Have you seen the movie, “Blade Runner?” It is the movie that drives all other movies in the genre. Wikipedia does an OK job of spelling it out to you.
What you cannot get from online explanations of the plot and the response to the movie is what a real movie fan thinks of it. So here that is.
I was alone when I saw this movie. Which is to say, I was single. Seeing movies alone is an interesting experience. You simply digest it, like a heavy meal. You don’t get to talk about it, as you would if you saw it with a companion, a date, a mate, a wife. You just leave the theater, alone with your thoughts about what it meant and how it made you feel.
Pris, a character played by Daryl Hannah, made me feel that anyone who designed androids would certainly design the females in versions that would feed the male ego. Each female android would embody all of the most physically desirable traits in as many versions as any young man had seen in his Playboy magazines. These things were supposed to simply serve mankind as robotic slaves, so why not make them as attractive as they could be in as many forms as possible.
Roy, played by Rutger Hauer, embodies the male ideal. Powerful and clever, he duels with Deckard, our antagonist, played by Harrison Ford, to the bitter end. The scene where Roy dies, in the rain, as he lements the loss of all the memories he has, made me cry. Yet, of all the scenes in the movie, I look forward to this one the most. Having seen this movie many times, I’ll always cherish this moment in my movie-going career.
Leon, a character portrayed by Brion James, however, provides one of the best twisted dark comedy moments. When he is asked about his mother, he simply opens fire, shooting the man who is trying to determine if Leon is a man or a “replicant”, which is what they call the androids in this movie. This is comic relief for any man who has had a strained relationship with his mother.
That’s all I’m going to say for now. I’m going to work this theme for several posts, to see where it takes me. I hope you enjoy the ride. If you haven’t seen Blade Runner, I think you should.