I completely and utterly agree with the above statement that Blade Runner has introduced modern audiences with profound questions that are meaningful due to the environment context of the 21st century. Blade Runner introduces audiences with three profound questions that are relevant to the modern context of society, which we have already seen take place. Blade Runner introduces the topic of human’s responsibility to the environment through the presentation of a futuristic dystopia (opposite of utopia “perfect society” therefore meaning “imperfect society”) in Los Angeles 2019, nine years from now!
Blade Runner apprehends the ideas that futuristic technology will only be a means of commerce, causing the unethical and immoral practices of science which can clearly be seen as a major issue in modern technological advancements even though technology has not evolved to the high standards perceived in Blade Runner. Finally Blade Runner introduces the most profound question what is humanity? And what does it take to be classified and ultimately treated as a human?
The film Blade Runner explores the theme of human’s responsibility to the environment through the presentation of a futuristic dystopia of Los Angles 2019. This is significant to modern audiences through the presentation of a war torn, dark and over populated globalised city of Los Angeles of 2019 caused by humans abrogating (ending the responsibility) their responsibility to the natural environment which is a complete paradox of the modern sunny Los Angeles.
The opening scene of Blade Runner begins uses a high-low angles shot allowing a overview of the developed city of Los Angeles where only artificial light, lights the black background of the night sky, this establishing shot shows enormous balls or fire exploding into the night sky from towering chimneys producing pollution which can be seen clear through the black background. Through this overview of the city we are unable to see any natural resources only a built environment.
This opening shot is given ominous (suggesting something bad) clanging noises in the background used to emphasise the built environment of Los Angeles of 2019. This shot is used to show a future which humans have engulfed all natural resources to develop a city of pollution, darkness and complete dystopia. This also depicts an over development of a modern city taken to the extreme. The film uses a paradox between the current sunny Los Angeles with a darkly built environment of the futuristic Los Angeles, constant falling rain from the dark skies are used o perceive this point. The second scene of Blade Runner shows the viewers how this dystopia city looks from ground level. The long shot used when Deckard walks to a restaurant uses the large background to show the still glass and neon advertisements that flood the city floor showing the cause of the mass pollution “a new start in the off world colonies” it is obverse that Earth’s nature resource have been consumed to an extent that it no longer can support the humans way of life.
Ever more this shot allows viewers to observe the over crowed inhabitants of this city caused by the accelerated expansion of the Japanese population adding to the mass pollution which Earth can no longer tolerate. Throughout the film absolutely no nature is present, the few glimpses of nature the viewer might observe e. g. animals that inhabit the film, are all robotic “would I be working hear if I had a real snake” this shows the audiences that most animals are on the bleak off extinction and that they are all very rear.
Ever more the revelation at the end of the film that Deckard himself is a replicant leaves a question in the viewers mind how many of the people of the over populated streets of Los Angeles are actually human? The only glimpses of nature that viewers see are off the pictures and memories of the films characters but even these fake, mechanically installed in the memories of the replicant this is seen in both Deckard’s dream off “a unicorn galloping through a forest” and Rachael’s photograph of her as a child with her mother on their front porch.