A Movie That Questions Humanity

By Amanda Pape and Megan Malewich


The Blade Runner is considered to be one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time. The movie depicts Los Angeles in 2019 in a dystopian state. “Replicants”, robots that are basically indistinguishable from humans, have disobeyed the command to stay away from Earth. Blade Runners, retired special police officers, must track these outlaws down.

The Nation Film Registry has marked this movie as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film has taken great lengths to intertwine questions concerning humanity, ethics, and technology in our world. Replicants make the viewer question what it really means to be a human. Uncertainty and doubt are major themes throughout the movie. The Replicants showing sympathy make the viewer question if empathy and similar feelings are solely human emotions, and if that is the only thing that distinguishes a human being from a robot. The movie is also significant because it shows the relationship between a fictional world and the factual world. “THE BLADE RUNNER EXPERIENCE: THE LEGACY OF A SCIENCE FICTION CLASSIC” by Will Brooker points out that fiction, especially with this movie, affects how people perceive the real world.


This 1982 movie took great lengths to depict a very advanced world. It is far more advance than what we believe the world will be like in four years. Though we have expanded greatly in technology over the years this movie reaches too far in advances in technology. The movie also makes the viewer question how far we should go in advancing technology. This could add to the critical acclaim within science fiction circles to the film.

In final analysis, the movie is an interesting and relevant piece that makes the view question what it means to be human.


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