I need ya, Deck. This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old blade runner, I need your magic.
So this movie was reccommended to me by one of my closest friends. She said I would love it. It is a dystopian future film, and you know how I love that…
Plus film-noir, one of my faves!
Has Harrison Ford as the star
And the film is about questions of morality, the soul, what it means to be human, is it wrong to create life, etc. You know…
So what did I think if it?
I HATED IT
I know-it makes no sense. How can all these elements blend together, and not be something I love? It makes no sense!
So the film is based of the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep? by Phillip K. Dick. It is set in 2019 and follows Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford, who is a bounty hunter hired to “retire” (kill) replicants. Replicants are androids who look like humans with extras -such as speed, agility, and strength. They have no empathy or other emotions and are created for services-mining, sex, etc. Deckard is the best in the business, the “Blade Runner”, and is hired to take down a serious group of runaway replicants-Roy Batty, Zhora, Leon, and Pris.
He visits Tyrell Corp. to speak to the owner and creator of the replicants. Tyrell asks him to talk to his assistant Rachael who is beautiful, intelligent, a femme fatale, and a replicant. So good she almost fools him.
I didn’t think she was a very compelling character. I also didn’t get the relationship between the two-I didn’t feel any chemistry. I thought Rachael was very robotic and lost in the eyes.
The rest of the story has Deckard trying to track down these killers-while we also see their side of everything. They want to live and as people-not four years on the outerplanet mines where they are worn out, or used for sex/to excite people. Life is not good for them and they want better.
In theory it should be good, but I just did not get into it. The visuals were good, but the people- I didn’t feel their emotions. I know a lot love it, but for me it was a complete wash.
To start Horrorfest VII from the beginning, go to It’s the End of the World: The Birds (1963)
For the previous post, go to The Witch’s Curse: Murder She Wrote (1992)
For more film-noir, go to You Don’t Know Which Way to Turn, There’s No Place to Hide, Nowhere to run…: The Blue Gardenia (1953)
For more dystopian futures, go to It Was a Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451
For more cyborgs, go to For Darkness Shows the Stars
For more Harrison Ford, go to I Know You Can Do This: Working Girl (1988)
For more bounty hunters, go to I Only Care That You Succeed: How I Met Your Mullet, Raising Hope (2014)