Ridley Scott's Blade Runner Essay

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Ridley Scott's Blade Runner

In 1982 Ridley Scott’s movie “Blade Runner” was quietly released and received mixed reviews7. As time passed the movie’s fan base expanded and today, many consider it to be one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. Numerous people consider it Harrison Ford’s greatest acting role, which, considering the competition consisting of Han Solo and Indiana Jones, is no small feat. Originally, critics missed or were confused by the philosophical questions the movie posed but as more people saw it, the movie’s brilliance was gradually realized. The questions Blade Runner posed about the future of computer intelligence were far ahead of their time. A major issue of the movie is that, if AI ever became
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After four replicants escape slavery on an off-world colony and kill Deckard’s replacement when he investigates their attempted break-in of Tyrell Corporation headquarters, the chief of police forces Deckard out of retirement to ‘solve the problem’.

To understand why these replicants wanted to break into Tyrell Corporation it is necessary to explain the structure and creation of replicants. Replicants are similar in appearance to humans in every conceivable way. However, they are stronger both mentally and physically, also having superior reaction skills and the inability to feel pain. The structure of the replicant brain is very similar to the human brain. Replicants have above average intelligence and feel emotions in the same way that people do. They are all capable of love, hatred, anger, jealousy and remorse (all exhibited throughout the movie). To safeguard against the possibility of replicants replacing humans as the dominant species, Doctor Eldon Tyrell, head of Tyrell Corporation, programmed a precautionary 4-year lifespan into the replicant mind. The four replicants, acting as humans would, escape from the off world to seek their creator in hopes of finding a way to extend their lives.

Given Deckard’s removal from the profession for some time, Tyrell proposes bringing Deckard up to speed with technology by introducing him to Rachel, a replicant similar to the rogue replicants. Using a