Movie – Heat [REVIEW] – A Los Angeles Crime Saga

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Michael Mann
Stars: Al PacinoRobert De NiroVal Kilmer


Heat is a heist drama movie directed by Michael Mann who also directed The Insider, Miami Vice, Collateral, and The Last Of The Mohicans. This film is also a remake of L.A. Takedown that’s also directed by Michael Mann and is an adaptation of the TV movie. After I read some reviews about this movie, Heat can be said as the best heist movie ever. Even this was more than my expectation. Some heist films which always focus on the point always contain excessive themes and seem unlikely. Heat uses two styles of realistic and modern. The final shootout scene in this movie also seemed realistic, simple, and normal to happen in the reality. The background that’s used also feels modern for the film which made in 1995. Moreover, with the action of these two best actors of all time, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro, we don’t need to be underestimated again. This film was also their second movie after The Godfather: Part II where they played in the same movie but never shared a screen. This movie is the real proof that this is an actual action movie. Nothing exaggerated, a great cast, realistic sound editing, and the background that looks modern.

“Heat,” tells about Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his professional criminal crew trying to hunt for a lot of money and ending up with a pursuit from Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and his team of cops in a robbery police division. This work put Vincent into a trail as they tried to get and work together to capture Neil’s group. Neil and Vincent are two people who have a similar life to their personal lives. Neil is a person who holds the principle by his mentor where he says, ‘Never have anything in your life that you can not walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat coming around the corner.’ However, he came out of his character and fell in love with someone. This is a cat and mouse chase whose connects their personal lives.

Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore in Heat (1995)

Heat took a mediocre theme of shooting in the streets, bank robberies, good guy against bad guy, and clichés in the heist movie in general. Although like that, Heat is a different film from the heist movie in general. The main thing that can answer why this film is said like that because of the actors. From the trailer, the film shows the two actors competing in one film on a screen. What I mean here is the coffee scene where the two actors are the first time to compete acting after The Godfather: Part II. If you want to assess how the performance of these two actors, I think it no longer needs to worry about because both actors are performing with the best performance. Al Pacino plays his character as a policeman with a character that contradicts his job. Two times divorced until life with his third wife that becomes a mess, he is someone who’s too obsessive about his work so he doesn’t really care about the people around him. By the way, Natalie Portman also plays in this film as Lauren Gustafson who became the son of Lt. Vincent Hanna. On the other hand, Robert De Niro plays his character as a villain with his cleverness that can make the police drive insane. He has a calm personality, doesn’t talk too much, and prefers to take an action as soon as possible. However, he is concerned with his friend including Chris Shiherlis played by Val Kilmer. Of these two characters, it’s this contradiction that makes the film so good. The bad guy who doesn’t like the bad guy and vice versa. Val Kilmer doesn’t really dominate in here and I think he’s so hard to get into the middle of these two actors. Another cast like Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, and friends seems good and no one deficient.

Robert De Niro in Heat (1995)

As I said, this movie is a contradiction between characters. Two main characters is a protagonist that focuses on a subject, woman. With the chaotic life of both of them, I think this movie sometimes displays some sad scenes because considering Heat is also a drama. Despite that, Heat is not solely focused on the aspect. But is Heat just as good as the big cast, not the story? Heat isn’t completely overdoing some action scene. Simply, not too many action scenes here. The first impression is just the recognition of character with various problems, the process of chase between the two side, and the whole is only dominated by conversation. People who still lay with films like this and just looking for the action alone may not be in accordance with their expectations and will find that this movie’s boring. One of the most memorable when watching this movie is the final shootout bank heist scene that exceeded my exploits. The first thing that immediately flashed through my head was a heist video game called PAYDAY 2 and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Not to mention, Christopher Nolan himself is also inspired by this scene where he uses this scene as the opening scene of The Dark Knight. Speaking of the final shootout, this scene is one of the most real scenes ever in the movie. The editing sounds are almost similar to the sounds of real weapons, the cinematographic techniques of the splendid by Dante Spinotti, and the performance of all real performance when using weapons. The actors in this movie are also trained using weapons before shooting the movie. I also wonder why this film didn’t win even nominated at all in Oscar. In fact, this film deserves to get an Oscar award in the category of Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing. By the way, don’t forget the ending that’s also pretty twisty and hard to figure out so the storyline of the two main characters will meet on something that cannot be speculated.


