Film Cocaine is honoured to introduce our first weekly columnist!
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Below read his first column which will be published each Monday and will be titled “FLASHBACK” where he will review all the awesome classics which have been forgotten by the general viewing public.
A massive welcome to Clifford The-Movie-Guy Ekron, one of the best film writers I have ever come across.
He sent his first review into Film Cocaine a while ago and it was love at first sight. He understands films and he has a gigantic general knowledge on all things related to both theater, literature and cinema. It is an absolute honour to have him take his place at Film Cocaine.
The winner of Film Cocaine Idol will become the second columnist and their work will be featured on Thursdays.
Thank you to all of the loyal readers for wanting more and more from Film Cocaine. I cannot express the gratitude for each and every comment/email/Facebook message I receive and knowing that the loyal fan base do appreciate everything that is being done.
Film Cocaine is hard work, yes, but it is also one of the most gratifying passions I have ever pursued.
And with that, enjoy Clifford’s introductory column!
BLADE RUNNER REVIEW
Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL
CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution
into the NEXUS phase — a being virtually
identical to a human — known as a replicant.
The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior
in strength and agility, and at least equal
in intelligence, to the genetic engineers
who created them.
Replicants were used Off-world as
slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and
colonization of other planets.
After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6
combat team in an Off-world colony,
Replicants were declared illegal
on earth — under penalty of death.
Special police squads — BLADE RUNNER
UNITS — had orders to shoot to kill, upon
detection, any trespassing Replicants.
This was not called execution.
It was called retirement.
The opening crawl of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Sci-fi/Film Noir masterpiece BLADE RUNNER gives one a very clear feel for what you are about to see for the next 112 minutes of your life.
Inspired by the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ,by Philip K. Dick, and with a suitably melancholy soundtrack provided by Vangelis, Blade Runner is set in the now not too distant year 2019 and takes us to a gritty dystopian Los Angeles where we meet Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a burnt out Blade Runner, who gets asked to come back one last time to do what he does best, find and “retire” a group of rogue Replicants.
The Los Angeles skyline sets the dystopian mood for the film.
During the course of his investigation Deckard learns that replicants are implanted with memories and remember entire lives they’ve never lived. The reason is simple, to prevent them from knowing what they are and to hide the fact that they are built in with a limited lifespan which once reached results in the body shutting down bit by bit. During a meeting with Dr. Tyrell, the man behind the creation of the replicants, this gets explained to Deckard and he is left with the motto “more human than human”. Deckard is then faced with the possibility that not only the woman he falls in love with but he himself may or may be a replicant, a question that never gets answered in the movie, leaving one to make your own decision.
Blade Runner was the first of the classic sci-fi films to play with the idea of reality and perception, a well-known example being The Matrix. But while Blade Runner focuses on some serious philosophical concepts and questions it is not a film exclusive to those who wish to be mentally stimulated. Deckard’s wit, delivered in Harrison Ford’s trademark dry manner, as well as the action scenes drive the story as much as the moral and philosophical conundrums that most of the characters face by the end of the film.
While you can easily find the “Directors Cut” version in most video shops or DVD stores, I would advise rather looking for the original or the “Final Cut” versions as they still contain Deckard’s voice overs which help to guide the plot (and you as viewer) through Deckard’s own musings, provides several of Deckard’s more memorable and humorous lines, and overall seems to help make the film make slightly more sense when watching it for the first time.
An audio-visual masterpiece.
Varying versions leading to confusion 3/5
BY CLIFFORD THE-MOVIE-GUY EKRON