Blade Runner Movie Review
What if Rick Deckard is a clone of someone else or a special replicant with no expiration date?
The soundtrack composed by Greek electronic composer Vangelis for Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is a melodic combination of classical composition and synthesizers which duplicates the futuristic film noir envisioned by Scott; this dark music sets the scene along with the darken sky and the long shot of the planet in the first scene.
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The symbolic nature of this film went unnoticed by many movie goers in 1982, the general public thought it was just a science fiction movie for entertainment value and adventure and it was a block buster. It was the first of many movies that explored the realm of fantasy and modernism. A world set in 2019, possibilities of clones and replicants, and the earth in a dystopian stage where everyone is leaving the earth. This dark setting and the motif American neo-noir science fiction film this film has become a Hollywood classic, that has an all-star cast of characters.
Within the film we find Voight-Kampff, “GOD”, the creator of replicants. J.F Sabastian who works with Voight-Kampff represents “Judas” and Rick Deckard “Jesus Christ” and the savior of the world from replicants the son of GOD.
Rick Deckard is the movie’s protagonist, but he’s kind of a puzzling guy, more so than many of the other characters such as J.F Sabastian who appears to be a simple man that is so alone he creates toys to have for friends or even Voight-Kampff who as the creator has very special agenda for the world. Gaff, another blade runner who has been sent to collect Deckard, taunts Rick with origami throughout the film, however the Origami is, at its most fundamental, an intricate fake. A representation of something in the form of a complex illusion and of imitation.
This movie has many fascinating interactions Deckard as the hero the protagonist, his job as a blade runner is to kill replicants, who are essentially runaway slaves. He has been taken to the Police headquarters by Gaff. They bring him in because they need help from Deckard to verify that Rachel is indeed a replicant. But why is Deckard needed? Perhaps your thoughts are the same one I had? Are Rick Deckard and his dreams fake and he too is a replicant?
The movie shows us close ups of the replicants eye ball and so we know that the eye is a very important way that a replicant can be vetted along with a series of questions. Deckard finds it difficult to determine if Rachel is a replicant. Rachel is beautiful, and Deckard is drawn in by her beauty but realizes she is different from other replicants but he’s not sure why.
The big shift for Deckard comes when he meets Rachael, a replicant with a particularly enhanced degree of humanity. When he gives her a Voight-Kampff test, which is designed to identify replicants, it takes far longer than usual to out her and she herself is unaware of her replicant status. This is because Dr. Tyrell has given her false memories taken from the mind of his niece.
There are many hints along the way that Deckard himself maybe a replicant and you ask yourself what if you were a clone of someone else? Deckard is finding this thought to be challenging; when Rachel comes to his apartment presenting pictures and saying she has memories. He shuts her down by stating those are someone else’s memories that had been implanted to make her more human.
Deckard is a little deeper than that, too: he starts to fall in love with a replicant, Rachael, and he becomes obviously ambivalent about his job. In fact, Deckard himself might be a replicant in the “Director’s Cut” and the “Final Cut”a weird, brief dream sequence ensues; Deckard sees a unicorn running through a forest. Later, Gaff, leaves a silver origami unicorn in Deckard’s home indicating that Gaff knows the content of Deckard’s dreams!
While watching the movie we focus on the character Rachel and how she held onto pictures as reminders of their fake past which suggests that these dreams might actually be implants.
Would you still really be “you”?
In the director’s cut and the Final Cut scene there is a weird dream sequence ensues: Deckard sees a unicorn running through a forest. The statement from Gaff: “It’s too bad she won’t live, but then again who does”? The origami unicorn was left for Deckard to find by Gaff the 1992 Director’s Cut, it implies that Gaff knew about Deckard’s unicorn dream earlier in the film; further implying that Deckard is a replicant, and that Gaff knew about Deckard’s dream because it was an implanted memory. Deckard now must evaluate the statement the origami unicorn would I have ever known I was a replicant?
If you have become aware of the fact that you are a clone or a replicant and your memories are fake or false as it is shown in the movie we learn that Rachel could be reprogramed to love to have a sexual relationship. New memories could be made. I believe you would just be more of who and what you are, and the enhancement would be you. Deckard was not human but believes that he is right to the very end and he believes that he and Rachel may die. Going back to philosophy, Cogito Descartes” I think there for I am”.