Blade Runner (1982) - Review

While everyone's raving about Blade Runner 2049, it might be of help to rewind back to where it all began. Blade Runner 1982 is an American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. The movie stars Indiana Jones lead actor Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos.

It also happens to be the loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. While we're now in 2017, what's interesting is that the film is set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 and it depicts a future in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bioengineered to work on off-world colonies. Without getting into much details of the plot in order to avoid spoilers, what can be said is that Blade Runner 2049 might be tough to understand without watching the first one.

The movie is 117 minutes long and despite only making $33.8 million at the box office against a budget of $28 million, Blade Runner 1982 began to be appreciated with time going on to win several awards including the British Academy Film Awards and Hugo Awards. Having watch both movies which also have very high ratings on both IMDb and rotten tomatoes, I would highly recommend them especially for the science fiction lovers.

~ Written by Tanaka Musanhi

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Text © Tanaka Musanhi