Overall, Heat is one of the best heist movies ever. The duration that presented is almost three hours. Not to mention, this film is more dominant in conversation rather than the action. So, this movie can be a bit boring than you think but the action will make you lose your boredom. For me, there are so many memorable scenes in this movie one of the coffee scene, the final shootout scene, the suspenseful ending scene, to the chase scenes of the two best actors which all I think are memorable. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two of the best actors who perform their best performances in this film and together compete. The other cast is also like that with sound editing that is pretty realistic, I think this is one of the realistic movies I’ve ever watched. An experience in watching action films only exist on Heat.

 

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Movie – A Few Good Men [REVIEW] – You Can’t Handle The Truth!

IMDB Rating: 7,7/10
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Tom CruiseJack NicholsonDemi Moore


What makes a talking movie so interesting to watch? The acting. Many people think that talking movies always be boring and can’t be enjoyed by everyone. In fact, some are interesting though also sometimes don’t make the audience feel boring. In addition to A Few Good Men, some courtroom movies I’ve seen include To Kill A Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men, and Bridge Of Spies. I also don’t know if there’s more or I might have forgotten. A Few Good Men is a dramatic courtroom thriller movie with full of tension at the end. I had no idea if Tom Cruise could compete with one of the best actors of all time, Jack Nicholson. Although I oftentimes see Tom Cruise with his popular franchise, Mission Impossible, I don’t think he can act with his acting that so thrilling in this movie. Directed by Rob Reiner who also directed Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, and This Is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men will take you to a tension-filled drama between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

“A Few Good Men,” tells about Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise), a Navy lawyer who has never seen a room in a courtroom. He was immediately assigned to defend two marines who were thought have killed his colleague. He is known for his lazy characteristic and not too concerned about the circumstances that surrounded him. He only approves this case even though he doesn’t know anything about the law. Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is also asked to follow Lt. Daniel Kaffee along with his personal staff, Lt. Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollak). This case began because of the victim, Pfc. William T. Santiago (Michael DeLorenzo) was given a “red code” where he was considered to be screwed up on his platoon. Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) known as a feared leader. He ordered his senior officers to give the best for the case, but Lt. Daniel Kaffee knows everything. The drama-filled debate between Lt. Daniel Kaffee with Col. Nathan R. Jessep will make all these cases end in suspense.

Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Pollak in A Few Good Men (1992)

For a movie like this, the premise is certainly pretty simple for the 90s movie like this. However, this is not a story that seems simple, not a movie you want to see just because there is Tom Cruise in it. This is a movie that puts everything in its actors. I’ve never seen Tom Cruise’s acting in all of his films for being honest, I’ve watched his movies that had an action genre alone. With all the performances he gives, his character is somewhat so memorable with his acting that full of tension, sometimes emotional, and sometimes genius. Jack Nicholson is also a badass. He is a heel, a someone that if you only through his eyes, you know how great his acting is. Especially when he compete acting with Tom Cruise at the end of the film, the whole line he said was very memorable including “You can’t handle the truth” which I usually hear. This quote is so short but memorable and kicked. Because of these two actors, the atmosphere is increasingly little by little depending on the tension of this film. I say that because the pacing of this movie is very boring and lengthy at the beginning. Therefore, many people will realize that this is a boring movie. The pacing will begin to gaze up upon entering the core of the story and increasing until the end of the film.

