By, Ryan O’Leary and Bailey Myers
The 1982 movie, Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, takes place in a dystopian society in the very “futuristic,” year of 2019. Although that’s only four years from the this year, there are some pretty serious technological advancements that don’t seem to be in coming in the near future. Ford is a washed out blade runner, a special kind of police officer that hunts down replicants. Replicants are genetically enhanced super humans that are created by “mega-corporations,” around the world.
I thought it was very interesting the way that the movie interpreted what would be 37 years into the future. As usual, the writers were way too ambitious with the technology and society in the future. Now that we are only 4 years from that point it seems like the movie was completely off.
This movie tackles the classic issue of problems in technology going too far. Is it possible that we may be able to genetically modify a human to make them smarter and more powerful? maybe someday, but not any day soon. I believe this movie is attempting to warn society of a few things. First, we should be careful what we do with our continuous technological advances, and second, we should not discriminate or hate those who may be smarter or more advanced then us. It is important to treat everyone equally.
This movie was received skeptically at first by critics, but over the years it has been called one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. The movie initially didn’t succeed in North America, but gained a cult following overtime. Ridley Scott’s use of visual graphics were seen as a break through during that time period. It has even inspired many video games and movies since.