An examination of the characters of Deckard and Batty in the movie, “Blade Runner.”
This paper looks at the relevance of the movie to our everyday existence. It shows how, throughout the film, life and death are displayed in ways that illuminate their surreal quality, their strangeness in the context of such darkness and emptiness. It explains that life in the case of a radically imposing world is strange even to the hero, Deckard.
“The film is one big test of empathy, of how much we should be feeling, upon the audience. It is highly self-conscious in this way; we are made to feel that we are watching a film, and yet a film that throws doubts into all our expectations, especially that of the extent of our own emotional understanding. How much do we feel for the characters of Deckard or of Batty by the end and how is this relevant? Deckard at one point asks regarding a replicant, “How can it not know what it is?” The Replicants are an essential premise, for once we begin to replace aspects of our humanity to such a degree, what is left of the human or at least the value of a human’s life? Where everything is thrown into doubt, one answer might simply be more delusion in a world of delusions and yet also of (pure unicorn) dreams.”