This 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott, and loosely based on the the Philip K. Dick story, ‘Do androids dream of electric sheep’. The film has the following tag-line, ‘Man has met his match….now it’s his problem’.
The film’s impressive visuals dazzle from the opening sequence of the Metropolis that is Los Angeles, 2019. We are shown a very dystopian vision of the future where man has learned to create bio-engineered beings called Replicants.
Harrison Ford plays the world-weary Bladerunner, who is called in by his boss and told that there are four replicants that have illegally come back to Earth, most likely to find their maker. The main leader of these four is Roy Batty, played brilliantly by Rutger Hauer. We learn that these replicants only have a life span of four years.
What ensues is a film with stunning visuals and one of the most haunting soundtracks, courtesy of Vangelis. The sterling cast of Harrison Ford, Edward James Olmos, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Brion James and the wonderfully sleazy M Emmett Walsh all put in strong performances. The film may have a dark, bleak and morbid tone about it, but it akso contains one of the most moving scenes ever witnessed. When Ford’s Deckard and Hauer’s Batty meet on the roof of a building in the dull rain, the realisation of existence and what makes us ‘us’, is played out with brilliance. As Hauer’s character says, “all those memories will be lost, like tears in rain.” I defy anyone to not be moved by it. Who is real and who is not? I’ll leave you to decide.
Be in no doubt, this is the best science fiction movie ever made. Enjoy!