For the first time ever, I went to the genesis cinema (walking distance from Bethnal Green station) to see Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian science fiction thriller: BladeRunner.
Firstly I’d like to talk about the venue itself, I really enjoyed my visit because from the moment you step in you can feel the hipster vibe in the air and sense the nostalgia for old cinema with the decor they’ve chosen, making it welcoming & versatile.
Check out the photos I took below….
Speaking as a newly converted science fiction fan, I always hear great things about Ridley Scott’s body of work and especially this movie in particular, so as you can imagine I naturally was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
There I was in the movie theatre, the lights went down, I began scoffing popcorn and twix bites, eagerly awaiting Ridley Scott’s vision of our dystopian future.
The film itself is based on Phillip K Dick’s 1968 novel ‘Do androids dream of electric sheep?’ and is set in Los Angeles. The hero, Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a detective that hunts down androids, known as ‘replicants’ who have escaped from their jail cells on other colonies and try to come back to earth.
As the film unfolds, Deckard battles to stay alive whilst also completing his mission.
By the end, you start to question what it means to be a human being.
The famous line Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) says at the end, defines consciousness and death perfectly, “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
There is a feeling of acceptance at the end but also unanswered questions because there are clues left throughout to suggest that maybe the hero himself is not as he seems. Hopefully, the new release will answer all of our questions and more.
Finally, I really enjoyed the movie and recommend it to anyone who like me has got science fiction fever or hasn’t seen it yet. However I do feel like the beginning did meander slightly, though the end was worth it and a special congrats to Rutger Hauer because his psychotic portrayal of Roy Batty was a pleasure to watch.