Tom Cruise and Kiefer Sutherland in A Few Good Men (1992)

Demi Moore, also I think he played a good role in this movie. She sometimes controls the situation between Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Sometimes becomes more pessimistic because of his presence. Although her role is not too monotonous, Demi Moore already proves everything. Kevin Pollak also I think is very good in this movie. Although his acting in The Usual Suspect is so minor that I don’t see his behavior, in this movie he is shown to be a calm person and more relies on gesture than speaking. I think this movie takes a lot of satire that I think I approve of it. People are always concerned with class, wealth and honor, rather than a sense of humanity and sense of divinity. I think, we often see this thing around us and on television too. They are always shown and will never stop. In this day, just a few people we can trust because too many bad people are two-faced. When good people speak, they are considered wrong and vice versa with bad people. I think this is a movie that is intended for everyone because it has its own element in it.


Overall, A Few Good Men is a courtroom drama movie that shows everything. A talking movie that isn’t in vain you watch for you who haven’t watch it yet. When Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson struck in this movie, it makes me blow my mind. Although the pacing is a bit boring and too deep, this is an insinuation movie you should watch because this movie will tell you that you can’t handle the truth. A film that has its own elements.

Movie – The Raid 2 [REVIEW] – It’s Not Over Yet

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Stars: Iko UwaisYayan RuhianArifin Putra


Watching The Raid is like you holding your breath for one to two hours. The Raid 2 could be a trigger sequel to the actual action movie. I can just sit back and enjoy this movie, can’t say anything and just be astonished to see all the action in this movie. In the sequel to The Raid, Gareth Evans presents an action that remains the same as the previous film. It’s just that the filming location that is used in this movie’s not just one but there are many. In my opinion, I prefer the first film compared to the sequel because there are some opinions that I think is the lacking. However, people assume that the sequel is better than the prequel.

“The Raid 2,” tells about 2 hours after the incident in the first movie. Rama (Iko Uwais) was demanded by Bunawar (Cok Simbara) to become a spy in the Bangun family (Tio Pakusadewo) by approaching his son Uco (Arifin Putra). Rama is assigned to look for a proof related to Reza (Roy Marten) with the mafia chiefs who rule the city.

Alex Abbad and Cecep Arif Rahman in The Raid 2 Berandal (2014)

In this sequel, the first time I watch I didn’t know what really happened in this movie. In the first scene when the movie begins, we see the scene where Andi played by Donny Alamsyah executed by the mob boss. I was immediately surprised, why the characters that were in the prequel is just immediately removed like that. Although this character appears at the time when reaching the climax of the first film, in the sequel it’s removed just like that. Besides, why did the director use Yayan Ruhian again as a new character or is Mad Dog still alive in this sequel? Although I know Yayan Ruhian is playing a new character here, I immediately think ambiguously why is the situation is like this. However, The Raid 2 gives everything so that its audience can watch the scene of the fight that’s very powerful and also grasped inside. It could be said that the sequel is far more crazy and wild.

Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman in The Raid 2 Berandal (2014)

Gareth Evans is the director who always presents some of his shots that are very dark and rigid. In this movie, Gareth Evans changed everything in the first movie into a more dramatic atmosphere to tense. Although like that, it may also feel strange if in Indonesia there was snow. I immediately laugh so sarcastically in my heart why in the snow was existed in Indonesia. But this is just a movie. The Raid just needs everything in action rather than looking at it from the other side. Although the martial arts is still being presented in this movie, some scenes of the car chase also feel good filmed like Raiders Of The Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg. There are a lot of big differences from this movie compared with the first movie and of course, the action scenes that presented in here somehow it very felt nuance. The Raid 2 is one of the best martial arts movies ever seen even though I’ve been watching it, it’s so great.


Overall, The Raid series is one movie you should not miss for those who want to find real action movies. This film will be a trigger in the film industry in Indonesia because it’s very rarely some Indonesia films are very crazy like this. Gareth Evans is a director who always displays all aspects and always pays attention to all the shortcomings. The Raid cannot be missed for you guys.

