A science fiction movie Blade Runner, released in 1982, was directed by Ridley Scott. It's the first movie released on DVD. The film was based upon the Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher, soundtrack by Vangelis, in pre-production it has been invested over $2.5 million. Blade Runner won many awards, including Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, BAFTA Film Award (1983) for best cinematography and best costume design, Hugo Award (1983) for best dramatic presentation. It is not a traditional sci-fi movie, it's about the meaning and the value of life, about nature of individual identity and experience, it examines the impact of technology on human society and existence. The film foresees overpopulation, globalization, climate change and genetic engineering, all important issues of 20th century.
The film depicts apocalyptic, future Los Angeles in 2019. The scientists from Tyrell Corporation created genetically- engineered human cyborgs, the replicants who have greater strength and intelligence than humans. They are Nexus 6 model. These replicants are created to serve humans. They are identical to humans, only by sophisticated procedure called the Voight- Kampf test (something like lie-detector machine) is capable to distinguish humans from replicants, but even then the results are not perfect.
There are four replicants: Pris (Daryl Hannah), Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), Leon Kowalski (Brion James) and the leader Roy Batty (Rutger Hawer). They only have a four-year to live in order to be prevented from developing their own emotions and desire for independence but the replicants developed emotions and fear of death.
They have escaped from an off-world colony, and they seek for their creator, because they want a longer life, more experience and to be a human. They are unsure and confused about existence, seek answers to many questions, they are trying to overcome their limitations and mortality, and they can be interpret as a metaphor of humans.
Eric Rick Deckard, a special policemen Blade Runner (Harison Ford) has a job to hunt down and kill escaped replicants who are declared illegal on Earth.
When he was sent to the Tyrell Corporation to ensure that the Voight-Kampf test works on Nexus 6 model he saw Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell's assistant, an experimental replicants who believes to be a human. Her consciousness has been endowed with memories from Tyrell's niece and she had lived an entire lifetime of her experience. When she realized this, she was confused and angry and it was very difficult for her to locate and define her true self.
The plot focuses on a brutal group of replicants hiding in Los Angeles and a semi -retired blade runner who is trying to find them and kill, with several dramatic moments involving life and death struggles.
You'll be pleasantly surprised if you're planning to take sides in this film because there are no sides.
There are many topics to debate about this movie because the end is left ambigous: Who is really a replicant? Are replicants really bad? Are replicants really human? Is Deckard a hero? Is Deckard a replicant? These are all question to which your imagination has to answer, but one thing is certain, this film makes us aware that we should be grateful for being alive and that we shouldn't take our life for granted.