Blade Runner Essay
Topic: Who is the hero of this film? Is Deckard on a hero quest or simply doing his job? Is Batty a hero?
| Aubrey Andrews 10H
In 1982 Blade Runner, an American science fiction film was released. It was directed by Ridley Scott, and starred; Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. It was based loosely on the novel “Do Androuds Dream of Electric Sheep?” By Phillip K. Dick. The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. The film shows an anti-utopian Los Angeles in November 2019, where genetically engineered beings called replicants, who look exactly like humans, are manufactured by the Tyrell Corporation. Over time, they have been banned from Earth and they are only used for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who ignore the ban and return to earth are retired by police assassins who are also known as “Blade Runners”. The plot focuses on a brutal group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly takes on one more assignment.
The meaning of hero is mainly known as either of these:
1. A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. 2. A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child. 3. The principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
In Blade Runner, number 3 is obviously Deckard, as the film follows his story. But numbers 1 and 2 question this. Although Deckard can be viewed as hero, Roy Batty could also fill this role.
Roy Batty is the leader of the renegade Nexus-6 replicants. He is a combat model replicant, used for off-world military service. He is the “prodigal son” of Eldon Tyrell, Roy comes to Earth seeking his father, to ask for longer like, and then to ask forgiveness....
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