Bladerunner immediately reminded me of the city of Coruscant in Star Wars Attack of the Clones. The setting was almost identical, with the tall, geometric buildings with lots of lights, the flying vehicles, and the crowded city. After watching Blade Runner I realized how influential it was on many sci-fi and film noir movies.
The lighting of this film is very characteristic of a film noir movie. All of the lighting in this movie is low-key. This plays up contrast and accentuates shadows. The shadows were very dramatic, and you could even see the shadows of window blinds or other objects on the character’s faces. Most of the settings were very dark, with most of the lights coming from windows or buildings. The dark setting makes the film seem more mysterious and unpredictable, which contributes to the aspects of a film noir.
The music of this film contributed more to the sci-fi aspect of the film. Much of the sound was extra-diegetic and reflected the style of 80’s music when the movie came out. The music was often very loud and dramatic, which, paired with a thrilling action scene or mysterious scene, heightens emotion and makes the moment more suspenseful. Sometimes the extra-digetic music would overlap with the diegetic music. For instance, when Rachael is at Deckard’s apartment, she starts playing the piano, and then extra-diegetic music plays at the same time. The sound is this film contributed to the aspects of both sci-fi and film noir.
One aspect of the film that stood out to me was the rain. It seemed to rain a lot throughout this film. The rain gives the film a more ominous, gloomy feel and is also used as a foreshadowing mechanism. Typically, we know something bad or suspenseful is about to happen if it is raining.