Blade Runner [Final Cut]
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples
Based on: Philip K. Dick‘s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, James Hong
Seen on: 24.04.2015
Humanity has managed to create replicants: genetically engineered robots. But after an uprising of the replicants, they have been outlawed on earth and have been banned to the off-world colonies. But when four replicants manage to escape back to earth, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is called on in his capacity as blade runner – a special police force tasked with hunting down replicants – to take them down. Although Deckard didn’t want to take on any more jobs, he agrees to do this last job. He starts his investigation at the company who builds the replicants, where he discovers Rachael (Sean Young), a new version of replicant that doesn’t know that they aren’t human.
Blade Runner was one of those classic films that I never saw until now – and now I’m afraid that I’m too late. In any case I was not particularly taken with the film. In fact, I thought it was rather boring, if very pretty.
[Trigger Warning: Rape] [SPOILERS]
I can imagine why and how the film made big waves when it came out. The various versions floating around that prompt discussions about meanings that vary between these versions is also interesting [I saw the Final Cut, as it was recommended to me for the first contact with the film]. And the film is visually enticing, making that dark future very believable and aesthetic, if slightly unhinged.
But other than that I couldn’t really get into the film. The lone wolf detective scenario gets on my nerves more often than not and this film definitely falls under “more often”. The scenes with Dris (Daryl Hannah) and Roy (Rutger Hauer) at Sebastian’s were visually wonderful but so over the top that it didn’t want to fit with the rest of the film. There were just many small things that kept me at a distance – so much so that I started to find random things really funny. Like when Rachael lets down her hair and plays the piano while the soundtrack offers some soft porn trumpets (also, if you needed any more proof that Rachael wasn’t actually human, you just have to look at her hair before and after she lets it down).
The sex scene between Rachael and Deckard pissed me off too, since it starts as a rape scene and then Rachael gives in and it is very debatable whether that giving in is actual consent or just not putting up a fight and letting him do what he will do anyway. Very romantic, thankyouverymuch.
Since I couldn’t get into the film, I started to become bored. I never got intrigued by the question whether Deckard is human or maybe not after all (I actually thought that it was completely obvious that he was a replicant), I didn’t care for Deckard, Rachael or the replicants (in fact the only time I really had an emotional reaction was during the Voight-Kampff test Leon fails – and that was mostly due to Brion James’ amazing acting in that scene). But I guess at least I can say now that I’ve seen the film.