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Friday, 14 February 2014

The 5th Hall Of Fame Inductee Representing Science-Fiction/Fantasy Film - Blade Runner (1982) - Ridley Scott

Based off of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, though coming from such a strong literary source, much of what makes Blade Runner a masterwork are original inventions. It’s a work of stunning design and visual effects from Doug Trumbull, shot and lit with real creativity by Jordan Cronenweth, elevated wholly by the melodic hybrid of classical composition and synthesizers of Vangelis’ score. In an all-round excellent cast, it is Harrison Ford, whose often confused yet hard-nosed, full of grit Rick Deckard is a great subversion of noir detectives, and Rutger Hauer’s extraordinary, almost mythical turn as the violent yet philosophical android Roy Batty, that stand out. Furthermore, through the dogged determination of Ridley Scott to show no compromises in the pursuit of art, we have this mesmerizing exploration of the question “what makes us human?”

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