Blade Runner – Jonathan Flink

Although the idea of cyborgs is ridiculous, Blade Runner is a critically acclaimed film starring Harrison Ford. The way Ridley Scott presents a dystopian future really gets most people hooked as it is different from the norm – a big name actor also can get most people’s attention. The style and atmosphere shown in the movie presents a very gritty world for people and delusions many of the residents of this atmosphere. The narrative use of the sci-fi setting really proves why this movie is so critically acclaimed. I believe as far as ethics go in this movie, the replicants who are being oppressed shouldn’t be because they seek to further themselves. Although some of the methods they go about furthering themselves are a bit over-the-top, their intentions should be observed as just wanting to be more human. Because of this, humanity rejects those who are not like them and banish the replicants; in a sense they are right to do so but only do it because they are scared of what they don’t know. Concerning humanity, the replicants that were created may not be aware of the inferior species. They are however endowed with the knowledge that they are being oppressed by humanity and want to fight back. On a moral stance; the blade runners are continuously oppressing the replicants which have the right to fight back for just being themselves. What makes one human is generally the right to feel and love and also think like a human. The replicants are in fact not human, but because they are based on a human, they represent us. They are still machine, and therefore not of flesh and blood. They scan still think and pretend to feel, but they are only recalling things and thoughts that were programmed in them. In terms of ethics, humanity really has no right to oppress the replicants. What the replicants are doing is evolving, and if humanity didn’t want something like this to happen then they should have taken into consideration how much knowledege they should have given the replicants.


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