Movie – The Raid: Redemption [REVIEW] – 1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors Of Hell

IMDB Rating: 7,6/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Stars: Iko UwaisAnanda GeorgeRay Sahetapy


The Raid is one of the foreign movies from Indonesia directed by Gareth Evans. Previously, I had known this movie for a long time and I’ve watched this movie including with the sequel. Then, I also recently re-watch this movie for some reason. However, most people always assume that the best martial arts movie is The Matrix according to them. In fact, there are much more that are better than The Matrix although this movie is also good when I inspected from every aspect. The Raid is also one of the first successful movies to be airing in worldwide. In fact, I also don’t believe it turns out this movie got a positive response in there and some appreciation from the critics because the choreography is fairly steady for such genres like this. For myself, I should be proud for a movie that made in Indonesia and became widespread in all of the worlds should the movie industry in Indonesia can make a movie like this again in the future rather than making movies that I often see and that is very overrated in Indonesia.

“The Raid: Redemption,” tells about an S.W.A.T. team invaded an apartment filled with mobster led by Tama (Ray Sahetapy). The troops are led by Wahyu (Pierre Gruno) and these troops will break into a building filled with gangsters and they are stuck on the seventh floor. Shots, the war in them, betrayal, and violence. All of that will always be on the two side.

 

Yayan Ruhian in Serbuan maut (2011)

So, The Raid actually doesn’t need the main story to support or augment a movie. The Raid doesn’t present a boring story but presents the violence and action scenes executed by the director. There is only an action, action, action, and action. The tension is everywhere that you will be made amazed ’till you see the atmosphere in this movie. What I’m confused with this movie or something that ruined the story is that there is one cliche scene that can be said to be like the movie is like a little touch. For example, Rama played by Iko Uwais. We see the first scene of this film that is the main character who seems to act if this is his last meeting with his wife. Also, one of the scenes where Rama is flashback his wife and showing that scene. Some of these scenes actually make this movie like a very cliche drama movie. In addition, one of the scenes in which a gangster who shot dead the driver elite S.W.A.T. and clearly obvious a vehicle behind the gangsters in such a very crowded and as if nothing happened. Actually, if I estimate the flaws of this movie, there may be a lot. But I’m not just focusing on that part of it.

Iko Uwais in Serbuan maut (2011)

The choreography that was built in this movie is very fascinating and neat as well as some combined with martial arts that are very impressive. I can’t say anything about the director. With choreography up to bare-handed action, the cinematography is also stunning as if we were watching closely. The constantly shaken camera movement is also a combination of several other cinematographic techniques, I don’t know what else to say. The violence that filmed in this movie can also be spelled out very brutal and very vicious to some dirty words like other Hollywood movies. With all of the aspects that exist, maybe The Raid could be a trigger for the film industry in Indonesia and will become an inspiration.


Overall, The Raid: Redemption is not really the best action movie ever but supported with everything the director has given, it all gets better. The cinematography, the choreography, the actors, to the action, are all packed regularly. However, there are a lot of lacks in this movie but it all becomes forgotten. I hope films like this are still there again especially in Indonesia. I will also review the next sequel.

Movie – Bridge Of Spies [REVIEW] – In The Shadow Of War, One Man Showed The World What We Stand For

IMDB Rating: 7,6/10
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Matt Charman
Stars: Tom HanksMark RylanceAlan Alda


Bridge Of Spies is a historical drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Who doesn’t know Steven Spielberg? A well-directed man who made famous movies such as Jurassic Park trilogy, Indiana Jones trilogy, Saving Private Ryan, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and etc. The movie starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance who won an Oscar award in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Bridge Of Spies is also one of the underrated movies by Steven Spielberg I think because this movie is also infrequently known by anyone especially if this movie has a history and thriller genre in it. Not to mention, talking movie like this is so boring at all. But, that’s for some people because this movie isn’t a regular talking movie. Although almost every scene is just talking, it never bore me and also this movie is a biography. So, I have no problem with this movie but Steven Spielberg can be a well-directed who cannot be underestimated anymore.

