'Brilliant, macabre, poetic and witty. In a word, magic.' (Time Out)
Ridley Scott's loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; the studio mucked about with this original version released in 1982, adding a noirish voice-over by hero Harrison Ford and actually purchasing outtakes from The Shining to illustrate the peculiar tacked-on finale. But this is still the most remarkably and densely imagined and visualized SF film since 2001: A Space Odyssey, a hauntingly erotic meditation on the difference between the human and the nonhuman. Set in a grungy LA of the 21st century characterized by nearly constant rain and a good many Chinese restaurants—yielding textures worthy of Welles or Sternberg—the plot involves a former cop (Ford) hired to track down and kill a series of androids. The results are largely a triumph of production design, but as in Forbidden Planet and 2001, it's often hard to determine where production design leaves off and direction begins. With Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Joe Turkel, and Joanna Cassidy. 118 min. [Jonathan Rosenbaum , Chicago Reader]
On the Final Cut -"Not to be confused with the mislabeled “director's cut” that's been around for 15 years, this seventh edition of Ridley Scott's SF masterpiece (1982) is arguably the first to get it all right, finally telling the whole story comprehensibly. This visionary look at Los Angeles in 2019—a singular blend of grime and glitter that captures both the horror and the allure of Reagan-era capitalism—was a commercial flop when it first appeared. Loosely adapted from Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, it follows the hero (Harrison Ford) as he tracks down and kills “replicants,” or androids. Much of the film's erotic charge and moral and ideological ambiguity stem from the fact that these characters are very nearly the only ones we care about. (We never know for sure whether Ford is a replicant himself.) With Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, Joe Turkel, and William J. Sanderson. R, 117 min." [J Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader]
Now considered by many to be a classic, especially since the release of the Director's cut which adds a little and subtracts the needless voice over. A powerful, fascinating and dark vision of the future. ---- Outstanding art direction and sets - comparable with Metropolis. Wonderful cinematography.