There’s no doubt that Blade Runner (1982) is one of the most visually arresting films ever made. Dripping with atmosphere (wet, shadowed streets, smoke and neon billboards in a kind of futuristic Chinatown, all awash with a lush Vangelis soundtrack), there’s something timeless about the film that sets it apart from other big budget sci-fi films.
Blade Runner is based on the 1968 Philip K Dick novel Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep? I watched the film after reading the book at university and was initially disappointed that Ridley Scott hadn’t included some of its more intriguing elements – like those namesake electric sheep.
But thinking back to my auteur theory, it makes sense that Scott left out those complex subplots, allowing him to focus on creating extraordinary visuals. Just look at the screen caps below.