Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is a book that examines a culturally significant text in term of its context.
It places Blade Runner within the context of the evolution of the science fiction genre and compares it to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Blade Runner is assessed as an example of dystopian science fiction. The film is analysed in detail showing its contextual influences and the way it explores three issues – reproductive technology, urbanisation and dehumanisation. These issues are supported by a close examination of three key scenes in the film – the opening scene, Tyrell’s death scene and Roy’s death scene.
This book suits the readability level of senior secondary school students. It is written clearly and makes complex ideas accessible.