It’s hard for me to even know where to begin. It’s hard for me to even know where to begin with this one. What is it that I love about this now 29 year old movie? It’s that I’ve always been a Philip K Dick fan but then again if that were true I’d love Total Recall or Minority Report as much… and I don’t. It’s because Blade Runner so seamlessly mixes genre, being part film noir, part procedural police drama, part action movie and part philosophy, neatly combining my favourite genres. It’s because Blade Runner is the archetypal Cyberpunk movie, doing for cinema what Neuromancer did for literature. It’s the combination of Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, William Sanderson and Joe Turkel each turning out a masterpiece performance that has stuck with me my whole life. It’s the synthetic, haunting soundtrack from Vangelis. It’s the world Ridley Scott creates with an absolutely indulgent hedonism, spending money like water to create locations and fill them with extras that make a compelling vision of a dystopic future. It’s the bright neon and brand-saturated advertising landscape which proved so prescient.
It’s the question ‘what is human?’
Utterly beautiful, in a dark way, unique in its’ visuals and soundtrack and compelling in its’ depth and philosophy and gripping in its’ action. Blade Runner is my¬†favourite movie.