Bladerunner

Topics: Blade Runner, Replicant, Tyrell Corporation Pages: 6 (1192 words) Published: November 19, 2013
“Bladerunner”
Red contrasts against black background
Non-diegetic music is inharmonious – makes the audience uncomfortable LA 2019 – very near future – makes the audience uncomfortable Opening shot – long shot of the city
Establishes futuristic setting
Fire shooting into the sky
Voight-Kampff test questions are about nature
“It’s a test designed to provoke an emotional response” Nature is a true test of humanity
Non-diegetic heart beat
Large advertising screens
“A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies, the change to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure” Humanity has had to abandon earth due to
Pollution
Overpopulation
Represent concerns of the time
Asian lady on the advertising screen and the Asian street vendors Shows concerns of the time
Asianisation
Industrialisation
Police headquarters – first origami figure (chicken)
Replaying of Leon’s VK test
Provides a way for Scott to establish context of the film
Positions the audience to dislike the replicants
Portrayed as malicious and violent
Scientific jargon – increases authenticity
Leon’s apartment – second origami figure (man)
Eye laboratory
Extreme conditions – cold
Reflects environments in Frankenstein
Leon sticks his hand in liquid nitrogen – shows they are replicants “If only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes”
Detective element – Deckard tracking down the snake skin
Rachel at Deckard’s apartment
“Implants. Those aren’t your memories, they’re someone else’s. They’re Tyrell’s nieces” Modern features, but rundown
Degradation of the city
Constant rain
Extreme condition – reflects Frankenstein
Environmental damage – nature crying
Dark lighting penetrated by beams of light
Motifs
Fans – constant beat of the city
Unicorn dream – 3rd clue
Detective element – follows lead of the snake scale to Zhora “Miss Salome and the snake”
Allusion to the serpent
Same as Frankenstein
Poses from “The American Federation of Variety Artists”
“You know that VK test of yours? Did you ever take that test yourself?” Rachel makes Deckard question his past
What makes us human – similar to Frankenstein
Deckard has many photos on his piano – building his memories? Rachel’s piano playing juxtaposes previous synthesised music “Cause you’re so different, you’re so perfect”
Juxtaposes Frankenstein
Monster – different because he is ugly
Scientific jargon
“EMS recombination”
Increases authenticity
“Come on Deckard, show me what you’re made of”
Clue that he is a replicant
Qualities
“Go to hell or go to heaven”
“That was irrational”
Deckard trying to kill Roy / save himself
Ruled by passion not reason

Humanity vs. monstrosity
“I’ve got four skin jobs walking the streets”
Name calling dehumanises them
Tone – serious
Shows it is an embarrassment
“Have you ever retired a human by mistake?”
Replicants threaten Chew
Pris manipulates J.F. Sebastian to let her into his apartment Plays on his humanity
Poses as hungry and lost
He takes pity on her and lets her in
“Are you for real?” – Zhora to Deckard
Deckard aims to take a shot at Zhora – doesn’t because she is among innocent civilians “Move! Get out the way!” Contrasts with the death of Zhora
Slow motion
Evocative music
Heartbeat in the background
Smashing through the glass
“Move on” – autonomous machine voice – dehumanises death “Wake up, time to die” – Leon avenging Zhora’s death “Would you come after me?” “No, no I wouldn’t, I owe you one” Rachel saves Deckard’s life from Leon

Repays her
Violent with Rachel, but wants to love her
“I couldn’t pass the medical”
Can't go to the off world colony
Discriminate on basis of qualities
“Leon… there’s only two of us now”
Facial expression – Roy is visibly upset at the death of his friend More emotion than killers
“I think Sebastian, therefore I am” – thoughts are a measure of humanity “We need you Sebastian, you’re our best and only friend” Human need for companionship
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