March 18, 2007

Attack of the EYES!

Ok. I have to say that I am the type of person that likes to look people in the eyes when they are talking even when I'm watching movies. This turned out to be a problem with Blade Runner because whenever those creepy Replicants were up on the sceen (the bad guys not Rachel) I couldn't get over how creepy their eyes looked half the time. It was like I was staring into darkness. I'm usually the type of person that is going to like this type of movie, but nothing really made sense to me. The whole movie was pretty much summed up in the beginning text scroll. I can see why this movie would work when talking about the uncanny. If I could make a suggestion to anyone that hasn't yet seen the movie - read the article on E-Reserve first! It helps to pick out some of the things that I normally wouldn't have noticed.

Now if I could go back to eyes that would be great! They were creepy! Every time that the scene changed there were creepy eyes. I just couldn't get over it. If you ask Val, Vanessa, Lorin, Dena, and Kevin they will tell you the same thing. Even the cops sometimes had creepy eyes. Like that guy that just kept doing the oragami to announce his presence. He had creepy eyes often. It was like he was trying to hide something. Also, something that Dena pointed out was the fact that the eyes tended to change color. I don't know if this is a result of the lighting or if it was intentional, but this was creepy too.

Another part of the movie that had a lot to do with eyes was the man that made the eyes for the Replicants. This just made me think that there was something about eyes that they were trying to get across. It was almost as if the producers of the movie were trying to hint at the fact that someone might be watching you at all times. I know that that sounds like stretch, but it was something that I found incredibly interesting.

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

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at March 18, 2007 10:19 PM | TrackBack

Oh, I can surely tell you about how Tiffany felt about the eyes...she was crazy about them. And for good reason. The eyes were highlighted throughout the movie, so they must have held some sort of great importance. Sure, they were needed as a Replicant indicator, but they seemed a little too strange just for that.

Posted by: Nessa at March 19, 2007 3:19 PM

The abundance of Asians and the Unicorns freaked me out too. What was Freudian in that? Ack! Anyhow, I think the eyes really are the windows to the soul and alot of people in this movie lacked them, so that may have something to do with that...but what do I know? The unicorn thing was enough to ruin the movie for me. Ooh, that's Freudian--repitition. :)

Posted by: Erin at March 21, 2007 6:14 PM

Erin - That is actually a really good point that I never thought of. The deading look in eyes that I wrote about in my paper could have something to do with that. Great Point!

Posted by: Tiffany at March 22, 2007 8:08 AM

The relationship that I made with eyes in the paper was the similarities between the function and importance of the eyes to the phallus. I wrote more about in my weblog. As for your perception on the eyes, I believe that the eyes would have the Nexus-6 Replicants become accepted by the humans, mainly because that is the difference between the two. The function of the eyes are far more important than many would realize. Yes, the eyes were creepy, but there had to be some sort of separation between the replicants and the humans. As for you Erin, very nice interpretation of the eyes and their function, I really never even considered that thought at all. Thanks.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at March 22, 2007 9:41 AM

I think there was a lot about the eyes-clearly thats how you could tell between the replicants and the humans. But as I have said in my blog, it was just another sci-fi movie.

Posted by: Mitchell Steele at March 22, 2007 11:46 AM

The recurrence of the eyes is used to create an uncanny feeling of helplessness and fear for the audience.
The eyes of the replicants showed their emotion even though they were machines. The fact that the director emphasized the eyes in the lead me to believe that something was too important to just forget about it.

Posted by: Denamarie at March 22, 2007 12:31 PM
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