Blade Runner

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.

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2 thoughts on “Blade Runner

  1. I have to disagree with your comment that noir draws a black and white line between good and bad, unless of course you were referring to the sci-fi genre having that characteristic, in which case, I would tend to agree. Especially in Blade Runner, as many of our classmates have pointed out in their blog posts, the good and evil line is very blurry. Though we are told that the Relicants are super evil and are killing humans, we do not ever see a Replicant kill for no reason; they do not have the fearless brute attitude that the government describes them as having. In fact, Pris is fearful and somewhat timid at first, and Zhora is immediately distrustful of Deckard; this seems in contradiction to the Blade Runners’ ideas of Replicants. In truth, they seem to just be trying to escape enslavement by the humans by whatever means necessary. Would we not do the same if we found ourselves bred for the sole purpose of providing slave labor for another group of people? And yet, on the flip side, if the human race were threatened to be overthrown by a more intelligent, advanced group of people, would we not try to defend ourselves and our homes? Thus is the great debate of this film: who is really evil and who is really good? In my opinion, it’s more relative and objective than obvious and clear.

  2. I agree with rlehenaff . I was about to comment the exact same thing.

    I think the line between good and “evil” in this movie is very blurry. To me it seems as though there is no good or evil. Everyone is just doing what they think is right. Deckard is trying to do his job of stopping the escaped slaves (Replicants), and the Replicants are just trying to be free (as is their right—remember, this IS America.. and these slaves have a right to freedom, do they not? Hint: 13th Amendment).

    The fact that slaves even exist in this movie is a testament to the moral decay of society. To me it seems as though if there is “evil” in this film, it is most definitely society that is evil—NOT the Replicants.

    But that’s just my view. I would love to know why you think the slaves are the evil ones.

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