Blade Runner is one of those films that ran away with its own future (conveniently perhaps). With less than stunning reviews meeting its release, and more than a few audiences turned off by its strangely dark presentation, the film nevertheless managed to continue to convert fans over several years (amazingly this is the 30th Anniversary release), and now finds itself frequently referred to as the best sci-fi film ever.
The film not only pushed boundaries, and showed us the wild and complex imagination of Ridley Scott in his prime, but kicked off the movie world’s love affair with Phillip K. Dick. Though the screenplay diverges greatly from the source material (as do all films based on his work), the spirit of his story comes through far better than in most efforts.
Blade Runner, which holds up incredibly well today, weaves through surprising complexities, and showcases questions and odd turns enough for multiple viewings. »
- Marc Eastman
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