Blade Runner – Best Scenes. 35 years after a sequel is ready

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Blade Runner (1982) is a slight adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the third book by enigmatic and genius writer Philip K. Dick that had not the expected impact on this story directed by Ridley Scott and starring actor Harrison Ford.

35 years after of having been in theaters, it has been entrusted to Canadian director Denis Villeneuve a sequel. Over time and with a new director’s cut, this sci-fi film has reached a new dimension and now it is considered one of the classic of this film genre.

That change has been the product of different versions of the movie: the original that was exhibited to few audience who didn’t receive well; the one released in theaters with an edition made by Warner Bros. that was not accepted either despite its “happy ending”; another one for international market; the director’s cut released in 1992; and the “final version” released for its 25th anniversary.

With the arrival of the new movie the discussion about if main character, Rick Deckard, is human or replicant has been put on the table again. The curious thing about that is the same Scott erased the doubts when said, some time ago, that nature of this character was not human.

Settled in 2019 (just in our time), in Bladde Runner there is a super powerful company called Tyrell Corporation that thanks to genetic engineering created a series of human-like robots but with stronger and agility that are called replicants. They work as slaves and one day a group rebels violently, so they become a threat to peace for humans and they are exiled from Earth. Replicants that don’t obey orders will be prosecuted and killed by Blade Runners.

Take a look to four of its Best Scenes:

1. The Opening – The Eye

All sequence of opening has a great mystery and soundtrack (by Vangelis). It is settled in LA in November 2019. There, a big eye sees the chaos that has broken out over a city on fire, with overpopulation and health problems. The eye will be important in the rest of the film because is an essential element to distinguish between humans and replicants.

This opening had this introduction:

“Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced robot evolution into the NEXUS phase – a being virtually identical to a human – known as a Replicant. The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them. Replicants were used Off-World as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets. After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-World colony, Replicants were declared illegal on earth – under penalty of death. Special police squads – BLADE RUNNER UNITS – had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicant. This was not called execution. It was called retirement”.

2. A Geisha

Blade Runner has full of product placement (the publicity that is hidden in scenes) and in the middle of this futuristic and dark place with a lot of neon lights, we see a Geisha putting a candy in her mouth. The moment is creepy for some audience, but other, like us, could remember those pills or the “Soma” used in Aldous Huxley novel (Brave New World) that has been also showed in some productions by Wachowsky sisters. The complete sequence with futuristic cars flying the L.A. skyscrapers has been referenced in many movies of this genre.

3. The first meeting with Rachel

It is a tense meeting, full of information visually, between two replicants if we considered the real nature of Rick Deckard according what Ridley Scott said. This one is also known as the “Owl Scene”, because this animal flies over the set several times. The shooting of this scene was quite complicated.

4. The final scene. Tears in rain monologue

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die”. These are the words said by Roy Batty, a replicant, to Deckard under the rain. The quote had a part of improvisation and it has became in one of the best moments of science fiction and dystopia, specially. The one is a good example of duality of androids; their closeness but at the same time distance with humans.

The Sequel

The sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) with a screenplay co-written by Hampton Fancher, who also co-wrote the first movie. Settled 30 years after the first events, a L.A. officer discovers a dark secret that would mean the end for humanity. This officer is K (starring Ryan Gosling) who has the obligation to find the disappeared Rick Deckard.

This new film will have the return of Harrison Ford who shares cast, among others, with Lennie Janes, Robin Wright and Jared Leto.

Blade Runner 2049 will be on international theaters next October 6th.

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