Blade Runner, Scott, and a light ending

Blade Runner does a very good job of sticking to its genre “film noir,” although as discussed in class, this genre is still under debate. Film noir films usually have a dark, unsettling feel to them. It attracts its viewers (or at least me) through its mysterious, eerie mise- en-scene which emphasize the dark mood and tonality of the film.

In Blade Runner we notice the constant rain fall on the city, day and night (even though the two are highly undistinguishable), along with low key lighting given by the dark rain filled clouds (or maybe heavy pollution?). These two elements within the film play into the sense of hopelessness the viewer picks up as the movie plays. In the movie, Deckard is searched upon by the police force to hunt and destroy replicants who have diverged from their intended purpose and come to earth seeking more than just the “life” they were designed to live. Most of the film if not all of it, no characters are given more importance than others through means of angles or lighting. I believe this adds on to the unsettling feeling of being ambiguous as to who to root for.

Although that may sound confusing think about it this way. Who really is the bad guy? Or good guy? Deckard for shooting and killing these robots who have caused harm upon human beings and disobeying their orders? Tyrell for creating these robots with extraordinary power to conduct operations impossible by a single human being? Or the robot itself, for being built “more human than human” and wondering how to expand its life span and completely mirror its creator, a human being. I believe the answer is NO. No, none of them are good or bad.

Scott does a wonderful job by using this genre to portray the inevitable end of any life-form, death. The fatalistic theme in the film beautifully portrays the characters illumination that everything has an end.

But to end on a lighter note, you would think after all those years, Coca-Cola would have changed its logo. Now thats a classic.


2 thoughts on “Blade Runner, Scott, and a light ending

  1. I find it very interesting and thought provoking that you bring up that there is no good or bad guy in this movie. The overall message of the movie, which you pointed out, also fits into film noir perfectly. Eventually, death will take us all in some way shape or form. Even the things humans think will never end, technology which was represented by the replicants, will eventually die out. This theme of the movie was expressed through dialogue, the life span of the replicants and the multiple deaths that occur throughout the film. It is indeed, emphasized by the mood set by the dark lighting and constant rain. The city gives it a futuristic feel while also giving an excuse to add all of the pollution and neon lights to the scene. I agree that while the movie does portray a sense of hopelessness, the mystery and darkness of it is intriguing.

  2. I also think there is controversy regarding if Deckard was a good guy or bad guy. Personally, I thought that he played the bad guy because killing anyone, even replicants is horrible. However, in the scope of the plot of the movie, he was trained to believe that replicants are a threat and he had to kill them no matter what. The heroine in the movie doesn’t always do the right thing every time.
    I also think that the darkness and constant rain made the film more mysterious and also depressing, and contributed to the emotion of the movie and how Deckard’s job is to hunt down and kill replicants. I was always confused about what time of day it was, for it always seemed to be dark and rainy all the time. This movie definitely distorts time, and the time seemed to be of little importance in the film.

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