Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★

"You've done a man's job, sir."

Blade Runner simply tries to ask its audience one thing. And it is what it means to be human. To be honest, I did feel like I was going to sleep in the first half of the film simply because we kept following Deckard. Instead, what I really wanted to see was the perspective of the replicants and what they had to go through. As the film went on though, I started to see the importance of each aspect of the film and the ending surely cements this as a classic. I did feel uncomfortable watching that sexual assault scene (I don't really know if that was a true choice of the filmmaker or it was what passed as being bold or sexy in 1982). Besides that, the visuals and cinematography were amazing. I also really liked the imagery of Christianity with the nail on the hand and the dove signifying Batty’s idea of himself.

That monologue though of Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty still permeates through me each time I hear it. His words do not seem to be platitudinous, however, it shows some irony towards the fact that Batty, despite being a replicant himself, is the one who shows dignity and empathy towards another person (or replicant?). So in a way that ending exposes the horrid nature of human beings because if the replicant is the one showing this goodness, then can a true person evoke the same nature. As evidenced throughout the film, it is humans who create those replicants so they can be slaves. And I noticed that everyone seems to be like zombies showing no empathy in this idea of the future (which is basically our present). 

By the end, the viewer is just left to wonder, am I really human? How can we tell? And are we just going to be tears in rain?

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