Filmtense’s review published on Letterboxd:
Title: Blade Runner <The Final Cut> (1982) // Review: I’m going to keep this review short because so much has already been said about this masterpiece. Despite that, this is one of my most favorite sci-fi movies, and perhaps one of the best of all time. The special effects and moral questions it brings up are nearly unparalleled to anything else.
For 1982 and today’s standards, the special effects are gorgeous and arguably better than some modern effects. The dark and dystopian mood its able to capture is breathtaking. Then there’s the fascinating story. A story of police men called “blade runners” chasing down and “retiring” cyborgs called “replicants” is so fantastical and unique. And yet, the movie still feels grounded and almost real. Furthermore, whenever I watch this movie, I just get immensely engrossed into the experience; it feels like a fever dream in the best possible way.
Now, I’d like to get into the most striking thing about this movie: the themes and questions it poses. What does it mean to be human? Can something artificial be natural? Do androids dream of electric sheep? So many deep and moral issues. In the film, we see how similar the replicants are to people, basically imperceptible. These beings think, experience, and feel just like us. Does it really matter where they came from if they are “fake”? Does it really matter if their memories are someone else’s? I don’t really think so. All that matters is if it feels real and to live in the moment. To me, they ARE human, and we shouldn’t allow prejudice to dehumanize people.
The only problem I had with the flick was that Rutger Hauer’s acting as Roy near the end could be a little silly. But that’s honestly nothing.
Blade Runner was and still is a masterpiece and technical marvel. The moral questions it asks will probably forever boggle people. This review may disappear like tears in the rain, but this film’s impact will forever be felt. I will rate this a solid 10/10.