Blade Runner Theme Essay

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The World of Blade Runner: The Multi-Themed Masterpiece Throughout the history of cinema, films have had hidden messages hidden within them. Everything in films is deliberate. Everything one sees on screen is there for a purpose. The film Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) is no different. Blade Runner is loosely based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Phillip K. Dick. Phillip K. Dick was born on December 16th, 1968 along with his twin sister, Jane. She died a little over five weeks later and had haunted him all his life. His short stories and novels often featured phantom twins, alter egos, doppelgangers, and kindred spirits. Ridley Scott, the director of the film adaptation of Dick’s novel, does a very good job at bringing…show more content…
The Voight-Kampf tests are used to spot replicants by observing their iris and pupils closely. These tests are not only used to look into ones’ eyes also scrutinizes them harshly. The eyes of a person are thought to be like windows into ones’ soul. Many of the shots within Blade Runner contains close up images on an actor’s face or their eyes. The gift of sight comes the ability to recognize, which is a crucial step in creating an identity. If someone recognizes themselves, then one see themselves which important in understanding who one is. This issue of identity is Rick Deckard’s, the main protagonist, central struggle in the film. His inner conflict comes from the gradual breakdown of the only identity he has ever had as a blade runner. His inner struggle causes him to do things he would not do prior to the events of the movie. The way the movie is captured show this perfectly. After the scene where he tells Rachel, a known replicant, that she is in fact a replicant, you see him begin to loathe himself and begin to try and solve those inner conflicts with drinking. A lot of this is due to Harrison Ford’s performance as Deckard, but the lighting, environment, and the shots themselves are what show this inner conflict and Deckard’s inner

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