Blade Runner Essay

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Genre hybridity is a mixture of different genres and defining differences between individual genres such as science fiction, romance, comedy, action etc. The following context will explain what genre hybridity is, the notion of genre hybridity with regard to Blade Runner (Scott, 1982), a brief summary of the film Blade Runner, what science fiction is and the extent of how the films blend of different genres damage its initial box office appeal. And thus begins Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s high-tech blend of a forties-style detective thriller with twenty-first century science fiction. (Sammon, 1996:2) Paul Sammon introduces Blade Runner from the book The Making of Blade Runner. The quote above describes the genre and style of the film. The film is based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip. K. Dick. Blade Runner is a ‘detective thriller’ where Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a film noir style policeman. He has been called out of retirement and his job is to terminate four of the NEXUS-6 replicants. The replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) are banned from Earth and are hiding in Los Angeles. Deckard has feelings for Rachael and refuses to terminate her and they leave to an uncertain future. Blade Runner contains many of the genres such as science fiction, action, thriller and romance. Science fiction is a broad genre of fiction that often involves assumptions based on present or future technology. Blade Runner is largely a science fiction thriller genre of contemporary film as it contains futuristic flying machines called Spinner vehicles and future technology. It is also science fiction as it contains a setting in the future for example the location of the film in a dystopic Los Angeles, November 2019. The romantic element is the scene of Deckard and Rachael passionately kissing (the human and the replicant). Action is another

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