How Humans and Robots are Presented in Blade Runner
"Blade Runner" is a science fiction film set in Los Angeles in the
year 2019. Nuclear war had just ended which caused large-scale
devastation such as dramatic climate change, genetic change and all
animals on earth becoming extinct apart from artificial ones. The
Tyrell Corporation developed the artificial animals, which also happen
to be the creators of Androids (Artificial beings) which the film is
based on. The film "Blade Runner" revolves around the Nexus 6 series
of Androids these androids were built to do the hard, tiresome jobs on
off-world colonies. Using androids was a big advantage for the humans
of this time because they never get tired so can work non-stop.
The problem with replicants is that they are super-humans, intelligent
and very omniscient and could over-power the humans at any time. After
an incident where many humans were killed on an off world colony by
Nexus 6 they were made illegal on Earth.
Rick Deckard the main character in the film prowls the steel and
microchip jungle of 21st century, LA. He is a Blade Runner stalking
genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: Kill them. Their
crime: wanting to be human.
The story of "Blade Runner" is familiar to countless fans but few have
seen it like this because the version I was studying was the directors
cut so we see Ridley Scott's own interpretation of his sci-fi classic.
This version omits Deckard's voice-over and develops in greater detail
the romance between Deckard and Rachael and removes the uplifting
finale. The result is a heightened emotional impact. The new scene
(unicorn vision) suggests Deckard maybe a replicant himself.
The question I have been set is: How are humans and robots presented
in "Blade Runner" and What is the director suggesting about what it is
to be human. I hope to find out the answers to these questions by
analysing different aspects of the film such as camera angle, tone and
The film is based upon Philip. K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep? The film also poses a question: Is Deckard a replicant? And as
with all the things in the future I must discover this myself.
I believe Ridley Scott made this film is because he wanted to make his
own version of the book that he enjoyed so much.
The scenes I will be studying are: Eye on the City, Leon's emotional
response, Chew's Visitors, The prodigal son brings death and The Roof.
All these scenes I have studied in great detail and with my knowledge
of them I should be able to answer the task at hand.
The start of the film, Eye on the City, opens with a text roll
explaining the background of the film and what has happened so far.
After the roll the film cuts to a wide screen pan of LA, 2019. This
view shows Earth in psychological and physical...