Movie Review: Blade Runner (1982)

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No, I am not making a series of reviews based on “different” sci-fi movies, this just happens to a coincidence. And since I couldn’t come up with a better introduction for this thing, let’s just start the review.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade Runner”.

In the year 2019 there exist a type of robot that is basically indistinguishable from a regular human. So of course six of them have broken loose from everything else to try to find their creator. So now it’s up to the blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to find them and eliminate them. And while that is simple as a basic premise, we get SO much more. We get a tale of what a human really is. The plot is surprisingly more philospohical and emotionally hardhitting than you would maybe expect. And I found that really interesting. This made for an intriguing plot that tested my mind at all times. I’m not saying it is complex in the sense where it totally fucks with your mind, but it makes you really think of morality and what really makes you count as human. And for that I applaud the movie! On a quick sidenote though, I did watch the “Final Cut” version of the movie and I don’t know if the original is much different in that sense, so if you have seen it and know the difference, feel free to contact me.

The characters are all unique and interesting with distinct character traits and excellent writing. Harrison Ford is absolutely terrific in the role even though he doesn’t say THAT much. He seems to be more of an “Actions speak louder than words” guy. And Rutger Hauer the lead replicant is also excellent in the movie. Hell, the entire cast is great!

The score by Greek musician/composer Vangelis is fantastic. It is heavily based in a more electronic/techno style and really fits the neo-noir style of the movie. It is also really good at evoking emotions and helping keep scenes interesting. With music like this, you listen closely because it is excellent. I mean, it’s been called one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

Fun fact: When this movie first came out in 1982 it was both a critical and commercial flop. Main reason was because people didn’t get what the deal with the movie was which is weird because the idea is straight forward, it’s just the philosophy in the middle of this cake we call “Blade Runner” that might be pretty complex. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, holy shit this world that Ridley Scott, the set designers and visual effects people have come up with is one of the best worlds ever. It is so well realized that I think it could be an actual place even though I am aware that it is a movie set. Ridley Scott did such a great job directing this movie that it kind of put his other movies to shame. And the visual effects… oh my god. Some of the best I have seen… and this came out 1982. And for the final cut version they didn’t update anything with CGI like some people out there (*cough cough* George Lucas *Cough*) and I love that! And the action in the movie is really good too.

Like I said earlier: When the movie first came out it was a critical bomb but has since then gotten quite the following and critical reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification (Sidenote: It has a 100% on the “Final Cut” page). On Metacritic it has a score of 88/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars and it is in his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,2/10 and is ranked #135 on the “Top 250” list. “Blade Runner” was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best set decoration and Best Visual Effects. 

“Blade Runner” is a surprisingly deep, thoughtful, emotionally punching, suspenseful sci-fi movies I have ever seen. It has an excellent plot, terrific characters/performances, an excellent soundtrack, great direction and some great visual effects. Time for the final score. Why the hell is it raining here? My final score for “Blade Runner” is a 9,85/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Blade Runner” is completed.

Seriously, it’s raining all the time in the movie.

 

Movie Review: Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

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Quentin Tarantino is one of those directors that really came out of nowhere when he first started out and immediately became a big shot in Hollywood. His directorial stardom rocket was his 1992 movie “Reservoir Dogs” and followed in 1994 by his great “Pulp Fiction”. And over the years he has continued making weird, yet good movies. Such as “Django Unchained”. And today we are taking a look at one of his odd movies. A movie about revenge and blood…lots and lots of blood.

Ladies and Gentlemen…”Kill Bill, Volume 1″.

This movie follows a woman only known as “The Bride” (Uma Thurman). On her wedding day she and everyone else at the little chapel in Texas gets killed by a band of assassins called “Deadly Viper Assassination Squad”. Thing is…she used to be part of that merry band of assassins. So after being beaten, shot and left for dead, she falls in a coma. While in this coma, her unborn baby of course (unfortunately) dies. A few years later she wakes up in a hospital. She screams from finding out her pregnant belly is gone. When a male nurse named Buck (Michael Bowen) gets paid to let a guy rape her in her supposed “sleep”, she of course kills them both. She steals the keys to Buck’s “Pussy Wagon” and goes with a wheelchair to the car named “Pussy Wagon”. So after sitting in it for circa 13 hours and finally getting her legs working, she starts the car and is off to seek out revenge on the people that tried to kill her. Especially her former boss/lover Bill (David Carradine). Now, this story is good…but does not appeal to me in execution. Sure, there are things in this movie that I really like that relate to the story. For example, there is a scene that gives us the backstory to one of the supporting characters…and that is honestly the best part of the movie. Also, based on promotional posters and DVD covers, this looks like it is gonna be a shit-ton of fighting…but their isn’t that much. Yes, fighting is prominent in the story…but not as much as advertised. Not saying there has to be only fighting, as you may recall from a few of my reviews, I am one for subtlety…but with this weird execution of the story, a little more fighting or something in that direction would have helped a bit. But when there is fighting…it is highly satisfying to watch. Another thing you will notice is that the dialogue is very Tarantino-y…which is a good thing in a Tarantino movie.

The characters I honestly don’t care about. Sure, their dialogue is awesome, but the characters themselves are nothing special…they are pretty meh. I usually like the characters in Tarantino movies…but here I can’t. Maybe it is because they don’t get too much development…they barely get any for that matter. Again, the only part where I care about the character is the animated section that gives the backstory of one of the supporting characters who ends up the main villain in this movie. Also, for a movie called “Kill Bill”, Bill is not very prominent in this movie.

Now time for some praise…the music. The RZA did a fantastic job with it. It is so good that it was nominated for a BAFTA. And what kind of music are we looking at here?  A random mish-mash of musical styles…which is not necessarily a bad thing. In this movie this random mish-mash really works, seriously.

Now like I said, I would have loved a little more fighting in this movie. But the fights in this movie are really well done. Whoever choreographed them deserves an applaud and a raise. Not kidding. Also, like most Tarantino movies, this is very bloody…bloodier than his other movies to be completely honest…which doesn’t rub me the right way. Look, I know Tarantino movies are supposed to be brutal…but having fountains of blood coming from the people you kill is a little overkill (Pun not intended).

Reception for “Kill Bill” was pretty good to say the least. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 85% rating and have certified it “Fresh”. Metacritic gave it the score 69/100.
Roger Ebert gave this a perfect 4/4 star rating and said this:

“Kill Bill, Volume 1” shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through “Flight of the Bumble Bee” — or maybe an accordion prodigy setting a speed record for “Lady of Spain.” I mean that as a sincere compliment. The movie is not about anything at all except the skill and humor of its making. It’s kind of brilliant.

imdb.com holds the score of 8,2/10 and has it ranked #166 on their Top 250 list.

I have given my different opinions of the different aspects on this movie that I felt like giving. And now here comes my little score. I give “Kill Bill Volume 1” a 7,84/10 and a recommendation to rent it. This is a movie that you can have fun with on the weekend…but not really worth a buy. So that is my opinion on it.

Review of “Kill Bill Volume 1” is done.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold” – Old Klingon Proverb.