Friday, June 13, 2014

BLADE RUNNER - Then and Now Movie Blogfest

Do we change our perceptions of movies as we go through life? 

Then (1980s) and Now
June 13, 2014

Blade Runner

A near future dystopian story, this movie gave us a new kind of hero. At first, he's all business, then things start to change. Harrison Ford, as Rick Deckard is the retired special operative of the police who is called back to track down Replicants on the run. Released in 1982, this film adaptation by director Ridley Scott is based on a 1968 novel by Philip K. Dick, called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Some Replicants defy the ban on returning to Earth, and are hunted down by police operatives called 'Blade Runners'. The setting is Los Angeles in the year 2019. Film-noir techniques are used, giving the story an ominous tone. Recommended.

The film raised idealogical questions:
-who has the right to decide how long we or other entities get to exist?
-should the 'fail-safe' of an expiry date be removed from artificial intelligence which interacts with humans?
-what are the consequences of the replicants living longer lives?


There is a suggestion woven into the movie that humans might not be adverse to robotic entities that look exactly like humans. The suggestion of hunting for rogue humanoid robots seems more likely now than it would have in 1982 when Blade Runner was released.

Blade Runner could represent our future, depending on the choices we make now and in the near future. They still had ethnic food takeout, but pollution had won out in the atmosphere. This film is a favorite.


Are you a fan of Blade Runner or have you seen the movie? Any thoughts on humanoid robots? Do you know about the Cephalopod Coffeehouse? Are you in the blogfest?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and thanks for dropping by! I'll respond.

Thanks to the four bloggers hosting this blogfest!   

The Armchair Squid, Suze, Nicki Elson and Nancy Mock. If you don't know these names, then please check those links, or the list at A. Squid's where you'll also find the other participants on this theme.

Tell us about a movie you loved when you were younger and have come to see differently over time - for better or for worse. Post on Friday, June 13th and check the list at any of the host links above. Anyone interested in joining the Cephalopod Coffeehouse,should drop by the Armchair Squid's for the June gathering on the 27th.  Details at the coffeehouse.

THE LIST to continue on to the other bloggers.
Original post for the blogfest: The Armchair Squid Wiki on the movie, Blade Runner