Preview
Click here for more Narrative Essays
Preview

Blade Runner Changed My Life Essay

No Works Cited
Length: 1238 words (3.5 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Purple      
Open Document
Need writing help? Check your paper »



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -



Blade Runner Changed my Life

 

Sitting in the New Yorker Theater on 88th street and Broadway, having been intrigued and fascinated by the long-running previews, I saw Blade Runner for the first time. I was just out of eighth grade, about to move on to high school, and trying to hold on to a middle-school friendship with a girl named Angela. We'd met to see Ridley Scott's new movie with Harrison Ford. Earlier in the summer, I'd seen 70mm booming previews in the giant Loews' Theaters around Manhattan. My head was still filled with dark-skied images of a dark urban future mixed with muted 1940's radio music. Harrison Ford was a hard-boiled detective in an ever-raining city, dwarfed by several-hundred-story spacescrapers and color TV billboards, with musical accompaniment by the Ink Spots.

 

I thought the film was quite a failure. There were several voiceovers and explanations in dialogue that insulted the viewers' intelligence, and a few last-minute, fear-driven decisions to lighten the touch and the message of the story. Visually, it was a masterpiece, but I would not have been drawn back to the film by its cinematography alone.

 

Although my grades at the time were still in their pre-highschool mediocrity, and I had only just started that year to read books for pleasure, I was beginning to fancy myself a young intellectual of sorts. I'd grown up assuming my family had money and was just keeping it from me. I had only ever had one torn blazer to wear to school with my plastic clip-on tie and sneakers, but how many kids have the good fortune to attend private school in the first place? I resented not having the money for better clothes, but didn't think I was poor. The five dollars I could never get f...


... middle of paper ...


.... The voice-overs and last-minute explanations I've come to ignore, and I watch the film with a nostalgic fondness and respect. Its strongest effect upon me was certainly philosophical, but I can see other influences as well. My general aesthetic is high-tech, dark and ominous.

 

I've come to think of the anachronistic, multi-cultural and sensuous, post-Information Age world of Ridley Scott and Cyberpunk as a rich playground for the imagination. Granted, this may all seem old-hat and backwards to my 21st-century students when I finally become a professor in a liberal philosophy department somewhere, but I'll keep my finger on the pulse of future philosophy and questions of mind and sentience, long after the science fiction scenarios of my youth have either become the familiar background of a new generation or the cynical prophecy of a past century.

 


Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »







This essay is 100% guaranteed.


