This week, we're looking at two dark sci-films from the early 1980's. We're all terrified by the recent INDIANA JONES 5 announcement, though I'm sure most of us can't help but fantasize about the possibility of the fifth installment wiping away the sins of CRYSTAL SKULL. Adding to INDY 5 and THE FORCE AWAKENS, Harrison Ford will be reprising yet another classic role in the Ridley Scott-produced Denis Villeneuve-directed BLADE RUNNER sequel, so I thought it might be fun to see how BLADE RUNNER measures up against THE TERMINATOR. While they came out two years apart and are thematically very similar, the two films have had vastly different journeys over the past three decades.
NOTE: I'll be using the Final Cut of BLADE RUNNER, as it's the only version over which Ridley Scott had full creative control.
Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty
Sean Young as Rachael
Edward James Olmos as Gaff
M. Emmet Walsh as Bryant
Daryl Hannah as Pris
William Sanderson as J.F. Sebastian
Brion James as Leon Kowalski
Joe Turkel as Dr. Eldon Tyrell
Joanna Cassidy as Zhora
"Have you ever retired a human by mistake?"
"Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores; burning with the fires of Orc."
"Implants. Those aren't your memories, they're somebody else's. They're Tyrell's niece's. Okay, bad joke... I made a bad joke. You're not a replicant. Go home, okay? No, really. I'm sorry, go home. You want a drink? I'll get you a drink."
"Wake up; time to die!"
"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."
"You know that Voigt-Kampff test of yours? Did you ever take that test yourself?"
"It's not an easy thing to meet your maker."
"I want more life, father."
"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy."
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain. Time to die."
"It's too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?"
"It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead."
"I'll be back."
"There was one man who taught us to fight, to storm the wire of the camps, to smash those metal motherf*ckers into junk. He turned it around. He brought us back from the brink. His name is Connor. John Connor. Your son, Sarah... your unborn son."
"John Connor gave me a picture of you once. I didn't know why at the time. It was very old - torn, faded. You were young like you are now. You seemed just a little sad. I used to always wonder what you were thinking at that moment. I memorized every line, every curve... I came across time for you, Sarah. I love you. I always have."
"You're terminated, f*cker."
"Should I tell you about your father? Boy, that's a tough one. Will it affect your decision to send him here, knowing that he is your father? If you don't send Kyle, you can never be. God, a person could go crazy thinking about this. I suppose I will tell you. I owe him that. Maybe it'll help if you know that, in the few hours we had together, we loved a lifetime's worth."
This is another tough one. While THE TERMINATOR spawned some very memorable quotes for the franchise, BLADE RUNNER has a more consistently high caliber, affecting, and impassioned screenplay throughout.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88% (Audience Score: 91%)
Metacritic: 88 (User Score: 8.9)
Domestic Total Gross: $27,580,111
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