Movie Review : Blade Runner

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At first glance, the film, "Blade Runner," appears to be just another science fiction film featuring alien beings. However, deeper study and contemplation reveals a myriad of important semiotic and cultural nuances that unveil a great deal about our society and us.Ridley Scott's 1982 film, "Blade Runner" takes place in the year 2019 in Los Angeles. The "alien of choice" in this film is the replicant. Created by man in human form, the replicant, while actually more perfect that a human, is designed to die in exactly four years from the date of its creation. Replicants were produced to serve as slaves in cosmic "off-worlds." In an attempt to counteract their oppression and increase their life span, a group of replicants stole a spaceship and returned to earth where they proceeded to kill many humans and search for their maker. Because of the murder of humans, the replicants were banned from earth and any that were identified were to be killed or "retired" as quoted in the film. Identifying the replicant was indeed a daunting task, because replicants so closely resembled humans. Thus, one is forced to consider what makes a human actually human, as opposed to a replicant, which is considered a non-human? In the movie, the mission was accomplished via a test designed to detect changes in eye movement. In real life, one cannot help but wonder if our society may be actually illogically analyzing individuals for alienness versus humanness based upon a set or rules; or perhaps religious belief, hatred or fear? Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz' work, "Semiotics And Communications: Signs, Codes, Cultures" is an excellent resource for understanding both the practical and less practical functions of semiotics and the study of semiotic behavior. This was helpful in terms of understanding the nuances interrelated with this film. "In each case, whether it be a traffic signal or poetic imagery, something (the sign) conveys meaning-meaning that would not otherwise be obvious, or that we could not otherwise present in such a condensed form" (1). This was clearly evident in the film. The most remarkable sign was the release of a white dove by a replicant, as he said, "It's time to die." White doves are a traditional symbol of peace. This is especially telling because, up until that very moment, which was near the end of the movie, the replicants behaved more like hawks, a symbol that is traditionally associated with aggressive action.Throughout the film, the replicants actively and aggressively tried to circumvent their predetermined death date through any and all means. Included was a visit to...

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