Futuristic Fantasies



Film analysis, thoughts and reflection.




This morning I was watching the Ridley Scott film “Bladerunner.” This is, I would say a dystopian future science fiction film. It stars Harrison Ford as a “Bladerunner,” who is forced to continue his job as a Replicant Hunter, by his boss (M. Emmet Walsh). He is assigned to kill four replicants who have made their way back to Earth. Before he starts his expedition, he goes to the Tyrell Corporation to discover a Replicant girl, whom he eventually falls in love with (sorry for the spoiler). Ridley Scott has been quoted as saying this is his most complete film. Now don’t get out your pitchforks, I haven’t seen “Alien” before, but I eventually will, along with “Hannibal.” I’ve seen most of his films though and I can agree with him. This is such a quirky world, a world that is mix matches all the cultures, combining basically any abstract idea ever and making it a reality. Some of the dialogue seems ridiculous at first hearing, but when you incorporate the ideas of this creative world it makes perfect sense. The film takes you on a journey much like Hamlet does in that, you have to discover for yourself what is real and what is artificial, what is madness and what is reality. The characters are discovering themselves along with us as well, that’s what makes us so great.

The somber, mysterious tone that correlates ever so elegantly with the story line, is contributed by the score, costume design, editing, and the color. I wonder if Scott wanted all the actors to perspire throughout the filming of the movie. It does contribute to the mood as well for me. This movie can go to some crazy places to test its own reality. It plays with sexuality, vision, emotion, corporation. This film is just amazing, simply put.

I started to think about the ideas of the film. The fact that it played with the idea of emotion. In a world now that relies heavily on emotion, to market ideas, to sell ideas, it made the idea of a future that disposes of emotion that much more abstract. Harrison Ford’s character is forced to murder people. Even though these replicants aren’t look upon as people, he sees life in them. These replicants have emotion. Life is emotion, light and darkness breeds feeling. You care about his character the most because he notices this, and he discovers his own.

I also find it strange that in this movie there seems to display so much construction, limitations in this society (if you would even call it that) in that they had a strict system, yet there was so much chaos. This I believe stemmed from the human emotion, that was riddled in this world, that was hidden within all the characters, it was just more susceptible to some. In this world they were scared of change, scared of what is different. I think this is a theme in our reality as well. The crazy now go insane. They rebel from societys’ mantra. One of the characters in this film tells Harrison Ford’s character that it’s quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? It makes you a slave. (Along those lines). This man who said that, saved Ford from falling from a building. This marveled him. He found it inquisitive to experience a man like this. A man who is dying, who living out his last breath, rescue a man from what could be his. Maybe he wanted Ford to experience the ultimate emotion that enslaved him, that dwelled in his soul, the one that drove his life, before he saved him. Maybe he wanted to show Ford his life. Show him compassion, show his vitality, and give someone a savior, one which he would to have loved to have in his life. A cop asks a rhetorical question right after that echoes the theme of this movie. He asks Ford to ask himself this: “it’s too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does?” This is referring to the replicants life for which he loves.

Ford takes a chance at the end of the film. To rescue the girl that he falls in love with from the fear of life. He gives her a second chance at life, one he had just experienced. He didn’t know how long he would have with her, but then again who does?

This question pounded at my soul. It’s a question that really takes courage, because the question encompasses fear. We are afraid of the unknown and what I enjoy greatly about this film, is that it’s not afraid to ask the questions, the characters are.

What we can learn about this film is that we can be willing to ask the questions. We can be able to take a chance. Life is art and we have the palette, we have the brush. We are capable of painting a glorious picture. Society might want us to dab a simple black and white complexion onto the sculpture. Maybe they want the portrait to be horizontal. What we have to figure out, which I still am learning, is that we are capable of choice. We can turn the painting any which way. We can use any color of our choosing.  Vitality rests in choice and taking a chance on it. Don’t be afraid to act. Don’t be afriad to embark on a feeling, to rebel against common nature. Be you.

Thank you for reading, as always.



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