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Blade Runner: A Screenplay Analysis

Posted by Jennine Lanouette on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Blade Runner Film

Five years after Star Wars ushered in the era of the hero’s journey meta-narrative, Blade Runner came along to remind us that grand narrative is not the only way to have cultural impact. Director Ridley Scott intentionally set out to invert Hollywood story values by making, in his words, “a 700-layer cake.” True to his promise, this multi-cultural, juxtapositional pastiche both adheres to story convention and goes against it, while continually subverting our expectations for what a detective thriller should be. Nonetheless, the film has a definite narrative. Two narratives in fact. One is a detective story, which goes nowhere. The other is a human vs. robot story which only opens more and more questions as it progresses: Who are the humans and who are the replicants? Could blade runner Rick Deckard actually be a replicant? Maybe he’s a human who has more in common with replicants because the replicants have become more human than the humans, and the humans are becoming more like robots. All this against a visual backdrop that seems to say, “Beware that we become too separated from nature, lest we become divorced from our humanity.”

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