Film Screening 2nd November, 2002

Poster for Blade Runner (director's cut)

Blade Runner (director's cut) 

10:00 PM, 2nd November, 2002

  • M
  • 116 mins
  • 1982
  • Ridley Scott
  • Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples
  • Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Deckard (Ford) is a Blade Runner. It's his job to hunt down the near-human Replicants - cyborgs used as slave labour on the outer planets, but banned on Earth. After a group of five highly advanced replicants hijack a ship and escape, Deckard must track them all down.

Blade Runner was (and still is) a complex film. Its complexity led to an initial panic by the studio, which insisted on re-editing the film and including a voice-over to make the film more 'understandable'. This version, the Director's Cut, restores the film to its original state. Ridley Scott has realised an incredibly complex world, with beautiful visual effects and camera shots. This is one of those films you simply have to see on the big screen - trying to cram this film into a 51cm TV is a travesty [Don't try it at home, kiddies - Eds]. The main flaw in the film is the somewhat detached performances of most of the stars, Harrison Ford especially. Of course, a case can be made that this adds to the film rather than detracts from it. Go see this film!

Robert Ewing