Movie Analysis: Blade Runner

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Blade Runner: Cops and Monsters

After thoughtful consideration and research, I can call Blade Runner a [year] masterpiece. The movie definitely sets itself apart from other films of the time not only because of its particular story and eccentric characters, but also because it aligns in its composition two distinctive types of genre, Science Fiction and Film Noir. After watching the movie and discussing it in class, what caught my attention about the film was the fact that its composition and development merges elements from two different genres without complication. In the movie, Ridley Scott introduced visual elements that not only complied with the film noir genre but also embraced the sci-fi field. The fact that the director merged two
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Rachel’s physical appearance at the beginning of the film places her under the femme fatale category. Doll and Faller explain that “Rachel’s clothing identifies her with the spider women of film noir who attempt to destroy the hero.” (p. 93) The fact that she wears her hair up, and is often wearing jackets with padded shoulders, makes her suitable for the spider women role. However, this changes as the film progresses. Rachel suffers a physical and emotional transformation. Suddenly, she transitions “from a femme fatale, a Fallen Woman, into a symbol of the Virgin who helps Deckard achieve redemption.” (Desser, p. 178). This transition complies with the view that “the female protagonist is often a source of redemption and hope for the film noir hero, and such is the case with Racheal and Deckard.” (Brammer, p. 101). Doll and Faller agree with this statement by assuring that “Rachel ultimately saved Deckard both physically and spiritually” (p. 93). In the …show more content…
Reading the various analysis multiple genres associated with the forced me to change my initial perception of the movie. Even though the film certainly employs a noir visual style and narrative, this does not overshadow the noticeable elements of science fiction such as the conflict between humans and replicants. The comparisons drawn between Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and the replicants, helps me fully visualize how struggling to survive, loosing life, and resenting human beings are important themes in the science fiction genre. Now that I get to understand the film from multiple perspectives, I realize that the different genres embedded in it are necessary in order to draw philosophical conclusion about morality, religion, and the soul. When examined separately, each of these topics can be analyzed based on the different genres present in the

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