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Blade Runner Gets The Honest Trailers Treatment

Although the folks behind Honest Trailers usually focus on recent flicks, they recently went back to the dystopian future for Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner.

The video asks one fundamental question: is the movie really as good as everyone seems to believe? The narrator says, "[It] may not have done well at the box office, but [it] broke the all-time record for the number of film geeks insisting it's genius."

Among the aspects that get skewered: the amount of times that Scott recut the film even after its release in 1982 (there are seven versions out there), the slow pace of the movie, and the ambiguity about whether or not Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is actually a replicant. The video also points out that Deckard definitely seems to have a drinking problem and the flick features "the grumpiest Harrison Ford performance since anytime he's forced to promote a movie."

If you disagree with any of that, watch the video and see the evidence. 

Scott loosely based Blade Runner on Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and it's regarded as hugely influential in the genres of neo-noir and sci-fi that paved the way for the movies like The Matrix. However, it was only a modest hit and received mixed reviews from critics.

Denis Villeneuve's sequel Blade Runner 2049, however, is already being hailed as a masterpiece