Taking the old question “What does it mean to be human?” to new consequences, Ridley Scott pits his noir detective against runaway androids in a dystopic LA. Stylised to an extreme, Blade Runner is rich in textual reference but thematically works on its own terms very well. It is also out of Scott’s work perhaps the most influenced by his advertising career, with compelling images throughout. On closer inspection, the narrative’s causal chain is unfortunately weak – at the very least disappointing with regard the noir detective – but it is a fascinating and arrestingly unified piece that deserves its cult status.
P.S. The Final Cut blu-ray transfer is simply stunning – you will see tears in rain.