On Fridays, for a change of pace, I am going to review movies and books from a genre that I find quite interesting. As many of you have picked up by now, your intrepid blogger likes science fiction and fantasy stories. I believe authors can make statements in such stories that are sometimes profound but won’t get dismissed without thought because they are couched in storylines that are, at least on the surface, far removed from our lives. Avatar is a notable exception because many people take it to be very overt in its message (I’ll get to that one in a later entry).
Blade Runner stood out as a non-typical science fiction movie in its day. Although Hollywood had shown future’s less gleaming than Star Trek or Star Wars before (Omega Man, Damnation Alley, and Logan’s Run to name a few), somehow Blade Runner came across as more realistic. I don’t necessarily mean with the setting but rather with human nature. Most science fiction movies have “good guys” and “bad guys.” Lesley, who studied film, tells me that Star Wars is basically a western in space. But I don’t think anyone would take Blade Runner for a western.
The concept is that humanity is so advanced that we now create robots (replicants) to do our dirty work. But there’s a catch. To make sure that the replicants do not become too powerful, they have a ‘self destruct’ date of four years or so. Some of the replicants don’t like this and that is what drives the story.
It’s a darker and grittier version of the future. But in a world where faith and love don’t drive us, I believe it is a realistic critique on what we could become (robots or not). Harrison Ford (in a far different role from Han Solo but looking much the same), Sean Young, and Rutger Howard star.
Did you see it? What did you think?
All the best,