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.