Blade Runner notes

Some of you are looking at Blade Runner and I am adding notes to moodle. Here is a little information to get you started.

Ridley Scott’s grim and gritty film Blade Runner, was based very loosely on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the film as it was originally released, Rick Deckard is a ‘Blade Runner’ a special member of the L.A police department who is employed to hunt down and “retire” replicants (genetically manufactured humans). Since they were declared illegal on Earth, it is up to the Blade Runners to “retire” any that find their way to Earth. At the beginning of the film, Deckard is called out of retirement after a group of six replicants hijack a shuttle to Earth, intending to pass themselves off as normal humans. Deckard is reluctant to resume work, but is told he has no choice and must use some of “the old Blade Runner magic” to succeed. He follows the model of a film noir detective, mixing the pursuit of clues and interviews with suspects with brutal violence.

Deckard is a loner, an angst-ridden killer who has started to identify more with the androids he’s hunting down than the humans he’s supposedly protecting. During his hunt, there is evidence to suggest he might be a replicant himself. At the end, he is attempting to flee the city with the replicant, Rachel, towards an uncertain future.

There is sooooo much information on the film but be careful that you know what version is being discussed. There is the original with tacked on happy ending (where did all that sunlight come from?), the director’s cut that has no voice-over and a more ambiguous ending and the final cut. And to avoid anymore confusion yes, Deckard is a replicant.


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