Film Review: Blade Runner

December 4, 2012

Film | by James Joseph

What Blade Runner achieved in 1982 was quite simply astonishing. The work of director Ridley Scott is always exquisite, but with Blade Runner he changed everything.

Whilst there may have been a few sci-hi noir films before Blade Runner came into existence, it was this film that put Sci-fi Noir firmly on the map. From the architecture of the world it was based in, to the aesthetic and details that ran throughout the film.

The Blade Runner film was inspired by “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by author Philip K. Dick. The plot loosely based on P. K. Dick’s book.

The film is based in the year 2019, and centers around a retired police officer, like many noirs. This character (Rick Deckard) was played by Harrison Ford, in one of his best performances of his career.

Another notable character is Pris. Pris became a style icon for many subcultures, especially the cyberpunk movement which grew to notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s.

On the films release in 1982 it received a mixed reception with many critics uncertain about Ridley Scott’s creation. Blade Runner over the next 20 years went on to be nominated for 21 awards and won 6. Becoming one of the greatest films of all time.

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