Blade Runner Analysis Precious Uwaya

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Blade Runner” written by Michael Heilemann touches unique and perceptive point such as the basic search for humanity pursued by both human and android in the Blade Runner. I  agree with the points such as  the movie attempt  to answer the larger question of humanity and individuality perception of reality. The Blade Runner is critically acclaimed because of its success in identifying and trying to answer issues such as genetic engineering, globalization and most importantly trying to answer the question of what differentiates humans from advance technology . From my interpretation of the movie, the movie points out the fact that there is no real difference between humans and advanced technology. In the movie the replicants Roy in his Tears of Rain soliloquy enables Deckard to understand that he has felt everything that normal humans feel, “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 Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”  Roy’s speech shows that despite his genetic engineering he still feels and understands a human emotion as Deckard does.  The movie shows the parallelism between the humans and the replicants with their lifespan being the only defining difference between man and machine.  The underlying question inspired by the movie is the question what makes us human? The movie also identifies what freedom means and or looks like. The question what makes us human is increasingly prevalent in today’s society because with the increase of artificial intelligence, and new advances such as genetic engineering of babies  would make us redefine what it means to be human.  The movie also questions if machines are capable of understanding feelings of love and affection, which according to the movie they are.


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