LONDON, England (AP) – A British newspaper survey of top scientists has chosen “Blade Runner” as the world’s best sci-fi film.
Sixty scientists were questioned, including evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, The Guardian newspaper said Wednesday.
In the 1982 film, a retired policeman played by Harrison Ford hunts down renegade human replicates in a dark futuristic vision of Los Angeles.
“It was so far ahead of its time and the whole premise of the story – what is it to be human and who are we, where we come from. It’s the age-old questions,” said Stephen Minger, a stem cell biologist at King’s College, London.
Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” came in a close second, followed by George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and “Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.”
The list also includes “Alien,” the original “Solaris” (1972), “The Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “War of the Worlds,” “The Matrix” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”