By: Hari Roth, Kate Mazza, Regina McCormick, Julia Mulry
1.) After watching the movie Blade Runner and reading the texts posted on Moodle we can safely say that I agree with both of the articles we read pertaining to the movie. The article that resonates the most after reading about and watching the movie is “The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic” In particular a quote that we found to be accurate was, “this collection of essays explores the various platforms literary, fan, digital, and theoretical where the film continues to resonate.” From the essay the quote summarizes one of the main aspects of Blade Runner that still makes it still well-known and famous today; the fact that it still has a following because of the fact that it contains deeper meanings and thought provoking aspects. In addition, we also liked how the article further proved the ideas of mortality and morality. In general, both of the articles provided a great source of supplementary readings to the movie and provided great insight further into the film that helps prove and explain its ideas, clear and unclear, further.
2.) Blade Runner is credited as one of the most influential and monumental movies to enter the Sci-Fi world. It distinguishes itself from prior Sci-Fi films and stories because of several factors. It has been critically acclaimed and analyzed by many Sci-Fi circles. A primary factor that distinguishes Blade Runner from other Sci-Fi films is its dark, dreary, and dirty setting. It is very different from the clean, white, and gray settings of other Sci-fi movies of the time, such as Star Wars. It presented a world in the future that was dystopia rather than utopia. Another key component that distinguishes it from other Sci-Fi movies is the introduction of an intelligent Android (tag “intelligent android”) that is virtually indistinguishable from the humans that created it. These factors add up making BladeRunner the most influential science fiction film of the 1980s.
3.) The movie comments on humanity and ethics by Roy Batty , who is in fact a fairly perfect “human”: strong, handsome, and honest. There is also the monstrous uncanny of Sebastian’s creations, the strange and ungainly precursors to the replicants he designs for Dr. Tyrell. Monstrosity is also present in the human characters. For instance, the coldness with which Deckard, along with Bryant and Gaff, respond to the assignment of “retiring” the replicants; the use of the verb absolving them of any moral wrongdoing. To say “kill” would be to grant the replicants some outward appearance of autonomy, even if merely the status of a living being; to “murder” them would be to tacitly admit their humanity. Replicants are indistinguishable from adult humans and are banned from Earth because they are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on the “off-world colonies.” Replicants who ignore the ban and go back to Earth, are hunted down and killed by the police, known as “Blade Runners.” This comments on humanity because it’s saying that if people don’t follow the laws by the government they will be punished. The Replicants start to show compassion and fear for one another and are put together against human characters who lack empathy, while the mass of humanity on the streets is cold and impersonal. The film goes so far as to put in doubt whether Deckard is human, and forces the audience to re-evaluate what it means to be human.
4.) The Blade Runner is an exceptional movie because of the question it poses about humanity. The question of what makes us human is quite intricate as it can never really be answered. Is our humanity defined through our actions and thought? If so, this remains to be incredibly relevant because of the existential question of why we exist. However, what if we’re here because were being controlled by a higher being? Does that change our humanity? While these questions are all posed by this movie, it is clear by the movie’s climax that our humanity is questioned, but must be earned.