The Film Blade Runner By Ridley Scott Essay

2379 Words Nov 5th, 2016 10 Pages
Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is an endlessly fascinating film to dissect. The film while not popular upon it’s initial release has grown a huge following over the years and has captured the minds of filmmakers, students and scholars alike. Even Sir Ridley Scott himself couldn’t stay away from his film as over the last thirty years he has tinkered with and fine tuned his film into what is now known as “The Final Cut”. The 1982 theatrical cut of the film and the subsequent 2007 release of Scott’s “Final Cut” are two very different films that both in their own way explore and conform to many different genres. Blade Runner has been categorized as a multitude of genres: “Blade Runner is not solely a science fiction film; instead it appropriates elements from a number of genres including science fiction, detective drama, horror, and film noir...” (p 38, Gravett). It is difficult to single out the films genre, but there is a multitude of evidence to support one key genre. Sir Ridley Scott’s film is ultimately a neo noir or what is known as new noir. The film is clearly influenced by the films that established the tropes of the film noir genre, but it was also very influential to such neo noir films as Alex Proyas Dark City (1998), Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys (1995) and James Cameron’s 1984 film The Terminator. To back up this thesis the paper will examine four main pieces of the genre and how both the theatrical and final cuts contain elements of film noir and how both cuts…

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