“Bridge Of Spies,” tells about 1957 in Brooklyn where a Russian spy named Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) picked up a secret message from a park bench and read it before the FBI agent stormed into his apartment room. He did manage to hide the secret message but he was carried into the upshot of his arrest and prosecution. Then, a lawyer named James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) was asked to make Rudolf Abel his legal client. Donovan was asked to be able to handle Abel as well so Abel would cooperate with the US government so that his demands could be reduced. However, Abel refused guilty to cooperate with the United States which ultimately threatened the death execution. After Donovan finished with his duties, Donovan just continued his defense of Abel because according to Donovan, there is a human side within Abel because he is a loyal soldier to his country. Donovan assumes that Abel deserves respect even though Abel is the enemy of the United States. Donovan proposed to the trial that Abel’s death sentence be replaced by a prisoner’s custody if a US spy was detained by the Soviet, the two countries could exchange spies. The judge agreed with the proposal but all citizens of the United States were angry with that proposal. Donovan also became a scapegoat because the court’s decision and his family got a terror because of the hatred of Americans against him. After a long time when the case was over, the incident that predicted Donovan happens. A US spy pilot named Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) was shot down after taking pictures of Soviet using airspace. Donovan finally wanted to do whatever it took to recover his name but at the same time, another American named Frederic Pryor (Will Rogers) was arrested for being on the wrong side of the wall when the Berlin wall was built. This is the impediment how Donovan can save both.

Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Billy Magnussen in Bridge of Spies (2015)

Steven Spielberg is always able to present a movie that’s never boring to watch. Especially if the story told about a cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. However, Bridge Of Spies is not a war movie like Saving Private Ryan where there are so many corpse bodies and blood everywhere. While watching this movie for 2 hours and 20 minutes, you will only see the talking scene, a talking, and a talking. However, the talking scene in here is somehow very tense and not boring. This movie is a pure drama, not a war movie like a battle everywhere, or a gunshot with a bomb blast. There is no a great action in it while watching this movie because you will feel bored when watching this movie in the cinema. This movie is also one of the films where Steven Spielberg recalls his favorite actor Tom Hanks after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and the recently released biography movie’s The Post. Although this movie is a pure drama, this film is not a drama movie that will drain the tears even though some of the scenes I’m also touched let alone the ending when I watch this movie. You will see a side of humanity, a kinship, holding its own principles, until the struggle.

Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Billy Magnussen

For the actors, Mark Rylance is the most dominant actor in this movie. No one knows if he won an Oscar in this film. Rudolf Abel’s character is very cool, plain, quiet, and authoritative. Although if we compare to Tom Hanks that most often appears, Mark Rylance can be said is an actor that I can’t guess at all. He can indeed be an enemy of the United States but there is a magical impact that makes me feel pity about his character because he is not an unworthy person to receive the death execution even though he is a spy. Tom Hanks who plays James B. Donovan can be said to be a very good actor because I often guess what kind of character Tom Hanks is in every movie. He is a soft, friendly, and sometimes a funny person. But in this movie, Tom Hanks is able to bring his character simultaneously with his firm acts, not arrogant, a loving person, and fighting for his country. Austin Stowell, although he is the core of the story, I don’t see the advantages in him. The characters that are played also seem to be so easily forgotten that I don’t notice during watching this movie. But I like the scene where a plane with its stunning CGI effects. Not to mention, this is the best scene I’ve ever seen in this movie. Bridge Of Spies is a film that takes historical stories that are not boring and refers to the principle of humanity. Although the duration is quite a long, this movie also added a lot of light humor between the scene of its tension between government and politics as if we see a superpower country face each other and it makes me feel tense.


Overall, Bridge Of Spies is a biography movie with a history that will not feel bored while some people may feel bored sometimes. Although the plot of it story seems rather slow, I also didn’t expect to see if there is a plot-twist at the end of the movie. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks is a merger of two legends who are able to present a movie that is unmatchable. Mark Rylance also I think it’s worth to get an Oscar award in this movie. Steven Spielberg is a well-directed man who can execute every scene by his cinematography.

