STS: Blade Runner 1982 (STS Class X4 mid year 2017)

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After watching the film Blade Runner. Briefly and straight to the point the following three questions via commenting on this post. Note all comments are moderated and will not appear immeidately, so no need comment repeatedly. Here are the questions:

1. What made the film a cult classic?
2. How was the future portrayed?
3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
4. What is your answer to that question?

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  1. 1) I think the film was regarded as a cult classic because aside from the fact that it tickled the people’s curiousness about how the future would look like thus acquiring cult following, it also poses a lot of interesting questions which can lead to audience participation. Also, with regards to the cinematography, it qualifies to the definition of a typical cult film – it is offbeat and it has weird characters.

    2) Blade runner is indeed a dystopian film. Though it depicted the future as one that is technologically advanced, it shows a bleak and dangerous society wherein humans are stark and bereft of humanity.

    3) In the movie, Rachel asked Deckard “Have you ever retired a human being by accident?”
    That leads me to think, what really defines a human? What separates it from a replicant?

    4) Scientifically speaking, anyone with the requisite DNA for being human is human. But after watching the movie, I realized that there is so much more to it than that. For me, as long as you are sentient – you are capable of empathy and developing feelings, then your are human. So apparently, there is no clear line of demarcation between humans and replicants since from the movie it can be noticed that replicants can be humane (when Deckard was saved twice by replicants) and at the same time, humans can be monstrous (their merciless termination of replicants’ lives).

  2. Rosh Jainani says:

    1. It was because 1980s was a period of the rise of technology. There were great discoveries and innovations that sparked the interest of people. Since the plot of the movie was about how the future affects human life, it was very intriguing to have that perspective of the future and explore some of the great possibilities that tomorrow holds.

    2. The future was portrayed with very advanced technology and a huge understanding of science. The most evident innovation was the replacement of humans called “replicants”. Those replicants were completely like humans except that they had no memories and emotions, with one expection.

    3.The question that rises in the story was how technology affects the lives of humans. And would it have a positive or negative effect on us.

    4. For me, it can heavily affect us in a way of greatly improving how we live. It can improve our lifestyles and knowledge. Yet, if technology is abused, it can also have a negative effects on us, especially if it runs out of control. For instance, in the movie, the replicants became evil and had the capacity to kill humans.

  3. Celine T. Co says:

    1. I think what made Blade Runner a cult classic is how the future world was portrayed in the film. Compared to other sci-fi films which usually involves aliens or robots, this one is, in a way, closer and more real to humans. People before who were curious of what the future might be like with the advancement of technology and how it might affect society and people now who can watch and compare what was shown in the film to the present world may be why it was popular to them.

    2. The future setting was dark, rainy, and shadowy. There were a lot of explosions going on, tall and lighted buildings, flying cars, different machines, and poor, lonely people. The ‘Replicants’ were the main technological advancement that was shown in the film.

    3. I think the predominant question being asked in the movie is about humanity. How are humans different from these ‘Replicants’?

    4. Humans can feel and think on their own. They are rational, self-aware, limited in knowledge unlike the ‘Replicants’.

  4. 1. What made the film a cult classic?

    Apart from the film’s noir style as depicted by its dark and gloomy scenes, the film is able to present a new perspective of technology, humanity, and the future. The film has interestingly conjured the idea of a well-advanced artificial intelligence which always been a picture of promising advancement settling in a highly contrasted dystopic era. Despite the artificial intelligence and technology being rusty subjects in countless films, Blade Runner is able to highlight a new and unthought-of issue of morality. I believe that despite its poor performance in cinematography, the film is beautifully written and has presented calloused topics in a new light making it a cult classic.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    In Blade Runner, the future is reduced to a dystopia with nothing but pollution, chaos, and societal problems. The use of foreign language from the Asian countries suggests the mixture of the culture of the two worlds – Asia and Western World – which probably brought about by the success of globalization. It is also noticeable that the future is shown as an era of rainfall and darkness as there seem to be an endless nighttime.

    Moreover, the film has shown that despite the unyielding perseverance of the humanity to make life easier through advancement of technologies, in the film represented by the creation of the Replicants, human beings have made the biggest mistake they could ever do. That is to reduce the earth and everything around them to their utility and use. Unlike the hopeful and advanced image of the future, it is noticeable how gloomy and unexciting the future presented.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    After watching the movie, the question that remains ingrained in my mind and retina is how do we really define humanity. Does humanity has a clear-cut definition? Can we say that we are humans just because we are born the natural way? What makes us human?

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    In the movie, humans and Replicants are splitting images of each other making them unimaginably hard to distinguish. The fine line that sets them apart is the capacity of the said humans to feel and have emotions. However, as the film progressed, this distinction has been put into question. Dekard, who is said to be a “human”, is acting inhumane as he is tasked by the police department to haunt and perform unmerciful killings of the Replicants. On the other hand, the Replicants, who are programmed to slave all their lives and to perform duties that are unfit for humans, showed compassion to his “killer”. With this, who is human between them?

    Humanity does not have a clear-cut definition that can easily dissociate others. I believe that it is not a matter of genealogy or natural or artificial creation. It is more than our physical make-up. Humanity is measured by what one did, does, and will do. It is exemplified by how much control we have in what we do in our lives and how much we empathize with others. Every day, we can either become more or less humans.

