Does Blade Runner stand up to all the hype that surrounds it? Yes and more! Based on Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, the movie is set in a dystopian future where humans and replicants (manufactured human clones) are present. The replicants have a limited life-span of 4 years and are kept on human inhabited planets that are away from Earth. 4 replicants escape to Earth to meet their maker, Tyrell, the brain behind Tyrell Corp, the manufacturer of replicants. To hunt them down a blade runner (Harrison Ford) is assigned. While on the hunt he discovers that Tyrell’s own beautiful secretary is a replicant and soon is in love with her.
Top marks for the setting and background music of the movie. The very Asian (Japanese) setting of the LA districts, the floating billboard ads, the flying cars and the heaven-like setting of Tyrell HQ are all brilliant. The climax strongly reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey, though the scenes here are easier to understand (who is God and so on). The movie raises lots of questions (for example, is Deckard himself a replicant?) that makes it all the more interesting. Highly recommended watch.