Short review of one of my favorite movies, written soon after I saw it.
I saw an awesome movie yesterday for the first time from start to finish: Blade Runner. It was made in the early 1980’s, and is set in the future – sometime well into the twenty-first century. Rutger Hauer’s death scene near the end of the film is powerful. He is a replicant, an android, a human-like creature that has been created to serve human needs and designed to be very strong and durable, but to have a very limited life span: four years. Replicants have genetically engineered human bodies with human body parts and with their memories programmed into them at their creation, but they are intended to not be capable of further emotional development. Their purpose is to work for us. Contrary to the wishes of their creator, an American businessman, their life experiences and programmed memories produce a stunted emotional growth and a very human longing for immortality. Hauer’s character knows that he is about to reach the end of his term of life – that it is time for him to die – so he engineers a coup in an “Off World” site that enables him and his companions to get back to Earth, find their creator, and try to convince him to extend their life span. The plan fails because the creator has no compassion for his creatures, and so the replicant kills his maker. In the end, he saves the life of the man sent to kill or “retire” him, Harrison Ford, and gives him a highly emotive, poetic death speech just before the clock strikes midnight and he dies. The film is full of Christian imagery, and Hauer’s character has some Christ-like qualities that are combined ironically with obvious similarities to the Frankenstein monster. The film is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?