With so many remakes, reboot and sequels these days and after a lacklustre entry from Ridley Scott in ‘Alien: Covenant’, I wasn’t really looking forward to a new Blade Runner set 30 years after the original.
But then I saw Arrival and started to re-watch and really appreciate the previous works from director Denis Villeneuve and when the trailers dropped, the excitement began. For his Blade Runner, he really seemed to be doing something new and more akin to his clear and crisp visual style rather than copying Scott’s cluttered and claustrophobic look. And that intrigued me.
It was to be set a long time after the events of the first film (obviously to accommodate an older Harrison Ford) and this is an intriguing premise in and of itself.
There was a limited re-release of Scott’s ‘Final Cut’ of the original film in cinemas and I decided to go see it on a big screen again. I wasn’t disappointed; each time I see it I understand and appreciate a little more about it. On this recent viewing, I picked up so much more about the extinction of animals and how it seems society had become obsessed with animals – now that they were almost gone – creating artificial ‘pets’. Of course these themes are directly transported from Dick’s novel but they have an ever-growing impact the more we hear about the ramifications of Global Warming.
While others believe Deckard to be a Replicant, I don’t subscribe to this: The point of the film is that humans are like emotionless robots and a robot-killer has to find his humanity through interactions with these Nexus-6 robots (“more human than human”). The unicorn and the idea that he too is a Replicant is just a nice little nod from Scott that if we get to a future where we can make humans and implanted memories, could anyone really trust their own reality. This then leads us to the end where an engineered soldier, having lost his family to a robot-killer, manages to fight against his drives to save the life of the man trying to execute him, teaching Deckard what it really is to be human.
With this in mind, I was inspired to make a new short film containing some of the main themes with an eye to leading the way into the new film. I have also included my original (and much longer) Blade Runner fan film. Enjoy!
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Original fan short ‘Dangerous Days’
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