Analysis of Blade Runner by Ridley Scott
Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and based on Philip K. Dick's
novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, is a Sci-fi slash Noir film
about a policeman named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in a decrepit
2019 Los Angeles whose job it is to "retire" four genetically
engineered cyborgs, known as "Replicants". The four fugitives, Pris
(Daryl Hannah), Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), Leon (Brian James), and their
leader, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), have escaped from an off-world
colony in order to find their creator and bully him into expanding
their pre-determined four-year life span. This film originally flopped
when it came out in 1982, but since has become a widely acclaimed cult
classic with a director's cut to boot. A large part of the success
that this movie has received can be attributed to its ability to
operate on many different levels.
Blade Runner focuses around the adventures of Rick Deckard, a bounty
hunter, whose prey are the replicants, androids who are virtually
indistinguishable from humans. The story is set in downtown Los
Angeles, in the year 2019. This is a post nuclear holocaust world,
where the sun is darkened by the fallout and acid rain continually
falls. Six replicants of the Nexus 6 generation, the most advanced,
have escaped from their off-world colony, where they were being used
as slave labor. The leader of the replicants, Roy Batty, is on a
mission to find more life for himself and the others, for they only
have a four year life span and are on the verge of death. Roy is a
military style replicant, so he has killed many people in
inter-galactic wars and continues to kill as he searches for life.
Deckard is on a mission to find all of these replicants and in the
terms used by the police and the giant Tyrell Corporation that made
them, "retire" the replicants.
The film itself is regarded by most to be a very entertaining film,
due to a number of different factors. Firstly the film is set in the
2019, giving people a fascinating insight into the future. However the
unusual thing about the future is the dystopian outlook, which is not
the habitual preconception we most have. The special effects and fight
scenes did much to increase the entertainment level of the film. But
most of all the aspect of the film that entertains the audience the
most is the presence of Harrison Ford, who still is to this day a huge
star. And stars like him make people want to go and watch a film.
Blade runner addresses some of the eternal questions that humans have
asked for centuries, for example:
"What does it mean to be human?"
"What is reality?"
"What is the difference between real memories and artificial
"How does our environment affect us?"
"What are the moral issues we face in the creation of artificial