What is this? A sequel to Blade Runner? Well, yes, sort of. This
is a shot film (32 mins) by Harris Pozderac which follows on from
Blade Runner. Who would dare do such a thing? well there are a number
of fan fictions (some of them published on this site) that follow
the Blade Runner story, so why not have a film that does so? Why
The first thing we have to face is that a low budget production
simply cannot even begin to create the stunnning sets of Blade Runner,
nor get the acting talent, nor the glorious music, and no matter
how confident the director, they are not going to match Ridley Scott
are they? Okay. Accepted. So set our sights lower. Lets face it,
even if Scott were to do a sequel, he would not do the same Cityscape
as in the original would he? So, how about going back to the claustrophobic
ideas of the early Blade Runner scripts? Set much of BR2 indoors,
or in enclosed alleyways and yes, we do have a setting for exploring
some more of the Replicant dilemma.
Harris Pozderac doesn't pretend that he is the new Ridley Scott,
but does deliver a very interesting continuation of the Blade Runner
story. His main arrogance - to call it BR2 - yes it is *a* Blade
Runner sequel, but not *the* sequel, but that is accepted.
So what do we get? 'The Replicants Within' follows the idea of
the Sixth Replicant. Of course if you read the rest of this site,
you know the real facts of that, but lets accept this as a given
basis for the film. There is a Sixth Replicant, younger than the
others on that renegade mission we know so well. The year is now
2021 and following the events portrayed in Blade Runner, Nexus-6
Replicants have been recalled. Bad business for Tyrell. However,
a rival company has become aware of the sixth replicant and wants
her. She is within months of death and all she wants is a longer
So we have a tale of "Ridley", the Sixth Replicant and
her 'friends'. Trying to evade the Blade Runners is no easy task
and defeating one only brings another on her case. His name is Hoffman
- a tired old Runner who has seen it all. But he isn't quite prepared
for the events that now unfold.
Pozderac creates a tale in Black and White, playing artfully with
light and shadow. He introduces a new concept - that of the Slotman,
well versed in bioelectronics. Ridley is prostituting herself according
to her program, with Slotman and another as 'friends' but can she
tell who is telling the truth?
The manipulation of camera angles, light and dark and ambiguity
predominates in this film, presenting interesting scenes for the
viewer. The acting is for the most part fairly average. Shana Barrett
as Ridley produces a very stiff performance, unemotional and detached.
Just like a Replicant? Hmm... As for her two friends, their performaces
are no more than workmanlike. The only one that truly stands out
is Al Liner as Hoffman, the jaded Blade Runner. Although some of
the dialogue he is given is somewhat risible, he nevertheless makes
the most of his role and conveys the old Blade Runner who has seen
it all, has known a certain 'other' Blade Runner and has survived
life ... until now.
Stilted dialogue does pervade the film somewhat alongside repeated
set pieces. A change of camera angle provides a fresh view, but
a strange one. In the end there is simply no escaping the fact that
much of this film is shot in an ordinary barely furnished apartment,
with a few scenes in the street outside. This is where the film
lacks the most - in convincing us that this really is 2021. However,
some new tech, intrigue and double crossing and the idea of the
remaining Replicant wishing for life and love drag us along. So
we can accept bare rooms and dark alleys, follow the unfolding story
of Ridley and those around her and see the continuing prevailing
attitudes to replicants, particuarly of the Nexus 6 variety.
But what of the music? It is only when some rather excellent music
breaks in at the very end that you realise how much you have missed
it throughout the film. If the short pieces of music that appear
at beginning and end were throughout the film, it would make so
Is this like Blade Runner? Well, of course visually, musically
and in so many other ways it would be foolish to even start making
a direct comparison. The question we should ask is, are we looking
at an interesting possible sequel? Well, we have plenty of references
to Blade Runner and post-Blade Runner ideas. There is the artificial
tortoise that Hoffman pulls out, the Sixth Rep, mentions of that
'other' Blade Runner (and how foolish he was to fall in love with
a replicant...). And I'm sure you are familiar with Rutger Hauer's
comment of Deckard fucking a dishwasher ... well the Replicants
are likened to a number of household appliances in this film ..
perhaps too many ... see if you can catch machine, vacuum cleaner,
toaster, blender, vibrator, computer, doll, sex toy, etc.
Is it worth watching? Well, of course! Don't just accept my views
on the film, go see it yourself. The film can be seen at ifilm.
And then why not take a look at Harris Pozderac's own
site, where he talks about the making of the film.
- Netrunner, 3rd July 2002.