The “cusp of life” in science fiction films: the meaning of human existence in “Blade Runner”
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The film Blade Runner raises issues of great anthropological value. This article explores the idea “cusp of life” as an ethical crossroads for the characters and the story by studying three key strands of the film’s narrative: the creation of human life as a moral dilemma for scientific progress, the search for identity among androids and the absence of parenthood (parenting) in manufactured human beings. Two strictly cinematic aspects are examined as a basis for its analysis. The first is genre-specific – studying the progressive anthropological predeliction of science fiction (their films project our contemporary fears and opinions of humanity into the future) and the development of the subgenre ‘cyberpunk’ (movies outlining two themes: the cybernetic organism and a chaotic society or one controlled by large corporations). The second centers on the story of Blade Runner – demonstrating its influence on later science fiction films, analyising its plot development (adaptation from book to film) and assessing the meaning of its six film versions.
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