This June 25 marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of bladerunner. Is science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott has become a cult film over the years. With many critics citing her as one of the best exhibitors of the genre.
If you haven’t seen this little cinematic gem yet, here we tell you why you should do it. Don’t be afraid of the fact that he already has his years, because bladerunner It is one of those tapes that withstood the passage of time very well and is very worthwhile.
The visual section of Blade Runner is one that you will not forget
From the start of bladerunner its visual section can catch you. Since it presents us with a future full of holograms, neon lights and huge billboards. It is not the white and perfect future that we usually see, it is a dark and dystopian one, perhaps closer to reality.
Seeing it now may not impress you much, but you have to take into account that this tape is already 40 years old. The way in which they imagined the future back then seems even prophetic. Highly advanced technology that makes life easier for users, but in a world in decline and lacking in values.
This aesthetic also served as the basis for other projects within the genre and not just for movies. The world of anime and video games was also influenced. As examples we have Akira, whose Neo-Tokyo is quite similar to the world of this film. And we can’t forget Ghost in the Shellwhich also touches on similar topics.
As for video games, we can see it more clearly in Snatcher by Hideo Kojima. But there is no need to go that far. Night City, the city where it takes place Cyberpunk 2077it shows quite inspired by the aesthetics introduced in bladerunner.
its sequel blade runner 2049 kept their scenarios quite similar, but with the help of current technologiesyes There were no substantial changes, it just made them look even more real and just as engaging. Which shows how hypnotizing this vision of the future can be, 40 years later.
The scenarios are complemented by music
The creative and futuristic settings perfectly complement its soundtrack. This was composed by the Greek musician, Vangelis, who provided him with a truly unique musical section. With songs that feel melancholic and futuristic at the same time.
It conveys that magic of discovery while using sounds that make us think of a space opera. In addition to this, let us remember that bladerunner is a detective tape at its core. Something that Vangelis understood perfectly, since he also gives us pieces with some jazz, reminiscent of the film noir that inspired this work.
If the visual section of bladerunner doesn’t grab you, probably their music does. Especially if you’re one of those who like electronic or synthwave more, you’ll find a lot to like here. And let’s remember that the soundtrack is only a part of everything that makes it up.
Blade Runner touches on topics that might make you think
For those who don’t know bladerunnerit follows the detective Rick Deckard who is searching for a group of fugitives. These are androids made simply for hard work and war. Nevertheless, they developed a conscience that makes them want to live a normal life.
From the beginning it presents us with a scenario of What if machines had feelings? And it is something that keeps until the end credits. This theme even makes the protagonist wonder if he isn’t just another one of these androids that he must stop.
Also, Rick Deckard must not only stop them, he must eliminate them, which opens the plot to other questions.. Like why they should be killed just by looking at them and what actually makes us human. In a certain way, Deckard is more of a machine than the androids he chases.because he only starts to follow orders without saying a word.
Something we must say is that it could be considered a somewhat slow movie. But once the credits start rolling, we guarantee you’ll feel like it was all worth it. You might even ask yourself some questions long after you’ve finished it.
Without it we would not have other science fiction gems
We already mentioned that bladerunner captivated many with its aesthetic, which has been replicated many times. But we must also not forget that it served to give science fiction a boost and thanks to them we had other instant classics of the genre.
bladerunner is based on the Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?novel by Philip K. Dick. The release of the film made other directors take notice of this writer’s work. This gave rise to adaptations of his texts with films such as Total recall, A Scanner Darkly Y Minority report.
Each of these films became its own phenomenon, which perhaps would not exist were it not for bladerunner. 40 years later and it remains an icon and landmark of science fiction cinema. She draws you in with her visuals, draws you in with her music, and leaves you thinking beyond the end credits. If you haven’t seen it yet, maybe it’s time you did.
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