Anime – Death Note [REVIEW] – The Hunted Becomes The Hunter!

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,68/10
Genre: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Studios: Madhouse
Author: Takeshi Obata (Art), Tsugumi Ohba (Story)
Seiyuu: Kappei Yamaguchi, Mamoru Miyano, Shidou Nakamura


Death Note is a mystery and thriller anime that of course, everyone knows about this anime. Death Note has also become a pop culture such as a live-action movie that recently aired on Netflix in 2017, TV dramas, a parody on the internet, even a video games-there is. Death Note is no longer an anime that no one knows about this anime. I’ve been watched a long time ago although it’s still a bit freshly around 2 years ago. People also say that Death Note is the best mystery anime that ever existed because the manga that is written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s indeed I admit that the story is very intelligent even though using the story that proceeds ahead.

“Death Note,” tells about shinigami Ryuk (Shidou Nakamura) as the death of God who can kill anyone by looking at the victim’s face and writing his name in a book called Death Note. One day, Ryuk became bored with the shinigami world that he lived in until he wanted to be interested in what if he dropped his Death Note into the human realm. Light Yagami (Mamoru Miyano) is a high school student who thinks that this world has an unfair system and he’s the person who got the Death Note. When he tried to write a criminal in the book, he realized that Death Note is something to be proud of because it can form a new world system. Light Yagami then tries to write down all the criminal names that exist in order to create a new world where criminals are no longer exist and people will worship him as a god. The police are trying to figure out the cause of this serial murder and why only the criminals are dead. Therefore, Japanese investigators try to recall the best detective in the world named L (Kappei Yamaguchi).

Death Note 02

Initially, I’ve known a long time about this anime because some of my friends have watched this anime. I just know that Death Note is an anime that tells about a book that if you write the name of the person in the book, it will die. In short, that’s all I know about the main characters. After watching it, I just realized why many people think that this anime is a mystery anime with a story that executed a smart impression by the author. Although this anime is already a bit old and classic, I think this anime will never die. The conflict that happened between Light and L is really a revelation I can see it in this anime. This inner conflict also presents how they fight using their intelligence so that sometimes they are equally unsteady to catch each other. On the other hand, L and Light is also an archrival partner as well as anime basically. The plot of the story presented in this anime I think there is no shortage at all even though I watch it over and over, I don’t see it at all.

Death Note 01

However, I would not say that this anime will be absolutely perfect. Death Note may be able to show its mistake even if it will be seen. The shortcoming in here is when entering the climax of the story. I will try not to tell spoiler at all. There is a character that is why it just appears like that and for no reason. The background is a bit of detail to determine but I feel it’s ruining the story of this anime. In addition, the endings that are provided at the end are also a great plot-twist even making it impossible to create a second season. So for those of you who haven’t watched at all, I think you should watch it soon because this anime is a bit classic but the plot of the story that presented in here I think is like a Hollywood thriller movies in general. For the matter of the artwork, I don’t think it should be judged because although this is a classic anime, Death Note is still classified as a modern anime in general. The soundtrack on the opening, BGM that has some nuances like creepy stuff, and Mamoru Miyano who fills the voice of Light Yagami somehow he is so prevailing his character so perfectly.


Overall, Death Note can be said as an anime that so long to watch but this anime is very popular even become a pop culture in some place or circle. The plot of the story is neatly systematized and somehow so smart that we are the audience must thinking a little bit hard to be able to understand what is really happened in this anime. In the end, the plot-twist that presented was also very unexpected and really interesting to watch. Death Note is an anime that must be watched by everyone.

