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The original Blade Runner is one of the most overrated films in history. Sure it's got its fair share of diehard fans, most of whom probably weren't even born when the original theatrical release came out and only discovered it after its many re-cuts on home video formats. But holy crap is the movie a total snorefest when you're not getting distracted by all the pretty backgrounds and noir atmosphere. The movie is literally a live action anime.

So why anyone is shocked that its sequel that strives to do everything its predecessor did but only bigger and longer isn't setting the box office on fire is beyond me. I had to laugh at some early projections of this movie grossing as much as $80 million domestically opening weekend. Talk about shooting for the stars and hoping for the moon.



On 2/24/13, MB1025 said:
You know I was always wondering why no one ever used the dollar sign for $ony, but then I realized they have no money so it would be pointless.

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NightDragon83 said:

The original Blade Runner is one of the most overrated films in history. Sure it's got its fair share of diehard fans, most of whom probably weren't even born when the original theatrical release came out and only discovered it after its many re-cuts on home video formats. But holy crap is the movie a total snorefest when you're not getting distracted by all the pretty backgrounds and noir atmosphere. The movie is literally a live action anime

Lol, I definitely felt bored of it, but I was pretty young when I saw it. It reminds me of shows that are interesting thematically but boring on screen(Serial Experiments Lain)



NightDragon83 said:

The original Blade Runner is one of the most overrated films in history. Sure it's got its fair share of diehard fans, most of whom probably weren't even born when the original theatrical release came out and only discovered it after its many re-cuts on home video formats. But holy crap is the movie a total snorefest when you're not getting distracted by all the pretty backgrounds and noir atmosphere. The movie is literally a live action anime.

So why anyone is shocked that its sequel that strives to do everything its predecessor did but only bigger and longer isn't setting the box office on fire is beyond me. I had to laugh at some early projections of this movie grossing as much as $80 million domestically opening weekend. Talk about shooting for the stars and hoping for the moon.

I think that Blade Runner films are not for everyone's tastes. Still, and that's my personal opinion on them, I think the original is visionary. It's not just about being a cyberpunk movie with noir elements (which is in itself not pretty common in the 80s tbh). But I feel like the questions it posed about bio-engineeering and human morality are much more relevant now than it was back then. There's no question that it was visually groundbreaking too. It has a pretty defined esthetic that you can only associate with Blade Runner. The sequel does an awesome job in feeling like it's a Blade Runner film, but expand the universe in a lot of different ways. 

I can totally understand why the films are not something than everyone can enjoy/appreciate. They are films that I'll always recommend to anyone who asks me about my favourite sci-fi films ever. But I still feel that this is a niche franchise, that I'd love that everyone could enjoy as I do. But I feel that's an impossible task. I can't recommend them enough though. 



I'm glad to see it flopping. It was one of the worst movies of this year for me, and yes... I liked the original.

It was just so full of nonsense and empty... Plus, the main "villain" acting and reasoning were comical.



 

So its already made more than the original :^)

System Shock, Deus Ex, Bioshock, Syndicate, Beneath a Steel Sky, Shadowrun, Gemini Rue, Cyberpunk 2071, ...

The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Brazil, Teminator, Robocop, The Fifth Element, Strange Days, Gattaca, Dark City, ...

To name just a few, Some you might not like the original Blade Runner, but it‘s undeniably one of the most influental movies of the last 50 years.

The phantastic set design with its incredible attention to detail in combination with the lightning and Vangelis briliant music (by far his best OST) create a dystopic and melancholic atmosphere that is unmatched for me in SciFi movie history. It absorbs me every time I watch it (and I just watched it this very evening again, it was on arte, arguably one of the few remaining European public TV channels which broadcasts movie classics at prime time and combines it with subsequent documentaries, in this case one about Philip K. Dick).

Blade Runner did not only influence plenty of others, it was of course influenced by others. The most obvious influences are Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the film noir genre (Robert Mitchum was the the preferred actor for Deckard by the original screenplay writer Hampton Fincher)) and 70s French SciFi comics by Enki Bilal, Moebius and Philippe Druillet (published in Métal Hurlant, aka Heavy Metal magazine in USA).

okr said:
System Shock, Deus Ex, Bioshock, Syndicate, Beneath a Steel Sky, Shadowrun, Gemini Rue, Cyberpunk 2071, ...

The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Brazil, Teminator, Robocop, The Fifth Element, Strange Days, Gattaca, Dark City, ...

To name just a few, Some you might not like the original Blade Runner, but it‘s undeniably one of the most influental movies of the last 50 years.

The phantastic set design with its incredible attention to detail in combination with the lightning and Vangelis briliant music (by far his best OST) create a dystopic and melancholic atmosphere that is unmatched for me in SciFi movie history. It absorbs me every time I watch it (and I just watched it this very evening again, it was on arte, arguably one of the few remaining European public TV channels which broadcasts movie classics at prime time and combines it with subsequent documentaries, in this case one about Philip K. Dick).

Blade Runner did not only influence plenty of others, it was of course influenced by others. The most obvious influences are Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the film noir genre (Robert Mitchum was the the preferred actor for Deckard by the original screenplay writer Hampton Fincher)) and 70s French SciFi comics by Enki Bilal, Moebius and Philippe Druillet (published in Métal Hurlant, aka Heavy Metal magazine in USA).

what is the point of saying this? no one was denying it's influence



Smartie900 said:
twintail said:

You do realise that Ryan Gosling is the bigger star appeal in this film right?

 

On a side note... im a little surprised. Seemed like it was going to be a massive hit. Will need to see it soon though I dont hink the fisrt film is quite as epic as its legacy made it out to be.

I would argue that Harrison Ford's appeal is bigger. I should have worded it differently.... but besides The Notebook and La La Land, Gosling doesn't exactly convince people to see a movie that they wouldn't have seen otherwise, even if he is relatively well known.

I'm surprised of the movie's outcome too. It's underwhelming performance disappointed me to say the least.

Unfortunately, your argument is wrong. It's not really an opinion.



I bet the Wii U would sell more than 15M LTD by the end of 2015. He bet it would sell less. I lost.

It having a R rating didn't help its box office either besides the other stuff already mentioned.

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Well damn, I love Robert Mitchum, had no idea Hampton had him in mind.

With Nice Guys also flopping, I guess there is no hope for neo/noir to ever make a comeback. Damn shame, the musical crowd have their beloved La La Land... what about us noir lovers huh hollywood???