Blade Runner (1982)

One of the best science fiction movies ever made, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” has survived the passage of time thanks to Scott’s impressive attention to detail and the strengths of Philip K. Dick’s source material. Harrison Ford makes for a striking leading man here, managing to walk a fine line between confidence and vulnerability, and he’s surrounded by a top-notch supporting cast, but none as effective as Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah and Joanna Cassidy as the Replicants: Hauer’s performance is a peculiar stand-out here, while Hannah and Cassidy makes the most out of limited running time. The score is majestic and the special effects are jaw-dropping, and while the pace is slow, it’s an extraordinarily effective classic. [Final Cut]

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)


  1. This is actually on my top three list.
    Agree with you that Ford’s genius turn here is the vulnerability of his character. Under the action, there’s a series of aching dilemmas for the characters. Deckard’s pain is palpable: if they’re just machines, he’s professionally virtuous, but personally contemptible for his growing emotional entanglement; if they’ve really transcended, as he clearly suspects, he’s impossibly compromised in service of a corrupt order. His final interaction with Roy (Hauer), which runs relentlessly toward an unbearably dark and violent paroxysm, features an aching moment that makes the truth bearable. A masterpiece!

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    1. It was really starting to see Ford so vulnerable, I’m so used to the unbeatable Ford archetype that it came as a shock that he’s not invulnerable. I had just kinda never considered it before lol


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