“All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain.” Blade Runner: Film Review

Basics of Cinema Challenge: 1/43




Title: Blade Runner
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 min



Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time, Blade Runner is a sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott that follows Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) as he hunt down four Replicants and kill them in sight. In the middle of Deckard’s mission, he meets and falls in love with a Replicant named Rachel (Sean Young). Set in 2019, this sci-fi drama tackles several themes such as humanity, artificial intelligence, and life.

Straight up, this is a gorgeous film with great production design as reflected by the setting and props. The world of Blade Runner was immediately established by the opening shot of the city in destruction. But looks aren’t everything. Even though Blade Runner definitely did have a spectacular aesthetic, it lacked in the story department.

Watching Blade Runner is just like skipping stones, it’s just going through the surface of the story and themes but not actually having an in depth discourse about it. The film had so much potential. There were so many things to be discussed but it just breezed through it and it just dragged on and on and on without actually getting deep in the story. In short, the way that the film addressed everything was shallow.

The same thing can be saved for the main character, Deckard. Besides from the hunting and killing being his mission, what motivates this character? What are his conflicts other than being in love with a Replicant? The characterization of almost all of the characters also lacked in depth and felt paper thin.

The film was beautifully shot and the world was amazingly created but the content was just not there. Everyone knows the saying, “Looks aren’t everything,” right? Blade Runner is a fine example of that. There was a lot of potential and expectation but in the end, the film just fell flat and thin.


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