Excellent concept here:
A newspaper survey of top scientists has chosen “Blade Runner” as the world’s best science fiction.
And the paper did a heck of a job doing it, interviewing, among others. Isaac Asimov, probably my second favorite sci-fi writer.
But Blade Runner‘s the best? 2001:A Space Odyssey a close second? GIVE ME A BREAK!
First of all, look at the two user ratings on those links: 8.2 for Blade, 8.3 for 2001. Second, let’s look at the time frame, Blade, 1982, 2001:, 1968.
Now, let’s examine the plots:
Blade Runner, “Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker… ” In other words, yet another shootemup spaghetti western set in spaceships.
2001:A Spade Odyssey: “This movie is concerned with intelligence as the division between animal and human, then asks a question; what is the next division? Technology is treated as irrelevant to the quest – literally serving as mere vehicles for the human crew, and as a shell for the immature HAL entity. Story told as a montage of impressions, music and impressive and careful attention to subliminal detail. ”
Did you get all that? The plot description fails to even mention HAL going bonkers ( why? ), and the transformation to the star child.
Breakthroughs: Blade Runner, none. 2001:, RCA used this film to display the new special effects technologies that would make Blade Runner, Star Wars, and all the new sci-fi movies possible.
Memorable scenes, I can’t remember anything particularly memorable from Blade Runner.
Sheez, where do you even begin?
Among other things, 2001 was possibly the first sci-fi movie where things didn’t go “boom” in space. It also featured a lot of scientific predictions of Arthur Clarke
, some of which have already come true.
The only strike against 2001 is that it’s not a fun movie. It’s a thinking movie. Stanley Kubrick often wanted his audience to experience what it was he was filming. Space has a lot of grandeur, so we had classical music. Space also has a lot of dead silence, so we got a lot of that. In regards to the music, 2001 re-introduced us to “The Beautiful Blue Danube“, which became an advertising standard, ( duh-duh. duh-duh ). And, “Thus Spake Zarathustra“, which became a concert intro staple ( Elvis Presley, David Bowie ).
What did Blade Runner give us?
Give me a break!
2001:A Space Odyssey is without any question the greatest sci-fi movie of all time. It may not be the most fun, and it may not have sold the most tickets, but it is still the greatest.