Movie – Blade Runner [REVIEW] – Man Has Made His Match… Now It’s His Problem

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Philip K. Dick
Stars: Harrison FordRutger HauerSean Young


Blade Runner is a sci-fi thriller that can be said to be a total failure in income and criticism are very diverse in that year. But why is this movie so much thrilling while there are many negative responses in that year? What makes it so good that the sequel is made? Yeah, I also don’t know why if this movie made a pop culture like an anime version of it, even considered as the best dystopian movie ever. However, this movie is the same as 2001: A Space Odyssey for myself because watching this movie for the first time will certainly be a very boring impression. Watched for the second time leave a lot of answers and watch for the third time, you’ll realize that this is a masterpiece. Especially if the director of this movie is Ridley Scott who also directed Alien, The Martian, and Gladiator. Plus starring Harrison Ford or better known as Han Solo in Star Wars franchise or Indy in Indiana Jones franchise.

“Blade Runner,” set in place in 2019 in the future. Tyrell Corporation is a company responsible for creating replicants, an android that has the same artificial AI technology as humans. Replicants are created to work in colonies outside the earth. Therefore, a rule for replicants is strictly forbidden to enter the earth and they must be killed by a Blade Runner if they break the rule. One day, four replicants made it to Earth and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) was a Blade Runner who was assigned to hunt down all the four replicants.

Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner (1982)

Before I start reviewing, I want to make a statement. Remember when I reviewed 2001: A Space Odyssey that misrepresenting the future? This movie has a similar thing and strangely too, the movie seemed boring for the first time for myself. So this way, it’s 2018 and one year the atmosphere described in Blade Runner will be just like the movie. I mean, this is 2018 and may not necessarily resemble a futuristic city atmosphere in Blade Runner. What I mean here is flying cars, races that are connected in outer space, and humans who can already create android very similar to humans, have feelings, and also have emotions. However, I consider this movie to be the most unique sci-fi movie ever seen since it was produced in the 80s. I also wonder why this movie is so difficult to taken by people in that year too. I give an applause for Ridley Scott who makes this beautiful sci-fi movie. I mean, I recognize his greatness because when compared to sci-fi movies nowadays, I think Blade Runner is the best. People said it makes no sense because maybe those who haven’t watched or didn’t understand the movie.

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982)

These futuristic Los Angeles cities remind me of Len Wiseman’s Total Recall movie, starring Colin Farrell. The atmosphere portrayed from both movies is very similar. A city is depicted so drearily, narrow, damp, and so dirty. Therefore, there are so many movies that represent futuristic but bleak atmosphere thanks to this Ridley Scott movie. What I love about this movie is that Ridley Scott incorporates a classic noir movie element but a futuristic scene with a soundtrack that is perfect to completely describe the atmosphere of this bleak city. In addition to Total Recall, Blade Runner also reminds me of one of the anime Psycho-Pass. But the similarity may be only in terms of the story, where humans are subservient to technology that has vanquished the human brain. And another one, this movie is a thriller with the noir genre so you will not get action scenes everywhere. I myself love this movie like this but I’m surprised this movie is very unconventional from other thriller movies.

Joanna Cassidy in Blade Runner (1982)

Although Blade Runner is a movie with a continuous plot, this movie will tend to be difficult to understand and follow the story because this movie goes with a story that’s so slow with boring characters. The dialogue also sometimes feels brief but from here the audience will understand it. However, the concept of the story built in here is very appealing to this world where humans are more human impressed but lost for killing the replicants. The man who thinks that a replicant is a rebel or something, I see it’s mere nonsense because of the fact that man is the cruelest here. In fact, replicants that are considered dead still have hearts and emotions to understand humans. I also like the last monologue spoken by Roy Batty played by Rutger Hauer. Maybe this includes a small spoiler but the quote that he said was somehow very meaningful with the improvisation of the actor itself. I was immediately touched in this scene as well.


Overall, Blade Runner is a movie that can be seen from anywhere because the movie seems ambiguous and has different perceptions of each person. The sci-fi, thriller, with neo-noir elements, all combined into one with a pretty futuristic city effect. I also want to watch the sequel starring Ryan Gosling. However, I can’t speak with this movie because Ridley Scott managed to make all the audience feel ambiguous to be confused about the beauty of this masterpiece.