Blade Runner: The Final Cut

This came to be because a friend asked me to watch this franchise. This is only my second time watching any version of Blade Runner. This is another movie that younger Michael would have been bored by but would have enjoyed just because it had sci-fi stuff in it. My two separate viewings have been wildly different versions which were the theatrical version first, like fifteen years ago, and the most recent was The Final Cut. I know that Blade Runner: The Final Cut is the only version that Ridley Scott had complete creative control over.

Ridley Scott is a director that has had some bad luck when it comes to movies, especially in the 80s. Between this and Legend he had some issues with studios making changes to his movies that he didn’t like. While Legend only had one other version come out, Blade Runner has had seven different versions with The Final Cut being the seventh and final version. It was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples and based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick.

Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, James Hong, Morgan Paull, and Hy Pyke. Rutger Hauer is amazing as Roy Batty. You see a lot of the menace that he brought to the screen in The Hitcher in this, especially near the end. All of the cast that play Replicants have amazing performances. Both Sean Young and Daryl Hannah have two of the best performances outside of Hauer. Harrison Ford kinda plays the same kind of character that he played in his early career.

The visual effects in Blade Runner look amazing even now. There’s a video on the Corridor Crew that has an explanation of how they were done. The use of models and practical elements help them all look so good after all of these years. The set and costume design in Blade Runner is one of the reasons that it stands out among the other sci-fi movies of the time. They both work together for the movie to have such a singular look. The music from Vangelis is amazing. The score does a lot to sell the neo noir feel of the movie.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut is the definite creative vision of a classic movie. There are so many elements of Blade Runner that work so well together that it feels like a movie that came too early, which is probably a safe thing to say. It was a kind of a bomb when it was originally released, and the critics didn’t care for it either. That’s pretty on par for critics because they don’t care for genre releases of any kind, for the most part. You can stream Blade Runner: The Final Cut on HBO Max. I give Blade Runner: The Final Cut 9.5 origami animals out of 10.

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