Released in 1982, Blade Runner was not a box office success, but has subsequently attained cult status. In the original release print, the main character, Rich Deckard (Harrision Ford) had voiceover narration and a somewhat happy ending. In 1992, it was re-released under the much touted "Director's Cut" concept, where one hopes to get something better. (Or at least more skin.) In this case we get something better. Gone is the voiceover narration. And the happy ending is modified. So this review reflects these changes, since it was the "Director's Cut" that made it to DVD.
Here is the opening roll-up text found at the very beginning of Blade Runner. It does an excellent job of introducing the story:
"Early in the 21st Century the Tyrell Corporation advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase - a being virtually identical to a human - known as a Replicant.
The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them.
Replicants were used Off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets.
After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-world colony, Replicants were declared illegal on earth - under the penalty of death.
Special police squads - BLADE RUNNER UNITS - had orders to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicant.
This was not called execution.
It was called retirement."
The story takes place in the year 2019, and is set in a crowded, apocalyptic Los Angeles. The role of law-enforcement, urban sprawl, dignity for life, genetic engineering and human emotion are played out with such insight, that it is a challenge to find a film today to match the insightfulness of Blade Runner. This film came just three years after Director Ridley Scott made his very scary 1979 Aliens.
Rick Deckard is a former Blade Runner forced to re-submerge himself into the role of lawman. He is considered the only one capable of finding and destroying these robots. Is he also one of them?
This is a complex, revealing, insightful, and quite brilliant motion picture.
GetFlix rates Blade Runner: 10