Blade Runner (1982) – Originally written August 2003
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
First of all, I’d like to say that everytime I think about this film I think of it as being stunning, but when I genuinely think about it, a lot of it I find dull. I know a lot of people adore this film & I can see why. The thing is however, that I intensely dislike the Rachel character. I find the woman annoying and infuriating. I suppose this is why, whenever I watch this film, I watch with glee whenever Rutger Hauer is on the screen (he makes this film what it is) & I tend to switch off and relocate my attentions at the reappearance of that annoying woman.
I think apart from the stunning visuals of this film (like I suggested, the ultimate art house movie?), I think the one thing I adore about it, and hence why I look back at it with such fondness is the climax of the film. The two main comments, firstly by Hauer & then by the Olmos (playing the character Gaff), are beautiful sentences. Olmos’s comment is thought provoking & intensely philosophical with regard to how meaningful our lives actually are, whilst Hauer’s is so poetic & so beautiful, that it feels almost like part of a Shakespearean’ sonnet.
Scott’s directing, the previously mentioned speeches, & the quality acting provide a stunning film with a scary look into the future. It’s just a pity Sean Young’s Rachel is so intensely infuriating.