Bladerunner (1982)

14 June 2013

I watched Bladerunner for the first time about one or two years ago and I recall not being overly impressed with it and actually fell asleep part way through it.

Trying to recall my mindset at the time, I believe that my expectations were different for the film than it actually was. I was expecting some kind of futuristic action film and not a slower investigative, one.

Tonight I gave it another viewing and my reactions to it from before remain the same.

The movie was fine, it was just a slow-action film and lacked any real mystery. From the beginning you knew who the Replicants were and you knew what had to be done. It was just a matter of Rick finding and eliminating them and there wasn't much effort put forth in accomplishing that task either.

Watching the sequence unfold was more like attrition; I knew what was going to happen, and I had to wait it out until it was done.

That is my opinion of the plot line and the way it was executed.

As for the cinematography, that was superb and the use of neo noir (I had to read up on these noir terms before writing this) was great.

I think that the execution of the storyline did not match the motif and neo noir mood of the movie. The mysterious mood was present, but the mysterious storyline was not.

I ended up watching the 1982 directors cut version because the iTunes description said it had removed the "uplifting" ending. It also did not have the voice-over that the 2007 version supposedly has. Either way, I was confused by iTunes because both versions were listed as 117 minutes long and one of them was supposed to have extra scenes in it. I seem to recall watching the 1982 version with the voice-over on Netflix the first time, so obviously there are several different versions of it available.

Overall it was an okay movie and if you're really into the film noir type of cinematography then you won't be disappointed with it. Just don't expect an in-depth plot and storyline.

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