Blade Runner – A Cult? How?

Later this year a remake of the movie Blade Runner is coming to theaters. Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the first movie. Lately the old movie from 1982 is rocketing sky-high in the popularity charts.

I vaguely remember this movie from a long time ago. I know the movie did not do that great at the box-office. It’s budget to make was about 28 million and according to sources gross was 33 million. Somehow this movie is labeled cult today. After watching the Final Cut version today I rated this movie on IMDB and was confused by the other ratings.

The movie ratings is thru the roof, IMDB 8.2, Moviedb 7.9, Metacritic 89%, Rotten Tomatos 89% and after some thought I rated it a 6.

Lets take a look at the IMDB ratings:

IMDB votes

Giving this a 10 or 1 is stupid so I’m not gonna discus those numbers. Very few people gave this movie less than 6, so it’s got something. A very high number of people gave this a 8 and a 9. Lets take a closer look.

IMDB votes

And this is where it gets sketchy.. This movie is 35 years old. People under the age of 18 rating this movie is so hard to believe… I can not image the teenager twilight saga, hunger games and pitch perfect generation watching this 2 hour long movie that tells you it is playing in the future and looks like it going down in an awful place in 1994 without electronic devices.

People between 18 and 29 also didn’t see the movie when it was released. They could have picked up one of the many DVD and Blue-ray boxes, but watching the Final Cut version (the latest one from 2007 and the Ridley Scott edited version) it’s also hard to image people are blown away by the visuals. The movie is just to old for that and the story is thin at best.

The name of the actor is the same size as the movie name.

The story is okay, the screenplay and logic on the other hand… The movie starts with a prologue in text explaining the story and problem with replicants (the androids). Harrison Ford is a special police detective who hunts these replicants. The story takes places in a very crowded and shitty world. (We really need to take better care of the world if this is going to be our world in 2019 😉 ) Apparently it always rains in 2019 and people are only active during the night.

A Ridley Scott scene 1982
Another Ridley Scott scene. No it’s not from Alien or Prometheus, the man has more visual settings then one Sci-Fi setting 😉

One funny moment in the beginning of the story ( and sadly around the 30 minute mark of the film) was when Harrison tells it’s too bright in here.

That was literally just 5 seconds after I had to change the energy-saving function from my tv from high to off because the picture was to dark 😀

I don’t know what the story behind the many Chinese people is in LA. You might have had a more diverse set of people if the movie had taken place in Hong Kong. The tv ads on the jumbotrons even have Chinese writing in it. It bugged me when they were walking between Chinese art and people and they had to go to “Chinatown” for a lead. Arriving in Chinatown… it was the most non-Chinese place in the whole freaking movie with a Arabic vibe to it.

Being a great detective that Harrison Ford is the files of the 4 replicants are given to him. One replicant has the function for human pleasure of something like that. So Harrison goes to the strip club and tada… replicant is found. For some reason the replicant likes to walk though a lot of windows and is shot after a short chase. Being the luckiest detective ever the second replicant shows up out of nowhere just 20 seconds after the first one has been taken of the street on the same spot.

I can’t tell you how he finds the two other ones but they end up being in a building together.

Building in Blade Runner

This building is owned by one man and during the meet and greet with one replicant he is telling that he is living mostly alone in it and that there hasn’t been a lot of demand for housing with the colonization on other planets. What!?

Looks like one big ass building for one man! And how come is it so crowded in every scene outside if people left for other planets?

The third replicant get shots while doing some gymnastics during a fight… (pretty dumb for a robot that is smarter than humans) and the final replicant Rutger Hauer is not happy about that and wants to kill Ford for that… I think. Not sure, they fight a lot but the replicant does not really fight.

To make it a so so film even worse at the end. The last replicant turns itself off or its life is up (they are only built to last 4 years) Totally unexpected and just stupid. Scene over. After that it seems like Ford is doing a James Bond at the end by taking some time off with the girl. Only the girl is a replicant and it kinda goes against everything told in the movie. At the last moment Ford finds an origami swan made of thin foil, I assume on the location where the Hauer replicant shutdown, with the origami or swan having absolutely no meaning what so ever in this movie.

ps. The replicant is gone, great police work Ford.

After writing this I wonder why I even gave it a 6…

You do not need to watch this one if you are going the see the remake.

 

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