Science fiction and film noir is combined in Blade Runner when talking about genre. Commonly in these films, there is the main character that is clearly good. Ford plays the character that is a policeman against the villains that are clearly bad. There is an apparent line drawn between the good and bad in this movie.
The science fiction element in this film is very evident as the movie opens with a background shot of the highly technological city. The villains are technological creations that were loose from the corporation. They were created as a technological means of advancement but the more advanced they are the more of a threat to are to humanity. Scifi films typically warn about creating human life, for example, I Robot is another scifi film. In metropolis, the robot was also a danger and serves as a warning for the limits of technology.
Film noir on the other hand holds characteristics such as having a policeman as the main character. It usually depicts a very high contrast, low key scene. The movie switched from having blue hues, to green tints, but it was all very dark either way. German expressionism was also evident in this film with its anti-realistic elements. The movie was hardly believable as a scifi movie and with its setting. Pris was drawn up so well, expressionism was used to highlight her reactions. As were the other characters, as close ups allowed for their full reactions.
The movie was very confusing, the end I could not get altogether. I also noticed that with scifi films that sometimes there is a distortion in time. Rachael was looking at the pictures of Rick’s family and they were black and white. We, in the future, have colored photos before we enter this future, therefore it was interesting to see that the film was made that long ago.