Blade Runner movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Not that this sci-fi/action movie isn’t well-made or really terrible, but it’s just not everyone’s taste in film. However, things that could’ve made Blade Runner more engaging would be less weakness in the writing, not talking about how some may feel confused.


A blade runner is tasked with exterminating four escaped replicants who have returned to Earth after stealing a ship in space.

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Movie details

Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, M. Emmet Walsh, Joe Turkel, Brion James
Writer: Hampton Fancher, David Peoples
Release Date (Australia): 16 December 1982
Runtime: 117 minutes/1h 57m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action
Country: USA
Language: English, German, Cantonese, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic material includes science fiction themes, sexual themes, death and existentialism.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains strong levels of violence that include shootings and a scene of eye-gouging, accompanied by blood detail and sprays of blood.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single use of the word “f**ker”.

Nudity (M)

The film includes brief scenes of female breasts nudity.

Sex (PG)

The film includes mild sexualised themes throughout.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s not terribly-made or anything, it just depends on your interest in film and the dystopian science fiction genre. But even for some who are mildly interested in or don’t mind the genre, there are multiple flaws throughout this movie that make it an unmemorable bore to watch. Harrison Ford plays a blade runner who’s tasked with exterminating four replicants, and the storyline works, but the pacing is dull.

To where credit is due, Blade Runner is a gorgeous-looking movie with a very interesting depiction of 2019 thanks to the talented master behind Alien, director Ridley Scott. Blade Runner has a dystopian concept with sci-fi topics, but besides all of that and the action, the story is accompanied by a dramatic aspect on existentialism and what it means to be human, which will surprise those going into the film with little information. Harrison Ford and Sean Young also deliver their roles very well.

But the things that may ruin the film are big. Although the plot is very interesting and terrifically-designed, it’s incredibly slow and often boring, with very infrequent fast scenes and bland action. But consider seeing this movie for the talent invested in it, the fact that most audiences and sci-fi fans will find it exquisitely entertaining, and the final confrontations and emotional intensity during the third act. Blade Runner is a good movie, but it just doesn’t appeal to some.

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