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When watching Blade Runner you should try not to compare the movie with the book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? That's a book written by the best science fiction writer of all time, Philip K. Dick. The mechanical pets are absent but there is a monologue discussing the absence of real animals in the future in the movie. I agree that the ending is quite different but this is necessary because of the different time and character development.
It should be pointed out that Blade Runner features fine casting, good special effects and has a complex storyline and premise. All these aspects of the movie justice to Dock's writing style and genius mind.
Rachel played by the stunning Hollywood actress Sean Young fits perfectly in her stoic replicant/human role. Another famous actor taking part in the movie is Harrison Ford who with his smoky voice is a hunter seeking out the hiding replicants. The interesting role of Pris, a replicant ballerina, is played by Daryll Hannah. With amazing make up and costuming she gives a special touch to the movie.
The soundtrack of the film couldn't be better, it is utterly scintillating. It is a wonderful compilation of wailing wet sounds of the sax, drums and consistently expresses in Blues and Jazz which are romantic and surreal. This soundtrack relieves the epic, daunting and depressing bleakness of the reality of the future, just as the famous author Philip K. Dick has depicted it.
The movie is frequently categorized in the cyberpunk genre-set. The main reason for this is because the action takes place in 2019 Los Angelis. There are cyber technology of cloning, hyped-up surveillance tools, and advanced investigative strategies. The latter are carried out by the Harrison Ford character, blade Runner Deckard.
The director of this masterpiece is none other than Ridley Scott. He will always be remembered with such films as Andromeda Strain and blockbusters as Thelma and Louise and Gladiators. The movie is visually dark and you can even physically feel the darkness and the depression. The premise is true to the novel. The main plot is to show how precious human being and other life creatures are versus the technological displacement we face.
Usually I would suggest you to read the book and then watch the movie but I retrain from offering you that as far as Blade Runner is concerned. As the comparison you will be making is going to interfere with your experience of this marvellous SF movie then don't read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep first. Watch the film, one of the best of all times, and then read the book. After watching Blade Runner you will be flabbergasted at the details of the future life, mentality and morality.
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