Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy birthday, Roy Batty

In Blade Runner, January 8, 2016 was the birthday of Roy Batty, the "antagonist" of the movie, who was played so superbly by Rutger Hauer.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.
It never ceases to amaze me how such a simple monologue can be so profound and haunting because this is exactly the fate for all of us. When we inevitably die, our memories, life experiences, everything that made us who we were disappears. Our experiences and perspective will be gone. Records can be lost, stories can change over time, and as the people who knew us die, so do those last connections between us and the world. In the end, we're all Roy Batty.

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