Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”

Blade Runner PosterThe 1982 film, Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, has become something of a cult phenomenon in subsequent years, with Warner Brothers releasing a digitally remastered version of the movie in 2007.  In Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, Decker, a retired police officer, who has been charged with tracking down three fugitive Replicants whom have made their way back to earth.  Replicants, genetically-engineered humans who are almost identical to normal humans, have been banned on Earth due to a long-ago Replicant uprising.  Human Replicants are used as exclusively on Earth’s off-world colonies.  As a fail-safe to prevent another uprising and keep the Human Replicants from developing emotions, they have extremely short life spans—in the case of the three Replicants that Decker is charged with “retiring” (aka killing), four years.  Replicants are not considered to be human.

The three fugitive Replicants have come back to Earth in order to convince their creators to extend their lifespans.  During the course of the film, Decker meets Rachel, an experimental Replicant who has been given implanted memories and believes herself to be human.  There is lingering controversy over whether Decker is a human or is himself a Replicant, an issue that the film very deliberately leaves up to the viewers.  Similar to Never Let Me Go, a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Blade Runner explores what, exactly, it means to be human, in addition to exploring some of the moral ambiguities and dilemmas that the progression of technology can create.

A Picture of Harrison Ford as Decker

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