Note to self: There is no need to ever watch Blade Runner again.
I think we Netflixed it sometime in the New Jersey era (2003–2008), and parts of it seemed vaguely familiar this time around. I didn’t like it then, and I didn’t like it this time, either.
Yes, Blade Runner is a classic. And yes, the rainy/neon Japanese/German/Spanish vision of the future, with giant pyramid skyscrapers, is wonderfully creative (if not realistic for 2019). And yes, the movie has an interesting, philosophical sci-fi premise. But it’s just brutal. And it goes on for too long.
We watched the theatrical version this time; maybe the international version? I dunno, there are lots of versions. In the version we watched this time, there were silly voice-overs, a happy ending, and no unicorn dream.
The premise is that bio-engineered people (originally created to do dangerous work off world) have developed realistic emotions and thus resent their short lifespans. Four of them are back on Earth for some reason and Harrison Ford’s character is supposed to “retire” (execute) them, which is a creepy thing to have to do because they’re not that different from regular people.
The reason my husband and I watched Blade Runner again was that we are typically intrigued by movies made from Philip K. Dick stories.
- Minority Report (2002)
- The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
- Impostor (2001)
- Paycheck (2003)
- Total Recall (1990)
- Total Recall (2012)
- Next (2007)
Have not seen:
- Radio Free Abelmuth (2010)
- A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Okay, I guess I would watch Blade Runner 2049, which is supposedly going to be released later this year. Not a remake, but rather some kind of sequel. With Harrison Ford in it.