#18 Blade Runner (1982)
The dystopian noir future of Los Angeles in 2019, just about eight years away, and it won't be anywhere near as fascinating as the science fiction masterpiece, Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford plays a lifeless detective named Richard Deckard, whose sole purpose is to find four renegade replicants, cyborgs who have become self aware and incredibly dangerous. His job is the only thing he has left, and its not one he has any affection for. As he pursues the replicants in question, he unlocks numerous questions about what it is that makes people real or synthetic, and if being a cyborg makes any kind of difference in terms of the human condition.Each of the four replicants are remarkable characters, and the scene where Deckard finally catches up to the leader of the renegade cyborgs is breathtaking. I can't say more. This movie is incredible in that it uses very little space to portray an immense world, and makes the audience ponder an array of "big picture" questions, not only about the characters involved, but about themselves as well. This movie boldly strays from the traditional laser spaceship battles and dependence on digestible narratives that science fiction has become over the years, and instead weaves a classic detective plot slowly over time. The directors cut version of the movie is what I feel to be a "truer" experience, and the ending is far superior to the one that the film debuted with. The cinematography is equally as impressive as the score. Without Blade Runner, you wouldn't have Cowboy Bebop. Then where would you be?