preview

Inhumanity In The Blade Runner By Hampton Fincher And Humans

Decent Essays
Blade Runner, the classic sci-fi noir movie by Hampton Fincher and David Peoples, is a futuristic perspective on slavery, humanity, and the rights of thinking beings. In the movie, Deckard, a blade runner and the main character of the story, hunts down Nexus 6 replicants: androids imposed with superhuman strength and nearly human intelligence who have gone rogue (2, 10). These androids are given a four-year lifespan to prevent them from developing human emotions which way throughout the movie to further complicate the balance between androids and humans (6). Throughout the movie, the line between humanity and inhumanity becomes thinner and better, causing problems for Deckard and Tyrell Corporation. In its entirety, Blade Runner is attempting to get the audience to decide whether replicants deserve the same freedom and rights as humans. To help the audience in their decision, the movie proved information about the supposedly "inhumane" replicants and their human creators.

In one of Deckard's first confrontations with a replicant in the movie, the replicant, Leon, refers to himself and the other replicants as "slaves", and they are not wrong (60). Similarly, to the n-word used during the times of slavery, Replicants are referred to as "skin jobs", a seemingly derogatory term. Despite their similarities to humans, they are still looked down upon and regarded by the word above (12). The Blade Runners themselves are very similar to the slave catchers of the early United
    Get Access