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Blade Runner

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In a futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, detective Rick Deckard is a highly rated "Blade Runner" assigned to find and kill illegal cybernetic "replicants", genetic creations with superhuman abilities. Pulled unwillingly out of retirement, Deckard is forced into one last case, six exceptionally dangerous replicants who have escaped from slave labor and made their way into the city, apparently with plans to gain vengeance on the corporate masters who created them. In the course of investigation, Deckard falls in love with a beautiful woman who holds a disturbing secret, creating additional doubt and confusion in Deckard's mind. This 2007 "final cut" was remastered with improved visual and sound effects, and made some revisions to the 1992 "director's cut" revision.

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An adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,' Blade Runners are futuristic cops assigned to hunt and terminate illegal cyborgs called replicants, creations so close to human as to be almost indistinguishable. This is not referred to as execution, but rather 'retirement.'

Deckard is a “blade runner”, a man who makes a living hunting down escaped replicants, synthetic beings that seek freedom. His last assignment is to hunt down five particularly troublesome escaped replicants. Along the way, he will make startling discoveries about the corporation that created t... Read More »


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Feb 25, 2015
  • LRS1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic "cult" movie. As with Fifth Element, 3 Days of the Condor, Last Man Standing, 2001, etcetera (quite a few others), one tends to love them or hate them (or at best tolerate them). Some even didn't do well initially at the box office and later developed a cult following.

Me? I couldn't stand ANY of the "Planet of the Apes" movies and never finished even one.

But "Blade Runner" is easily in my top tier favorites. Truly a special in my opinion.

YMMV...

Jan 03, 2015
  • Dash_Riprock rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Hey! Get this straight. If you don't like Blade Runner, you don't understand it. Why? Because you don't. You're not allowed to dislike it.

Over the years Blade Runner has gathered around itself such a huge fan-base (that's so out of whack) that anyone who says they dislike it is instantly discredited and dismissed as an idiot. So, you better like Blade Runner, or you're an idiot, got it?

Blade Runner is a completely brain-dead wannabe intellectual sci-fi film that spends 2 hours delivering a careless and poorly managed love story and then "Wham! Bam!" at the end it's suddenly a statement about the meaning of life. (Sorry, but the last 10 minutes don't make up for the first 2 hours.)

And the question was raised - "Was Deckard really a replicant?" Who cares! Harrison Ford's portrayal was about as realistic as that of a robot. And about half the time he walked around looking like he'd just been punched in the nuts.

Is Blade Runner a finely sculpted masterpiece of cinematic excellence? No, it is not!!

If this film is really Ridley Scott's idea of poignant commentary, then it sure makes me glad to know that he doesn't have an ego.

The true value of a futuristic movie is its meaning, not the sound effects or how good the love story is. Most people go for entertainment, which is the superficial approach. This movie tells us that science is on the loose, it creates GMO foods, GMO animals and humans, and the report of Bush Jr.'s "Bio-Ethics Commission" (Oct. 2003) declares that bio-technology will be used to create a genetically engineered new breed of selfless working man. This movie is about that future, and the new type of human will be a highly performing, peaceful humanoid robot without a will of its own. This is the only difference from the Replicants in the movie, who certainly have a free will, which will not be the case with the coming bio robots. All this is no fiction - I heard and recorded a program from the French broadcast of RadioCanada in Nov.2003, where a professor of Universite Laval said that bio-technology will be used to perfect the present selfish, emotional, animal-like man to turn it into a peaceful, programmable bio robot. This kind of new man will gradually replace the present old-type of man. And the film "Blade Runner" says, truly, that those bio robots will be engineered for a limited useful life and they die off automatically, as the film shows us, when their usefulness is over. This is not "dark futurism" but the real future that is to come. Those GMO robots will not work for you, but instead of you, only a few managers will be needed. The Univ. prof said that employers will prefer the bio robots to the old type of man, so mothers will agree to the genetic modification of their ovules before birth, so their children should not be jobless and so the old type of man will be phased out.

Sep 21, 2014
  • frishta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Should be a 6-star. I love this movie, my favorite remains the one with the narration. Even after 30+ years it doesn't feel dated--except for some of the computers. Still a good story.

