The first time that I saw Blade Runner was in 2000 and something. Over the past year I’ve watched it again and this time it was the Final Cut. The film features three versions, Theatrical Cut, which was the version released in theaters in 1982, the Director’s Cut, the version designed by Ridley Scott and the Final Cut, the version released on the 2007 Special DVD.
The Final Cut or the Director’s Cut are the versions worth seeing. They do not have the final scene that the studios forced Ridley Scott to add. They thought that if the movie ended the way Scott had idealized, people wouldn’t understand.
For me, it is a little challenging to write about movies because I do not know the technical terms and my experience is the one from a simple viewer. So I write about banal impressions of someone who really enjoys the seventh art.
In 1982 Ridley Scott created a masterpiece inspired by Philipe K. Dick’s book, Do androids dream of electric sheep? which became the percussion of a film genre, the sci-fi noir. That kind of sci-fi present in films depicting dystopian futures, such as Toral Recall and so many others.
Blade Runner takes place in 2019 and recounts the hunt of Detective Deckard, who is summoned to exterminate deserting droids, the Replicants, who fled after a rebellion. These replicants, belonging to the Nexus 6 generation, are extremely similar to human beings despite possessing great physical strength and above-average intelligence.
The movie may seem more like a police thriller, with a man vs. machine battle, but it goes way beyond. Scott’s work deals with the condition that humanizes us all, the possibility of death, and the feeling of wanting to overcome it. After all, what these replicants want is to find their creator, Tyrell, and force him to give them more time to live. As a human supplication before the creator, god, ala, and so on.
The film has one of the most incredible monologues in film history, the last scene of the replicant Roy: “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”.
The experiences of these machines evaporate just like the human ones when the hour of death arrives.
The sequel, Blade Runner 2049, hit theaters with many questions. Was Denis Villeneuve’s film the height of its precursor? And the answer is yes.
The story takes place thirty years later and explores a small spit from the first film, the uniqueness of the Replicant Rachel. Rachel, according to Tyrell himself, was one of a kind. She would not expire in 4 years like Roy.
In 2049 the new replicants are integrated into society and do jobs that no longer compete to humans, such as being a detective. K is a new Android model and works eliminating old models that are still on the loose. In his hunt, he is faced with the bone of a replicant who died giving birth, something unthinkable. K then begins to search for the child who was born from this replicant.
K’s guessing, he thinks and wants to be this child, also expresses the eagerness of the androids in search of aspects that make them human, that is, own memories, family, and a singularity that take them from the condition of mere tools of work.
The sequel of Blade Runner does not spoil Scott’s work, it delicately completes a story that we imagined did not need continuity or explanation.
It is foreseeable to think that Blade Runner 2049 will play the same role as Blade Runner 2019, to be a milestone in film history.