Blade Runner

By Maria Vazquez

Blade Runner (1982) is a film about a dystopian Los Angles where humans created artificial intelligence that was smarter than the human race. It is impossible to distinguish the “replicants” from adult humans. When a group of Replicants escapes from an off world planet the government calls in the “blade runners” who essentially hunt them down. There are 4 replicants of the nexus-6 model which means they only have a four-year lifespan. Since it is very difficult to distinguish human from replicant the protagonist can’t trust anyone.

Did you agree or disagree with what the readings said about the movie?

I have to agree with the readings because when I finished watching the film I was left asking many questions that the movie did not provide answers to. I thought the film itself was confusing then I went onto the web and the plot of the film became clearer. Many of the essays from the readings focus on how there are many different stylistic influences and how the film set up a sort of revolution for the sci-fi category. I thought it was interesting how people had many ideas on how the film and the novel that was the basis for the film were different, or how some people thought the film was not as good as the book or vice-versa

Why do you think The Blade Runner has been so influential and critically acclaimed in Sci-Fi circles?

I have to agree with the readings because when I finished watching the film I was left asking many questions that the movie did not provide answers to. I thought the film itself was confusing then I went onto the web and the plot of the film became clearer. Many of the essays from the readings focus on how there are many different stylistic influences and how the film set up a sort of revolution for the sci-fi category. I thought it was interesting how people had many ideas on how the film and the novel that was the basis for the film were different, or how some people thought the film was not as good as the book or vice-versa

Why do you think The Blade Runner has been so influential and critically acclaimed in Sci-Fi circles?

I think that the movie itself was a completely new approach to sci-fi films. I also think that the film has many themes that could be a serious concern to today’s society. For an example, the idea of artificial intelligence is a “reoccurring” theme in society.

How does the movie comment on humanity and ethics?

Essentially it implies that it is hard to distinguish real humans from non-humans. It also suggests the underlying question of if we make something so human-like should we kill it?

 

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