Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★★

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"All this attention to detail isn't just dazzling; the details carry implications about the setting and how human nature could allow for such conditions. Invasive, omnipresent advertising serves to imply that the public is spiritually dead in its materialism, becoming complacent in the solidification of a society of the spectacle. In his heavier and lighter films alike, Ridley Scott often explores themes of sight and spectatorship, from the rulers in Gladiator using bread-and-circuses as political action to the grifters in Matchstick Men reveling in & misdirecting with the dramatic. The very first shots of Blade Runner are a grand sight of the beauty of the city, as well as a non-diagetic image of an "all-seeing eye," which Scott in the director's commentary of the Final Cut version describes as "Orwellian.""

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