Blade Runner Analysis – Dominic Belmonte, Robert Gordon, Brian Gilfillan, Marc Acevedo

“Blade Runner” has been one of the most critically acclaimed Science Fiction movies since it was released in 1982. Blade runner takes place in a futuristic dystopian Los Angeles. The powerful Tyrell Corporation has released a group of genetically engineered humanoid replicants that to the naked eye seem completely human. Replicants have now replaced humans in doing jobs that are deemed unsafe for human action. The replicants are also deemed too dangerous to take part in regular human society so when they escape their predetermined jobs, they are hunted down and ‘retired’ (killed). These androids have a distinguishing feature that does set them apart, they can be distinguished by applying a Voigt-Kampff test. This test causes the androids to react emotionally and thus their identity is revealed. After a group of renegade replicants escapes, a ‘Blade Runner’ named Deckard is hired to ‘retire’ them and protect society from harm. I feel that “Blade Runner” has been so influential and critically acclaimed because of the impact that it had on future video games and science fiction movies. The movie introduced a new dark style to the science fiction genre and it eventually generated a large cult following. The movie also commented on the idea of humanity and ethics in society. The replicants, although they acted similarly to humans and thought as we do, were considered inhuman due to their creation. This question over what makes something truly human is frequently presented to audiences as they watch the movie. The idea of ethics is also extremely prevalent in this movie as Deckard has an emotional epiphany towards the replicants as the movie comes to its terminus. What is right and what is wrong is on the audiences mind as they either empathize the replicants or spite them for what they done and who they are. The underlying moral question of the humanity throughout movie presents itself through the replicants struggle for life and the character’s perceptions of humanity. Even today this question is relevant in that humanity is often an attribute towards decision making processes in society. As technology increases people are forced to ask themselves if the technologies created, often weapons, are going to ultimately benefit society or be more detrimental towards it. These questions will be asked throughout the future and if ‘replicants’ are really going to exist one day, questions based upon humanity will become the forefront of our society.

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