28,000,000
Revenue $32,768,670

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