This movie is about genetically designed super slaves, who perform better than ordinary humans, mentally and physically. Allegedly, these were used as slaves on other planets (you know, slavery was and is impossible on this planet!) and half a dozen of them escaped and mixed with the ordinary Los Angeles people to live like people, not slaves. They were designed, though, to die off at an age when they are at the end of their peak performing period. This is one of the main themes of this movie. A blade runner was hired by the police to hunt down (kill) these escaped slaves. He kills some of them, falls in love with one of them, and is saved twice by them from death. The top slave guy finds a way to get to his genetic designer and calls him to accounts, why he has to die at the age of 36. As the master designer beats around the bush, the super slave crushes his skull with his bare hands and shortly after that he dies as it had been genetically designed into his DNA. This movie is about the near future - it is already decided that an improved human stock, the new, selfless and peaceful and highly performing humanoid slaves will replace today's unruly working class. This is no joke - Bush Jr's "Bio-Ethical Commission" wrote a report in 2003 to this effect; I recorded the scientific program about this, broadcast by Radio Canada in French.

One of the best scifi movies I have ever seen. A good classic!!

Jan 20, 2014
  • WALTER ALLAN KUCIEJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Consistently voted "the best science-fiction movie ever made", Blade Runner poses the question of what makes us human. The solililiquy by Rutger Hauer at the end moves me to tears. See the "Final Cut" if you can.

Oct 04, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece science fiction film from director Ridley Scott and lead Harrison Ford. A dreary bleak future (which is a lot closer now than when the film first came out) sets the backdrop for this story of a policeman who hunts artificial beings replicants, some of whom have come to Earth and are on the loose. Ford is ideally cast in the lead as Deckard. The supporting cast is outstanding, particularly Rutger Hauer as the demented replicant Roy- who ultimately gives us one of the most poignant moments of the film. It is a story that poses some tough moral questions, and leaves much to the audience to decide for themselves. Blade Runner is one of those films that require repeated viewings, but there's always something fresh in the experience.

Sep 26, 2013
  • Vilka rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointed. The basic premise poses a good moral question--genetically engineered androids/humans (not clear which), developed to do humanity's dangerous or unpleasant jobs, have been noted to develop emotions after a certain time, so have been given the built-in failsafe of a shortened lifespan; but a few renegades are trying to beat this. I think other movies have done this better, though ('Never Let Me Go' got a much more visceral emotional reaction out of me). This movie strays too much into titillation on one hand, with short bursts of action to keep the audience interested. There were a few very short bits that were interesting, but really should have been expanded on. Must be a "you had to see it at the time" kind of thing.

Sep 23, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Ridley Scott has been hit-and-miss with me for awhile now. I loved THELMA & LOUISE, GLADIATOR, and MATCHSTICK MEN. ALIEN felt mediocre in its pacing. Then, here comes BLADE RUNNER to give ALIEN a run for its money. Talk about slow and long-winded! Considering some people cite BLADE RUNNER as a major source of inspiration, I always expected this sci-fi classic to have some excitement with a good strong philosophical message attached, but it was nothing but boredom punctuated with bits of nonsense. The point is what makes humanity humanity and do you have to be human to experience that, but the execution of this message is all wrong. Ultimately, it seems pretentious, not profound, and unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever be watching it again. Sorry, I just couldn't in good conscience recommend it.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(To complement bdls206's rendition) Dr. Tyrell: "Commerce is our goal here at Tyrell... more human than human is our motto..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deckard: "Replicants are like any other machine... they're either a benefit or a hazard."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dr. Tyrell: "The light that burns twice as bright... burns half as long..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Batty: "Fiery the angels fell... deep thunder roared around their shores... burning with fires of oak..."

May 16, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What do you want?,.. "MORE LIFE".

Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Batty: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.

Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tyrell: "More human than human" is our motto.

Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deckard: [narrating] They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.

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Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 28, 2009
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Jul 08, 2008
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Jun 12, 2008
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Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 08, 2008
  • pie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jun 12, 2008
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jun 11, 2008
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Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

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