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Blade Runner (1982)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Blade Runner (1982)

In director Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic - an imaginative, film-noirish and futuristic sci-fi melodrama, adapted from a Philip K. Dick novel, that told about a decaying and dreary Los Angeles in the year 2019:

  • the fiery apocalyptic view of Los Angeles ("Neo-Tokyo") in the dystopic 21st century with hover cars, gigantic skyscrapers, electronic holographic advertisement-billboards on floating crafts, etc. - reflected in a single human eye in the film's opening
  • the film's first glimpse in the rainy drizzle of the blade runner-hero Deckard (Harrison Ford) reading a newspaper against a store display window
  • the scene in which Deckard informed unknowing replicant Rachael (Sean Young) that she wasn't human
  • the love scene between Deckard and Rachael when he slammed her against venetian blinds; he cornered her there and finally broke her down with a kiss; he then instructed the android on how to reciprocate his love, although she protested - unsure of her romantic capability; he instructed her on love until she, on her own, told him to put his hands on her, and continue their love-making
  • the chase through the busy streets after exotic replicant snake lady Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) who was wearing a transparent raincoat - and her slow-motion death amidst shattering glass and blood, when she crashed through plate glass windows before her shard-covered death, after she was repeatedly shot by Deckard
Spectacular Deaths of Replicants
Roy Batty
  • the exciting scene of acrobatic replicant Pris' (Daryl Hannah) hiding among dolls and then her attempt to crush Deckard's head between her thighs, before he was able to shoot her in the stomach - she died an agonizing death, screeching as her limbs flailed spastically; later after finding her corpse with her lifeless tongue protruding from her mouth, teary-eyed and grieving lead replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) - in a sensual, intimate farewell moment in the obliquely-cold film, sadly and soulfully kissed his dead lover's lips and caressed her tongue; when he pulled away from her mouth, he repositioned her tongue within her mouth so that she didn't die looking like an animal
  • the sequence of Roy's brutal killing of Tyrell (Joe Turkel) who was responsible for the creation of the replicants; Roy, the "prodigal son", reverently touched Tyrell's cheek with one hand, and placed his strong hands on both sides of Tyrell's face and kissed his replicant God - his 'father' Tyrell, passionately on the lips [Note: a reference to the Jesus/Judas betrayal in the New Testament, with a kiss.]; with his powerful bare hands and a look of utter contempt and pathos, Roy suddenly crushed and caved in his maker's skull with superhuman strength and gouged his eyes (!) out as Tyrell screamed - with blood oozing out of his eye sockets
  • the final vivid and brutal chase scene between Roy Batty and Deckard - through Sebastian's apartment and onto the rooftop, and Deckard's rescue from the edge of the building
Roy Batty's Soliloquy to Deckard
  • Roy's climactic, mournful and poignant soliloquy: ("I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die....") as he expired in the rain and a white dove flew upward - supplemented by Deckard's musings and narration: "I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life - anybody's life. My life. All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where do I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die"
  • the final sequence when Deckard's fellow cop Gaff (Edward James Olmos) left a shiny, silver, tin-foil origami of a unicorn outside Deckard's apartment - one of Gaff's sculptured, calling-card creations; Gaff had spared replicant Rachael's life when he had the chance to kill her; Gaff's words about her short time to live were recalled to Deckard (as he held up the origami creation): "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?"; Deckard joined love interest Rachael in the elevator as they left to escape the law into an uninhabited wilderness with blue skies; a final voice-over narration (in a tacked-on 1982 version) explained that Rachael was a special replicant without a pre-set or fixed termination date: ("Gaff had been there, and let her live. Four years, he figured. He was wrong. Tyrell had told me Rachael was special: no termination date. I didn't know how long we had together. Who does?")

Los Angeles Cityscape

Deckard's Kissing Scene With Rachael

Roy Kissing Pris' Corpse

Roy Batty's Murder of Tyrell by Eye-Gouging

The Tin-Foil Origami Unicorn


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