Friday, April 29, 2011

'Priest' Imagery A Tribute to 'Blade Runner'

Scott Charles Stewart must love 'Blade Runner'.

The imagery in the first few seconds of the new featurette for 'Priest', directed by Stewart, is very reminiscent of the city-scape design in Ridley Scott's classic.

Same rain (although in 'Priest' it looks like snow, or possibly ash falling), same Japanese motif (paper umbrellas), same crowded streets, same incessant PA announcements emanating from giant video screens (possibly issuing the same spiel over and over, like the woman in 'Blade Runner' taking the giant happy pill again and again).

Check them out:

And this... almost identical to this shot by Scott:

If that's not homage I don't know what is. Can't blame Stewart. 'Blade Runner' is one of the all-time greats.

So far, the visual style of 'Priest' is pretty impressive. If it has the same wow factor as the visuals in 'Blade Runner' it'll be a feather in Stewart's cap.

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