If there every was a movie that had “atmosphere” then it had to be this Futuristic Film Noir exploration of what makes us human. Packed with stunning visuals that still hold up today this stylized masterpiece asks the most basic questions; why are we here, where are we going.
Dekkard is a member of a unique police unit (Bladerunners) tasked with finding and eliminating artificial humans known as replicants. When a group of these artificial humans return to Earth with questions Dekkard is forced out of retirement for one last case.
At the time of it’s release the studio wasn’t exactly sure how to present this over-budget juggernaut of a Sci-Fi film, eventually deciding on a hollow narrative (performed against his will by Harrison Ford). The movie was a flop, partially due to marketing but mostly due to the failure of the studio to recognize that they have a work of art, not an action movie on their hands.
Years later Ridley Scott finally got the chance to bring out the Director’s Cut which is the only version that you should ever watch.
Note of interest: The director (Scott), writers (Fancher & Peoples) and lead-actor (Ford) could never agree whether Dekkard’s character is Human or a Replicant, which the film never answers. Ironically, the film achieves it’s absurd level of genius only because of this fact. Which goes to prove that great art is more chance than planning.