Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Scott, 1982)

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner isn’t meant to be a character piece (it’s definitely hollow on purpose), but the film’s complete emphasis on stunning visual and audio design still surprises me. Having not seen the film in over a decade, watching the “Final Cut” and it’s additional changes really didn’t make or break the experience, since it was all gravy watching it on the big screen for the first time. I’m no fan of Scott and his current style of Hollywood cheese posing as serious drama. However, when Scott turns purely to the image, as in Blade Runner and later in Black Hawk Down, his films resonate with a unmatched craftsmanship and poetic beauty. This melding of science fiction and Film Noir seems to be the perfect compliment for such a vision.

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