In 1982, powerhouse director Ridley Scott introduced audiences to an epic neo-noir science fiction film called Blade Runner. This film served as a loose adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Blade Runner takes place in a dystopian Los Angeles where genetically engineered replicants, produced by the Tyrell Corporation, work on off-world colonies. The visually indistinguishable robots are banned from Earth. Any who defy this ban are hunted down by special police operatives known as blade runners.
The film centers around a burnt-out expert blade runner named Rick Deckard, portrayed by Harrison Ford. Deckard reluctantly agrees to take on one final assignment, hunting down a group of escaped replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer). While searching for these rouge replicants, Deckard meets an advanced replicant named Rachael (Sean Young). This encounter causes Deckard to question everything he knows about the replicants' humanity.
In many circles, Blade Runner is considered one of the all-time best science fiction films. The film won the Best Cinematography award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, as well as award for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design from the British Academy Film Awards. It also won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Special Achievement Award from the London Film Critic’s Circle. Did you know that the film recently announced plans for a sequel?
Blade Runner 2049, stars Ryan Gosling and Ford, who is reprising his role as Deckard, with Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. In this new film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, uncovers a dangerous secret. His discovery leads him to search for Deckard, a former blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago. This highly anticipated film is set to be released on October 6, 2017.