The film Blade Runner was definitely one of the more interesting movies of this semester, despite it being a movie of the film noir genre. It most definitely fell under the film noir genre though, which was proven through the many downfalls of each character throughout the movie. The first victim was Rachel, whom, although she ends up living to see the end of the movie, found out that she was a replicant and that all of her beloved memories were implanted into her brain. Another character who held true to the cliché that no good deed goes unpunished was Sebastian. He helped Pris, who seemed to be a hooker but was actually a replicant. This resulted in him watching a man’s skull crushed until he died and then was killed himself by Pris’s other replicant friend Roy. The audience does not have to feel sorry for Sebastian too long as Pris is soon avenged by the blade runner himself, Deckard. No one can catch a break though – soon after Pris’s death Deckard has his fingers broken and is fearfully chased down by Roy. The fight ends when Roy dies as replicants are only allowed four years to live. The idea spoken by Tyrell, the creator of the replicants, which made this life-span justifiable, was that “the candles that burn twice as bright burn half as long”. This can be applied to real life as well although it is a rather depressing way to think.
This movie was very cynical and melodramatic with every scene bringing a new sort of dismay to the characters in it. However, the futuristic setting and complexity of the plot made it very interesting and enjoyable to watch. I definitely think that iRobot was based off of this movie because there were a lot of similarities with the story line and the setting.