Sunday, June 15, 2014

At the Movies: Blade Runner - The Director's Cut

2019 - Deckard is a cop in the special forces unit.  He's a Blade Runner.  He can track down Replicants who have gone rogue; and his type are in great demand.  However, Blade Runners are a dying breed, so Deckard retired before he was killed in the line of duty.
However, his boss has tracked him down and found him in Chinatown, LA enjoying his dinner to tell him that four Replicants have broken free on an off-Earth ship and escaped to live here on Earth - in LA in fact - and he's needed to track them down.


So, he begrudgingly starts looking for them by going to the company which started making them in the beginning.  They have made better model Replicants since the Nexus 6 model.  The newer models are harder to spot, more difficult to figure out and are more likely to pass as humans and less violent when they come to the end of their lives - which by the way is only 4 years.  The newer models are given background memories, a mind, feelings and other things the Nexus 6 models never had.

Deckard is struck at the newer model he's encountered... it's not at how hard it was to make her as a Replicant, it was how human she was to begin with.  He has definitely been out of the game too long to realise things have advanced faster than he expected.

During his investigation, he comes across clues as to where the others are.  He finds one working as a stripper, and succeeds in 'retiring' her.  But her other friends, who are watching out for her, hate the fact a Blade Runner is looking for them.  Leon (the Replicant who started the whole investigation by killing the Blade Runner testing him), tries to kill Deckard, and he nearly does when the newer model of Replicant grabs Deckard's gun and shoot Leon, 'retiring' him.
She can't go back to her owner now, not after she's committed a crime like this against her own.  So, she goes home with Deckard.  And this is where it really gets complex!
As the movie progresses, the there's only two Nexus 6 model Replicants left for Deckard to find and 'retire'... and it doesn't take long for him to find them; as there's a report that the creator and the programmer of the Replicants are both found dead at their places of residence.

I love this movie.  It's gritty, fantastically filmed and is based on a short shorty by Philip K Dick... and I could watch it over and over and never get sick of it.  I think it's one of the reasons why I love to write sci-fi and horror as well as read it.  Harrison Ford plays Deckard and is brilliantly cast as the Blade Runner; and it's well worth getting in and watching the Director's Cut as there's a few things that are cut out you'll like - just a few touches that make the film worthwhile.    

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