Thursday, March 27, 2008

L.A. Law: Blade Runner: The Director's Cut

A great, futuristic science fiction thriller with a couple rough spots that the film skirts. I have never seen the original cut of Blade Runner, which had Richard Deckard's (Harrison Ford) narration, and an upbeat ending, but I heard that it was not worthy of a view, so I checked out Ridley Scott's version. The movie's take on Los Angeles is pretty amazing, as a sort of beautiful hell, somewhat like a moderately tuned down version of London in George Orwell's 1984 (no thoughtcrimes). But that's only the beginning. The plot, involving 5 replicants (Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Brion James, and Joanna Cassidy), sort of android slaves that are almost exactly like humans that need to be tracked down, is good, but there is simply not enough action to keep the movie going. I seem sometimes to be hypocritical about substance and too much substance. For instance, take Slipstream and Crash, two relatively mediocre movies, with absolutely no substance. Just either insanity or emotion, respectfully. With this movie, though, the action is not as plentiful as a viewer would hope for. But when there is action, it is good. The executions of the replicants are all very well filmed and are amazing. About the acting: Harrison Ford, who has less screen time than advertised, is pretty good, but the best performances in the movie are delivered by Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah. These two are creepy in these roles, and succeed very much. The best part of the movie: the abrupt and thought-provoking ending set up by Edward James Olmos' oragami: Is Deckard a replicant? All in all, this movie is a great look into the future with good performances and great cinematography. A-

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