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Can somebody please help me understand Blade Runner
Posted: Posted December 8th, 2019
Edited December 8th, 2019 by Cetasaurus
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I FINALLY got around to watching it (The Final Cut).

I don't get it. I have 3 questions.

Question 1

Ok so...

Rachel is a robot (android, whatever), but also an experiment. She is the first robot that has real memories transplanted in her. So she believes she is human. Deckard tests her and finds out she is a robot. She goes to find Deckard to be like, “No, I’m human. Look at this photograph of me and my mom.” And Deckard is like “That’s your creator’s niece” or something.

Meanwhile, Deckard has been told to kill 4 robots (not including Rachel). We only knows the identity of one (Leon). He goes to Leon’s house and finds some photographs as well as a snake scale.

We cut to Leon talking to another robot man. The robot is like, “Did you get your precious photos?”
And Leon is like “No the cop was there!”
And they roll out.

Deckard examines the photos and the snake scale. One photo contains an image of a woman’s face. He finds the woman and her snake working at a night club. She's a robot and attacks him and he shoots her.

I am confused by that for some reason. Like:
a) Why was the robot working at a strip club? The other 3 robots are trying to run/fight/plan for their lives together, right?
b) Why would Leon’s photos be precious to him? Why would he risk so much to go back for them? It’s not like he’s Rachel? He knows he and his friends are robot convicts. They don’t even have false memories, or...? I feel like a number of things must have been lost on me.

Question 2
What is with the origami that is also somehow a threat? and what is with the unicorns? I'm not an English major; you have to spell it out for me.
When I first saw the unicorn dream, it was like immediately after we learned that a robot can have false memories and not know it's a robot.
So when I saw Deckard dream about a unicorn, I was like, "What if he's got some transplanted memories too?"
And this suspicion certainly wasn't doused when Rachel was like, "Have you ever taken the robot test?" and Deckard didn't answer because he was passed out.
Then the origami guy threatens Rachel's life with a paper unicorn, I guess. I don't get it. :(

Question 3

Is everyone cool to just gloss over the fact that Deckard rapes a four year old?

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I can't help you here. I was told by essentially everyone that this was an amazing groundbreaking movie but it was so hard to get into I couldn't sit though more than 30 minutes of it.

Posted December 8th, 2019 by Xhin
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I mean, it is a groundbreaking movie. It's definitely stylized and not going to be something everyone can get into. Doesn't make it less of a groundbreaking piece of sci-fi cinema, though. Arguably one of the most influential.

It's been a little while since I revisited it. I've seen Blade Runner 2049 more, actually. So with that in mind, I would say the significance of the unicorn stuff is that it suggests Deckard is a replicant. Some of this will depend on which cut you saw. It's not like a literary metaphor for something. It's more to suggest that he might not be who he - and presumably the audience going along - might not be who he thinks he is.

And yeah, that sequence is always super hard to watch. It's definitely bad.

Posted December 8th, 2019 by Jet Presto
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the significance of the unicorn stuff is that it suggests Deckard is a replicant

Ok, so I'm not just thick.

2049 is far superior. One of my top 5 movies.

Thanks Jet!

Edited December 8th, 2019 by Cetasaurus
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Is everyone cool to just gloss over the fact that Deckard rapes a four year old?


And yeah, that sequence is always super hard to watch. It's definitely bad.


It's interesting on one level because of the idea of a human coercing/forcing an android into sexual relations, which makes implications about the free will and individuality of the android. But another layer is added at the end of the movie when it is heavily implied that Deckard is also an android.

Posted December 8th, 2019 by Cruinn-Annuin
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i'm not entiarly soled on The Last of Us.

Posted December 8th, 2019 by tnu
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i'm not entiarly soled on The Last of Us.




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