What Makes Blade Runner Radical Essay

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Throughout the semester we’ve dealt with many theories but the one that stands out the most is the idea of: feminism, the role of women as the other, and the concept of what is radical. When dealing with the idea of feminism and the role as the other, no other film besides Blade Runner epitomizes those concepts better. In 1982, Ridley Scott released the film Blade Runner and since then it has become the pinnacle on which all science fiction and film noir films are judged by. To those who have not seen the film Blade Runner, the film takes place in the year 2019 in a cyberpunk, Los Angeles where advances in technology has created a series of biologically-engineered humanoids called “replicants” manufactured by the Tyrell Corporation. Following a violent revolution by the replicants off world, Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to “retire” several escaped replicants who have made their way to Earth in hopes of extending their 4-year lifespan. As the film progresses, Rick Deckard hunts down and retires the escaped replicants and eventually left questioning his identity and his conception of humanity. What makes Blade Runner so radical, is the fact that the film challenges the audience’s conception of humanity. Who is more human in the film; the replicants or the people who claim that they are humans? The film challenges previous notions of portraying humanity by giving humanity, in a sense, to the replicants who are most definitely not human. That’s a bold claim, proclaiming that the film portrays the replicants as more human than the actual humans themselves but it is supported by the way the collection of the characters interact in the film. In the film, the replicants may be lacking empathy but that does not mean they also lack emotion. The replicants are consistently showing compassion and the ability to care for one another and in contrast,

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