Title Length Color Rating  
Analysis of the Use of Mise en Scene in Blade Runner Essay - Analysis of the Use of Mise en Scene in Blade Runner Early in the 21st century, the Tyrell Corporation, advanced robot evolution into the nexus phase - a being virtually identical to a human - known as a replicant. These replicants had superior strength and quality, they were used off-world as slave labour in a colonization of other planets....   [tags: Papers] 1262 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about Comparison of Original Blade Runner film and Directors Cut - Choosing a movie, do you take notice to whether it is a Director’s cut, the original version, or simply grab the chosen movie and pop it in taking no notice of which version is in hand. Is there even a difference. Because a director’s cut is simply a version of a movie with various cuts made by the director’s choosing, if watching both versions of Ridley Scott’s, “Blade Runner,” the subtle differences in several of the scenes will become apparent, although the scene layout and plot remains the same throughout both versions....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
:: 2 Works Cited
1949 words
(5.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Blade Runner and Descartes’ Theory Essay - In the film “Blade Runner”, replicants are made perfectly like human beings through a well-done ‘skin jobs’ and genetic engineered. They can demonstrate the abilities to perform and work like human: they can talk and they can also have feelings and emotions. These replicants are stronger, faster, and smarter than humans; however, they are only genetically programmed for a designated life span of four years. Replicants are created to use as a slave labor, which is used in “off-world colonization”....   [tags: Blade Runner, movies, Descartes,] 537 words
(1.5 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
An Ecofeminist Perspective of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner Essay - An Ecofeminist Perspective of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner The science fiction film, Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, first released in 1982 and loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,1 has continued to fascinate film viewers, theorists and critics for more than fifteen years. Writings include Judith B. Kerman's Retrofitting Blade Runner, a collection of academic essays;2 Paul M. Sammon's book on the making of the various versions of the film;3 and an extensive network of publications are available via the World-Wide Web.4 A student colleague has just seen the film for the eighteenth time....   [tags: Ridley Scott Blade Runner]
:: 12 Works Cited
5061 words
(14.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
How Humans and Robots are Presented in Blade Runner Essay - How Humans and Robots are Presented in Blade Runner "Blade Runner" is a science fiction film set in Los Angeles in the year 2019. Nuclear war had just ended which caused large-scale devastation such as dramatic climate change, genetic change and all animals on earth becoming extinct apart from artificial ones. The Tyrell Corporation developed the artificial animals, which also happen to be the creators of Androids (Artificial beings) which the film is based on. The film "Blade Runner" revolves around the Nexus 6 series of Androids these androids were built to do the hard, tiresome jobs on off-world colonies....   [tags: Papers Blade Runner Film Essays] 2987 words
(8.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: Technology's Link to Humanity Essay - Many years after its release, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner has become one of the most analyzed and debated science fiction films ever produced. The film was a failure during its initial release in 1982, the reviews were negative and it wasn’t even close to being a box office hit; however, after the director’s cut release in 1992 Blade Runner had a rebirth and it became a highly respected science fiction film. Ridley Scott’s inspiration to produce Blade Runner came from Philip K. Dick’s 1969 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep....   [tags: Blade Runner Film]
:: 10 Works Cited
2273 words
(6.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Blade Runner as a Classic Film Noir and a Science Fiction Film Essay - Blade Runner as a Classic Film Noir and a Science Fiction Film Blade Runner, a well known 80’s science-fiction film, begins in 2019, set in the industrial city of L.A., the scene lit only by the many neon lights and molten guisers. We draw in from a panoramic long shot to Deckard, ‘ex-cop, ex-killer, ex-blade-runner’, who is at the heart of this film. Blade Runner is, definitively, a science fiction film, but the traits of Film Noir are the bread and butter, bringing it the dark, desperate atmosphere that is the very beauty of the film....   [tags: Blade Runner Movie Film Essays] 1045 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Blade Runner - Blade runner is a film which was inspired by the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?" written by Phillip K. Dick, and directed by Ridley Scott. this movie quickly became a cult classic, with a large follwing of loyal fans, but as with all cult classics it has also had many critics, and most of these critics have a very similar Critisism of the film. they dismiss it as being a good-loooking film built on the flimsiest of narratives, a triumph of production design over substance. this statement allthough very critical and bold, is not completely without substance, with many plot twists and changes in dirrection, the themes are often hard to follow, as is the character dialogue and the...   [tags: Film Movie Analysis] 1461 words
(4.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Blade Runner - Blade Runner The movie that I chose to analyze for this section is Blade Runner. This movie takes place in Los Angeles in the year 2019. It is based on a futuristic situation where a company has created an advance synthetic human form referred to as replicants. The replicants look identical to regular humans, however they are faster, stronger, and more agile. Their intelligence is equal to if not more superior to humans. The replicants were sent to the off world and used to further space exploration and used as slaves....   [tags: Papers] 470 words
(1.3 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Blade Runner Essay - Blade Runner "Mise en scene, in discussions of film, refers to the composition of the individual film, the relation of objects, people and masses; the interplay of light and dark; the pattern of colour; the camera's position and angle of view, as well as the movement within the frame". The complete film dictionary. The Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, begins with opening credits, these are plain, bold, white text on a black background. This along with quiet music and sudden beats of drums creates a very tense atmosphere and helps with suspense; there is a very military feel to this opening sequence....   [tags: Papers] 505 words
(1.4 pages)
Good Essays [preview]