IGED Dystopian Fiction
3 March 2014
The film Blade Runner is based on the science fiction novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ written by Philip K. Dick (Abadzis). Blade Runner is set in the United States city of Los Angeles in the year 2019 where humans have discovered genetic engineering. Through this, they have found ways of manufacturing organic robots, which are replicates of humans. The manufacturing industries have grown to be the major industries all over the world. According to the film set, the human race has taken colony over other planets while the organic robots, which are called replicates, are created to work on those colony planets outside the world. However, the replicates that refuse to work and return to earth are tracked down and destroyed by special detectives called Blade Runners (Pontolio). What does it mean to be human?
In the film, humans assume the role of creators since through the new technology of genetic engineering; they are able to create the organic robots. According to the film, Genetic engineering has taken over as the major industry in the world where the human race takes over the roles of creators. They produce the artificial animals, who were extinct, as well as the artificial humans who they call replicates. However, this role has also led the human race to lose their humanity. This is manifested in the film by the way humans are treating the replicates, which is inhuman. Humans are the only ones allowed to be on earth while the replicates are supposed to work in faraway colonies located in other planets. They are treated as slaves to the humans, which can be viewed as a violation of their rights to be free. The humans set special detectives to track and eliminate the replicates that escape from the colony planets and return to earth. The film indicates that human race has lost its humanity because of the technology and...
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Pontolio, James. "Blade Runner." Myth and Meaning in Ridley Scott 's blade Runner 1.4 (1995): 8-20.
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