True Story: Up until a few years ago, I thought Sling Blade and Blade Runner were the same thing.
They are not.
Not even a little bit.
But I digress.
Since Blade Runner 2049 is coming out in less than a month, I figure I’d hunker down and watch the movie that has grown to become a beloved sci-fi flick.
And guess what!?
Minus Sean Young’s hair in the first half of the movie, I really liked this film! And if I had watched this before literally any other post apocalyptic, what-happens-when-technology-becomes-sentient film that I’ve seen in my lifetime, I would probably have more appreciation for this cult classic.
Based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner tells the story of Rick Deckard, a blade runner who’s tasked with hunting down recently escaped replicants (androids). Along the way, he meets a replicant that causes him to question what it actually means to be human.
I don’t want to take anything away from this film, but you watch a few Terminators and I, Robot, and you get the gist of what the movie wants you to feel. You have a protagonist who’s weary of robots, who’s seen the dangerous capabilities of robots, who just hates those damn robots cause of that thing that they did that the audience won’t find out about until midway through the movie….only for them to get to know a robot, and realize that not all robots are that bad, and who are the real monsters here, anyway?
It’s a question I’ve pondered many, many times because I’ve seen this story many, many times. But Harrison Ford is perfect in this role, and watching his journey from jaded cop into questioning hero is a delight.
Don’t let my attempts at snark fool you: there’s a reason why this film is a cult classic, and I’ll be looking forward to joining the masses when its sequel comes out on October 6th.
Also, Rutger Hauer is #ifiwerestraightbaeallday.