I did not get blown away by this one. The Kampff Test was the only thing that reminded me most of the book. It’s setting is nowhere near the post apocalyptic land of empty apartments and animals deemed as the rarest of commodities. It has a more corporate run setting, where the shining lights are meant to deter the poverty in the common areas of Los Angeles. Deckard isn’t married, so he looks like he has almost no motivation to live if he wasn’t a Blade Runner. Mercerism is non existent, so no added complexity to what is considered real and synthetic. The owl is seen for all but a minute and doesn’t seem to have much to it other than Rachael admitted it was synthetic right off the bat (17:12).
Rachael seems to be an innocent being caught up in this mess over illegal androids on Earth. She doesn’t manipulate him nor seem to be as calculating as the Rachael of “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” The Kampff test wasn’t even declared faulty by Mr. Tyrell (aka Rosen), rather he was welcoming to the idea why it took more than 100 questions to figure out if she is a replicant. Roy is explored more in the movie. He takes on the antagonist role while also searching for a way to live longer (a natural human instinct; to preserve life). The androids play a larger part, rather than concentrating on Deckard and his mental state as he “retires” each android.
A character that stuck was Leon. He appeared to be more of a killing machine than an android. Sort of like he represents everything that’s wrong for android existence (no regard for life and only wanting to show others the pain he suffered) In his fight with Deckard (more like an ass-whooping), he asks him: “Painful to live in fear, isn’t it?” (1:02:27). Leon thrashed him about and was prepared to kill him. He is ultimately just a bad android with the intent to kill, no matter who it is, with disregard for the consequences. Too bad Leon gets killed by Rachael and it further shows how close she is to human with wanting to protect Deckard. Overall, the movie was alright but nearly not as thought provoking as the book.