Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer

Unless you live on Mars, I’m sure that you’ve heard the name Oscar Pistorius once or twice in your life. Maybe you heard about him in 2012 when he became the first disabled athlete to compete with able bodied runners at the Olympics in London and he became the hero in his native South Africa. If you aren’t into sports and didn’t watch the 2012 Olympics, then I’m sure his name popped up in a much different context – the famous athlete who murdered his model girlfriend. Believe me, in 2013, it was a big deal. I was studying in Barcelona where we were supposed to practice our Spanish, and our teacher came to our Spanish class and said “Today you will be sitting in groups and you’ll be discussing whether Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend on purpose or not”. Pistorius was an ongoing theme for the following three years, especially after his infamous trial and convictions. Fast forward to 2017 – four years after a 29-year-old woman was brutally killed – some people thought it would be a great idea to make a movie about it. I know that, from 2013 until now, many people have been doing their best to make money off of the situation; suddenly everyone is writing a book about their friendship or relationship with Oscar Pistorius. I’m sure many people have a lot to say about him but, in my world, they’re called opportunists. So it broke my Buffy loving heart when I found out that Amber Benson wrote this movie.

Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer is a dramatized account of Oscar Pistorius and his relationship with the model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. That’s pretty much it. It’s not a biography, as its main focus is the night of February 14 2013 when Oscar killed Reeva. We are not introduced to anything new in the movie. The movie begins on February 13 where we see Oscar and Reeva all loved up and happy, even making love on the kitchen table – depiction of a loving couple. 10 minutes into the movie, Reeva is already shot dead and Oscar is arrested. From then, the whole movie is a huge flashback of how their relationship started, of Oscar’s tantrums, and everything in between – literally everything we already know from the trial itself. It’s very clear that not one person has been interviewed specifically for the movie – every quote and every information are taken from either the trials or some old interviews. Hence, no one close to the protagonists approved of this movie.

The first scene of Blade Runner Killer screams BIAS, as the first scene shows Oscar Pistorius’s face with his sunglasses on. He then pulls out a gun and smiles before he starts running. And crucify me if you must because no one likes to hear anything ‘positive’ about Pistorius, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t carry a gun during training. Another thing that annoys me immensely is that, for some reason, we see Oscar Pistorius shooting a dog during an interview. What the actual f*ck? While we are talking about the bias of this movie, I also want to mention the fact that, in the last scenes during the trial, Oscar says “I would never pull a trigger” – Lie. Never happened. Oh and let’s not start talking about how Oscar was looking at footage from the Olympics 2012 as if it was porn. Turn it down a notch, you already made your point, Norman (the director). I know that the objective of making this poor excuse for a movie was to bash Oscar Pistorius and portray him as an abuser, a cheater, and an unstable possessive dimwit, but the worst thing is that Reeva Steenkamp is portrayed as everything she wasn’t. In a scene where she is talking to her mom, and her mom asks her to take it easy with Oscar and not to go too fast, Reeva says “But it’s Oscar Pistorius!” – that does not show a strong independent woman that Reeva was. She is portrayed as a very sweet but very weak woman who let herself get manipulated by the fact that she was dating a celebrity.

Now let’s talk about acting. I’ve never seen a performance this bad! Andreas Damm as Oscar Pistorius was horrible and his acting was so unnatural that, at times, I just couldn’t watch. Toni Garrn, on the other hand, was less unbearable, and her performance was a tiny bit better. She failed to portray any emotions, though. We are not thoroughly introduced to other characters so I can’t comment on them but, as for Oscar and Reeva, everything seems so forced and the chemistry is nonexistent. I also fail to understand why they use a mannequin as Reeva’s body in one of the first scenes where they show her injured head. Blade Runner Killer is so cheap in many ways and I hope that neither family will see this because it’s not a tribute to Reeva Steenkamp – it’s an erroneous portrayal of a strong woman with a vision. The movie is a waste of precious time you’ll never get back, it’s horrible acting, boring same old story that’s been told a million times, and it goes to show that Amber Benson’s writing is as bad as her acting.

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