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Blade Runner

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(spoiler-free movie review)

Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner is a hypnotic science fiction masterclass in visual storytelling. The world is realized in such detail that it’s easy to get lost in the beautiful scenery.

– Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

I often hear people describe Blade Runner as boring. I can understand that critique but I find the trance-inducing score by Vangelis combined with the surreal visuals to be engrossing.

The real star of this film is Rutger Hauer. He gives an incredible performance and I was glued to the screen every time his character was present. One of my favorite monologues in science fiction was delivered(and apparently improvised!) by Hauer, towards the end of the film. Supporting actress Daryl Hannah was also excellent and star Harrison Ford delivered a mostly strong performance.

The pacing of the movie is admittedly slow with a few scenes going on longer than necessary. There’s a sequence that features Deckard(Harrison Ford) analyzing a photo with a computer, zooming in to discover details, that goes on so long that it becomes almost comical.

The few flaws present in Blade Runner don’t detract from it being a classic of the genre and one of Ridley Scott’s best movies.

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


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