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March 26, 2007

EL312: The Blade: Late Edition

Okay, so blogging in NYC didn't work out how I'd hoped... I totally thought we'd have internet access in our hotel rooms, but we didn't. We would've had to pay for it--lame. So anyway, while I fully intended to do work and blog, etc. over the trip it didn't happen.

My thoughts on Blade Runner:
I found it interesting that the film was set in the future, but displayed elements of the past. I am always amazed with the attempts to show "the future" in films, tv shows, etc. just because it usually ends up just putting a date on the film even moreso than haircuts and clothing choices. Hilarious, if you think about it, that we try to guess what the future is like when we know darn well we can't actually know...

The most intense scene for me was the part when Roy is chasing Deckard around the apartment of J.F. Sebastian, after killing Pris. Roy is dying, but stabs himself with a nail--at first I reacted with disgust, but then I considered the implications of what he'd done. He was trying to prevent his death long enough to kill the blade runner. The element of the nail piercing his palm reflects to Christianity quite well (even as Roy is "seeking his maker," as IMDB says). Also, this sort of speaks to the idea of self-harm, since many self-harmers say that they hurt themselves in order to feel alive. Roy's situation would certainly be an extreme case of this needing to feel alive, but it encompasses the same needs that the self-harmer has.

There were a few quotes from the movie that I found worth investigating:

Rachel: I'm not in the business... I am the business.

Roy: ...moments lost in time like tears in rain... time to die.

Gaff: ...too bad she won't live. Then again, who does?

Scott, dir. Blade Runner (Director's Cut) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at March 26, 2007 8:12 PM


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