The replicants of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner show more humanity that the humans.

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The replicants of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner show more humanity that the humans. Do you agree? Support your discussion with detailed examples of cinematic technique and directorial choice to show how this was achieved.

Blade Runner is a film that explores the future of mankind and the gradual loss of

humanity through technological advancement and hubris. In particular, the film examines

different elements of human nature and what it means to be uniquely human. The

replicants are shown throughout Scott's film to be more human than the humans

themselves which is witnessed through their emotions, actions and thoughts. However,

although this holds true for most of the film, there are certain instances and characters

that are depicted where this is not the case.

Throughout the film, there appears to be a stark contrast shown between the emotional

behaviour of the humans in comparison to the replicants. While the replicants are shown

to feel a multitude of emotions such as love, fear and anger, the humans are seen on the

whole to be apathetic and lifeless. Most significantly, we see that while the

replicants show in countless scenes their own sense of empathy, the humans display a lack

of empathy for one another. This is seen in Ridley Scott's dystopian society where no one

seems to be able to show understanding towards the feelings of others and it is highlighted

during the scene where Deckard kills Zhora. In this scene, the viewers immediately notice

the many people walking past her dead body, not taking any notice or stopping even once.

The overall lack of empathy shown by the humans in this scene is differed when compared

to Deckard's reaction towards Zhora's death. Prior to the fatal shot, the viewers hear this

sentimental and melancholy blues music and then the rising rhythm...