The Blade Runner, and Its Legacy

The Blade Runner was actually a Sci-Fi movie that I had never seen before. It was always something that I’ve always wanted to watch, but never got the time to get to. I had heard countlessly about the many movies that were inspired by Blade Runner and the countless animated films taking exact scenes deliberately from the movie. So going into this movie I had an idea of what to expect, and it fulfilled that expectation to its highest potential. The Blade Runner is a film that not only delves the viewer into a world that could potentially be ours, but a world full of questions of what makes someone truly human in the eyes of everyone else and what makes us a monster, almost like a mistake made by God. Do we have the right to take the lives of someone or something that we created in our own image? Or is that up to the judgement of God?

As for the readings for the movie, I agree with both of the articles. Both of the articles describe the movie as “essential to rethinking our relationship [with] the world around us”, which perfectly describes the film. In the film, the character being played by Harrison Ford, left the police force because he questioned his line of duty. This duty being to exterminate these androids that are so closely related to humans they’re almost one in the same. They are said to be eliminated because according to society “they are a danger to everyone and aren’t truly human”. Harrison Ford though questions this immediately finding out that some androids just want to live their lives peacefully as humans. Is it really up to Harrison Ford to take the life of someone like that? The articles also state that the film lies “far beyond the fascination of its special effects”. The Blade Runner doesn’t just rely on special effects to make a quick action movie, the movie goes deeper then that. The world described in the film is very much like modern day and the characters are each individually developed by one another. The androids don’t have any unique traits other then their super strength, so they actual resemble normal people adding to the questionability of exterminating them.

As for the movie commenting on humanity and ethics, it questions the law and how the world easily wants to destroy what’s different. Like I said previously, the androids in the film act very much like humans minus their super strength. Also, the women android Racheal even (to an extent) falls in love with the Harrison Ford character which is a very humanistic character trait. This asks the question what makes us human. Are we human if we act, talk, and feel it? Or are we not if were just a puppet made by the genius of mankind? This would be a relevant question even for today because throughout politics we question our actions against countries we don’t truly understand. Do we attack if were attacked without reason? Or we negotiate in a civil manner? Fear is the reason why we attack, and even though the fear of the androids isn’t true in reality, who says it isn’t true with everything else.

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