DIRECTOR: RIDLEY SCOTT
CAST: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Darryl Hannah
SCREENPLAY BY: Hampton Fancher and David Peoples
MUSIC BY: Vangelis Pappathanassiou and others
VISUAL EFFECTS: Douglas Trumbull (2001 and Star Wars)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jordan Cronenwerth
ONE WORD: Beautifully written film and coupled with magnificent music and touch.
I think this is one of the better films that have ever been made for the screen. And it's music ... ohh my gawd, is it ever beautifully used!
From its conception, creator brings about life, to its end, this film is one of those that delivers with gut wrenching energy. While the real fight is not yet won, the outcome of the film is at least positive, although, the creator of the replicas had NOT QUITE been able to create a perfect replica. Although Rachel, seems to be holding up well.
It's really amazing what a good script, and a good director can do. You take this recipe and add a few more geniuses to the pond and turn them loose. The result is a film worth seeing, in its entirety, now re-released as the infamous DIRECTOR'S CUT (which often means Europe has already seen it, and us ducks are a few years behind finding out what's in it ) which means that the studio originally found the movie too long and told the director to leave, before they opened it to the public. It is pathetic when the hands of a few control the sights ( and minds ) of the public who are not given the chance to judge the work on its own merit. Still, even without the twenty some minutes missing, the film still holds up very nicely thanks to some good acting, and superior set presence, which has become Ridley Scott's major trademark.
Harrison Ford plays an ex-agent for the government, whose job is to stamp out the dissidents. The dissidents were the people who did not allow themselves to be replicated by the 'god-like' father who runs this city. However, there are also some replicants who were made above average, and they, too have had malfunctions, and had to be done away with. Rutger Hauer is one of these, and the story of the film is really more of his survival and eventual death than it is the protagonists. During this process, the agent falls in love with the creator's best replicants yet, Rachel, and with whom he stays at the end of the film, which is told in retrospect, four years later, and he is still with his beloved.
There are some moments in the film which are really nerve wrecking, in that it questions much of what society stands for, and what plans it usually has for its very own people, without the people's approval or desire. The rebellious replicants stand for this. The most unpleasant scene is when Hauer walks into his maker's office and kills him, as a thanks for not having the desire to fix the damaged replicants. The son kills the father and creator.
Towards the end of the film, the replicant, in a vicious life/death confrontation with his suitor, even performs a good deed, he saves the life of his hated hunter, and then explains to him what has happened. This sets him apart from the rest of the replicants. He really isn't a rebellious revolutionary, as much as he is a replicant trying to find a thread of life. This stunning turn of events leaves us in total shock, with an ending which comes much too fast, and in an agonizingly poetic manner.
The music, and the visual combinations in this film are superior in many ways. The effect is stunning, colorful, and specially disturbing on many occasions, when we notice the repetition of the commercials, and therefore the tendency towards brainwashing of the lower classes. The film says a lot about inner revolution by just being itself. Does one wish to fall for the social mold he is often given and told to work with, or does one have the inner ability to withstand the counter attack, if he/she wishes to follow the beat of his own drum. The society they live in is a nation of sheep. And why should it be a crime to want freedom.
Highly recommended film, although it is specially sobering, with some graphical violence. Your social conscience will be tested.
This film was Vangelis Pappathanassiou's umpteenth film score, he won an Oscar for 'Chariots of Fire', and shows Vangelis' ease with illuminating the scenery with beautiful, and meaningful music, this time augmented by Douglas Trumbull's optical effects, and visual imagery, which add a very surrealistic view of a futuristic society, which is a concrete jungle, if not a light, sound, and media over laden society, where its people are meaningless in the face of the government's populist ( fake/ media pushed ) ideas.
A must see film for serious film watchers.
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