Analysis of the Use of Mise en Scene in Blade Runner

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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. However they still only have a four

year life span and have no feelings and emotions. They were treated

almost like robots and “coffee making machines, as they were slaves.”

After a bloody mutiny in an off world colony, Replicants were declared

illegal on earth, under the penalty of death. Special police squads

known as Blade Runner Units had the job to kill any trespassing


Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford), ex-cop, ex-Blade Runner, and

ex-killer, is forced by the police boss to return to his former

profession of Replicant Hunter (Blade Runner.)

He is assigned to eliminate four Replicants who fled the slavery of

the colonies and came to Earth. Before starting the job Deckard visits

the Tyrell Corporation where he meets Rachel, a “Replicant” girl

created as an experiment, with whom he falls in love with.

After some investigations, he is able to discover the first of the

four Replicants, Zhora. There starts a relentless pursuit through the

streets of the Metropolis in which Deckard succeeds in eliminating

Zhora but is himself attacked by another of the replicants, Leon. Just

as Deckard is about to be killed, Rachel intervenes...

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...e going off, adverts and the little voices

always taking place. The most diagetic sound comes from the

overlapping all the cultural languages from the different

nationalities, it can be heard most in the whole film.

In the concluding contemplation of the whole use of Misen Scène to

create an effective atmosphere in Blade Runner, I would say, observing

the use of streets, buildings, costumes, sounds and lighting are

successful in creating an overall effective atmosphere in the story of

Blade Runner. Ridley Scott has added and removed the correct sets of

the film, although the lighting could be slightly improved there is

still an effective use of Misen Scène throughout Blade Runner. The

atmosphere created is of a mystical kind, making people want to view

on into the fantasy world of a Deckard or any other Blade Runner!

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