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BLADE RUNNER (1982) Movie Review: The Things I Liked…

Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford
Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford

Directed by Ridley Scott, first released in 1982 and set in 2019, Blade Runner has Harrison Ford playing a police officer (a blade runner) who’s hired to hunt down and assassinate four human-like androids (replicants). Replicants were built for use in dangerous off-world colonisation, but four have gone rogue.

Based on how much sense the story seems to make and how well constructed it is, I can understand why this film is considered by many as one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Perhaps I’d be even more in love with it had I watched it for the first time nearer the year of release rather than in 2017, 35 years later.

The dystopian world created for Blade Runner is one that can be referred to as a key character in itself because it’s so visually rich, moody and impressive in its execution, especially for its time. I had fun watching this movie because of the world of the story, the actual story, and the way it covers issues that humans may well have to face one day. The only part where I was’t quite sure about the film was during the slower pace at the beginning. As impatient as I was for the action to start, it did become clear by the end that the seemingly slow pace was likely all about portraying what most days were actually like in that world, especially for Ford’s character.

Acting-wise, everyone including Ford and Daryl Hannah all deliver strong performances. Overall though, it’s what Rutger Hauer did with his character Roy that sticks with me the most. I just love the way he sold Roy’s emotional journey to me. Maybe I empathised quite a bit with his goals. Then there’s the line, ‘Wake up, time to die which might just be my favourite movie one liner of all time, probably.

Spotting some of the predictions about the future that seemed quite valid and feasible 35 years ago but are today, still yet to come true was fun. For example, flying cars. Wouldn’t it be amazing if flying car became a thing just in time for 2019? Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film loving

G

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (2017): New Trailer From Ridley Scott, Starring Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Hutton…

All The Money In The World (2017), Michelle Williams
All The Money In The World (2017), Michelle Williams

All The Money In The World is the story of a left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy, that hatched a massive kidnapping plot in the 1970s. Directed by Ridley Scott; Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Timothy Hutton star…

To save one’s grandson and let the world know that you negotiate with terrorists or sacrifice your grandson so that no one ever thinks that they can demand and receive a ransom from you ever again.

Whatever Mr. Getty does or doesn’t do, it should be very interesting to watch, especially with such a talented and super engaging cast.

All The Money In The World Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US); January 5th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ALIEN – COVENANT (2017): New Trailer From Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Carmen Ejogo…

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Alien – Covenant (2017), Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender, James Franco and Carmen Ejogo’s Ridley Scott directed new movie Alien – Covenant has an an excellently terrifying new trailer…

I remember being absolutely terrified after watching the original Alien 1979 movie. Maybe, just maybe I’ll be brave for this. Either that or this trailer is as far as my ‘peaceful sleep loving’ behind is going to get. 2017 still could  be a year in which I surprise myself…

Alien – Covenant is the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS, and is linked to the original  Alien movie.

Katherine Waterston and also star

Alien – Covenant Release Dates: May 19th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

THE MARTIAN (2015): For The Time Sensitive Problem Solving Fun

The Martian (2015) Matt Damon
The Martian (2015) Matt Damon

I myself would never want to typecast anybody against their will, but I did find myself  very glad to learn that in The Martian, Matt Damon gets to play the role of a hero once more. Having to ‘hate him’ in Interstellar (2014) proved more challenging than expected.

Directed by the rightfully celebrated Ridley Scott and based on Andy Weir’s best selling book of the same name, The Martian is a predominantly mars based adventure with a sprinkle of funny moments.

Like you might imagine, similar to Interstellar (2014), there’s a fair amount of ‘science speak’ in the film. Most of it I personally will probably never understand, but you don’t need to in order to have a good time. The movie works, thanks to the story and the likability of its star.

A few awards bodies placed The Martian in the comedy category. About that… there are a few funny quips here and there – and by ‘a few’ I don’t mean ‘a good few’ in the way that some people use the phrase to mean ‘a lot’. I do actually mean ‘a few,’ meaning no more than 5 laughs / giggles at most – which, in my mind doesn’t equal to a comedy.

The thing I enjoyed most about The Martian is all the scientific problem solving that Damon’s character, astronaut Mark Watney and the wider NASA team do in the effort to bring him home in one piece. I like the movie for this reason and as a story of teamwork and survival. I’ll also confess to getting quite a kick from seeing the female commander, played by Jessica Chastain take charge.

Science fans will likely enjoy this movie most, but everyone else will be pleased also, for the topic of surviving on mars is a relevant and interesting one at this time. With that said, watch it because it’s good. Another reason would be to find out for yourself whether categorising The Martian as a comedy is at all justified. I remain unconvinced.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis and Benedict Wong also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE MARTIAN (2015): Another Space Sci-Fi Hit Is Coming

The Martian (2015), Matt Damon
The Martian (2015), Matt Damon

The new film from Ridley Scott, Director of many hit films including Gladiator (2000) stars Matt Damon and looks amazing.

As excited as I undoubtedly am, something tells me I’m probably going to get my heart broken, and by that I don’t mean I’ll be disappointed but that something similar to the end of 1998’s Armageddon might happen. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than have that particular theory come to fruition.

Then again, on the other hand, whatever it takes for the film to be great.

Bring on November.

Happy The Martian 🙂

G