When the film “Blade Runner” first appeared in 1982, the reception from the critics was not exactly enthusiastic. The film was a box office failure and polarised the critics. However, Ridley Scott’s film slowly became a huge cult success and accepted for the masterpiece that it is.
It was the dark, dystopian futuristic view of Los Angeles that fascinated viewers while it repelled. The city is claustrophic, crammed with many races, as genetically engineered replicants flee from police assassins known as “blade runners”. It is the job of these blade runners to hunt down and “retire” any replicants they can catch. The main character, Rick Deckard, (Harrison Ford) is a semi-retired blade runner and he is brought back for one last case.
The film presents a dark, brutal vision of the world, exuding danger, pain and emotional alienation. On SKY news, as I write, the first robot girl friend made in the US. It can be programmed to have a personality. Is Blade Runner a vision of the world to come?
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