…to Los Angeles of 2019, to an age of fear and despair, apathy and alienation – a future without a future. The city of L.A. in A.D. 2019 is very different from today’s. It is strongly implied that industrial and other pollution has adversely affected planet Earth’s environment; some kind of echological catastrophy must have taken place, leaving a constant drizzling rain. There is no nature and real animals are rare. Los Angeles has become a megacity. But it’s a city of decay. L.A. is slowly turning into a gigantic refuse dump. The dark streets are filled with old newspapers, rottening fast food dispensers, used gums, cigarette butts, broken spare parts and electronic junk. The automatic street-sweepers fight in vain. Advertising, most notably neon signs and video billboards, is ever-present. Ironically, the video billboards only seem to advertise foreign products: USA has become a nation of junk culture from other nations. The urban areas are over-populated. The over crowded streets display a variety of religions, cultures and sub-cultures. The American society has finally become truly multi-cultural – was it not for the fact that it had ceased to be a culture a long time ago. The streets seem to be dangerous, ruled by police squads and street gangs.
Man has finally reached the stars, but it seems to be a questionable project. The purpose is probably to avoid further over-population and exhaustion of Earth’s resources.
Genetically engineered organic robots called replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as by other “mega-corporations” around the world. Their use on Earth is banned and replicants are exclusively used for dangerous, menial, or leisure work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and “retired” by special police operatives known as “Blade Runners”. The plot focuses on a desperate group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the burnt out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.
I won’t reveal more, if you haven’t seen the film yet. Blade Runner is an action film, but it operates on an unusually rich number of dramatic levels, raising a lot of ethical and philosophical questions.
The film was directed by Ridley Scott. Main actors. Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer
The haunting music was written by Vangelis