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"Blade Runner": Ethical Considerations And Film Analysis

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"Blade Runner" is a futuristic sci-fi action movie that takes place in the L.A. of the year 2019. Blade Runners are a type of law enforcement official who must hunt down rouge Replicants that are a genetically manufactured humanoid creature. They are no longer allowed on Earth and must be 'retired' if discovered planet side. This means that a "blade runner's" sole duty is to eliminate all Replicant threats on Earth. In this paper I will summarize the film, analyze the ethical dilemmas faced by the characters in this movie, and finally, compare it to my own personal ethical system.Part I: Film Summary"Blade Runner" follows the story of a man named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who happens to be a retiring "blade runner". Unfortunately his retirement is cut short when he is asked to hunt down four Replicants who have hijacked a military spaceship, killed all on board, and have now returned to earth to wreak havoc. Deckard's job is to seek the Replicants out and destroy them. He is given no choice in the matter even though he insists that he is retired. However, before he can find the Replicants, his boss sends him to the company that manufactures them(the Tyrell Co.) to preview a newly redesigned Replicant model, called Nexus-6, that is considered more human-like and similar to the four Dechard must 'retire'.Upon arriving at the production facility, Deckard is greeted by a woman named Rachael (Sean Young) who asks him if he has ever mistakenly killed a human instead of a Replicant. Deckard does not answer and their relationship starts off on shaky ground. They are barely civil to each other especially when Dechard is asked by the creator of Replicants to administer a Replicant 'test' upon Rachael. The results of this test reveal that Rachael herself is Replicant with implanted memories that make her feel as if she has been alive all of her life. She has no idea that she is a replicant although she is beginning to suspect that she is so.Deckard is surprised and alarmed that she is unaware of her Replicant status and questions the logic of giving false memories to man-made creature. Her creator then reveals that memories make them more stable and to prevent them from developing emotions and that all Replicants are limited to a four-year life-span. This means that all Replicants will die naturally after four years even though they are more superior in abilities in appearance to their human counterparts (or maybe because they are). To the creator Replicants are tools and are to be treated as such, and at first Deckard agrees with that assertion.As Deckard chases down the replicants he begins to question the reasoning behind it. The replicants only want to extend the life-span that was unfairly allotted to them. They do not want to die. They feel human and want to be human. They come to earth when most humans are leaving earth because it is so polluted and messed up. Replicants appreciate life more. Deckard learns this through his relationship with...

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