    Humanity is not what we are. Humanity is something that we do.

  5. Miqa Paz says:

    1. The film possesses a lot of symbolisms which can have the tendency to bother the minds of the audience therefore leaving us reflecting on what the film is actually saying. The film’s semiotics is very much alive. From the surface, it might look like your ordinary action sci-fi movie when in fact it goes deeper into making a critique on religion and mortality. Furthermore, it questions the true role of science in society.

    2. In the film, the future is portrayed by a dark, dull society lured by city lights and pleasure. It is a society where technology is being used to keep power and, in the process, destroy humanity. The innovations showed in the film failed to truly help citizens to live better lives. On the contrary, it favored the inventors themselves. Rather than simply guiding and efficiently improving human actions, ironically, technologies were used to make people lose agency thus transporting absolute power to the inventors.

    3. What is truly the role of science and technology in human life?

    4. Science and technology are meant to complement humans and not to replace and absolutely take control of human life. It exists not as a separate entity but a supplement to humans to be able to improve on the lives of each other.

  6. Jay Israel B. De Leon says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?

    Ang persistens o pananatili/pagpapatuloy ng mga akda/pelikulang may temang futurista at ang pagkahilig ng karamihan sa katha ng mga androyd, ay nagpapatunay na nagkaroon ng tagasunod ang Blade Runner at iba pang pelikulang sayfay na kasabayan nito. Nagkaroon na rin ito ng serye nang ipalabas ang Blade Runner 2049.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    Ang hinaharap ay pinamamahalaan ng teknolohiya, at ang teknolohiya ay pinamamahalaan ng isang awtoridad–iyong may kakayahan at kapangyarihan.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?

    Para sa akin, nangingibabaw ang tanong na: “Ano ang ‘tao’ sa tao?” Ano nga ba ang kahulugan ng pagiging isang tao? Ano ang mayroon sa tao kaya siya tao?

    4. What is your answer to that question?

    Ang pinakaesensya ng pagiging tao ay ang pagkakaroon niya ng damdamin–ang kakayahang maging masaya, malungkot, masaktan, magmahal, at ilagay ang sarili niya sa lugar ng kanyang kapwa. Ito ang iniiwasang mangyari ng lumikha sa mga replikant sa pelikula–ang dumatal sa mga nilalang na ito ang pagkakataong sila’y makadarama na. Kaya naman, limitado lamang ang kanilang eksistens dahil kapag dumating ang puntong ito, magkakaroon sila kakayahang magtimbang–kung alin ang makatao at ‘di-makatao, kung ano ang makatarungan at ‘di-makatarungan–at sa huli’y titindig laban sa mga taong nang-aabuso at nagmamanipula sa kanila.

  7. Sarah See says:

    1. I believe the plot makes the film a cult classic. Set in a futuristic setting, the film manifested a theme of science fiction that involved intriguing notions of experimenting with genetics and solving a mystery. of Moreover, I believe the film was able to show the effects of technology to the society.

    2. The future was portrayed as having a social structure and a technologically advanced society. The presence and ability to create clones called “replicants” and flying cars were some suggestions of what science and technology could achieve. Although there was much progress in the said fields, the society was still quite depressing as the environment was somber and filled with pollution.

    3. The predominant questions asked in the movie ponder on what it means and takes to be human. Even the main character of the film, Deckard, had internal conflict and questioned his own identity. Furthermore, the movie asks how the impacts of science and technology can shape and reflect a society.

    4. There is no standard answer to these questions as they can be subjective depending on the beliefs and background of a person. In my opinion, to be human is having the freedom to make choices, a mind to discern for moral situations and to reason out and having an individuality. Definitely, science and technology shaped the way a society lives. It makes people’s lives easier and challenges people to explore the unknown and acquire knowledge as well as find new discoveries. Correspondingly, technology reflects how people in the society act and use their willpower to change their surroundings.

  8. Dave Laurence Juntilla says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    Though a number of sci-fi films were released during those years, with various depictions of the future, the creators of the film managed to present their vision through a series of peculiar and absurd, yet extremely fascinating events. Initially, the film was treated unfavorably. Through the years, however, people realized how some themes in the film became applicable to our society. This is possibly one of the reasons behind the film’s significantly large following, making it a cult classic.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was depicted as a dark, industrialized, and overpopulated chaos. Technology is seen to be extremely advanced, with flying cars and robots becoming an ordinary thing for most humans. Furthermore, people of different racial and cultural backgrounds are seen to interact with one another. Various languages are spoken and different customs are practiced. I believe this is pretty accurate as today’s modern cities are starting to become cultural melting pots.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    The film aims to determine the characteristics that define a human being.

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    In the film, an empathy test was used to distinguish humans from replicants and to assess how human someone is. From this, I think humans are defined to be creatures capable of thinking and feeling emotions. A problem arises, however, as some humans do not seem to manifest these emotions clearly. This therefore poses a challenge in distinguishing humans from non-humans.

  9. Bryan Santos says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    The film was considered a cult classic because at the time of its release it performed poorly but over the years, it gained popularity. The futuristic set up and design of the film sparked a lot of thoughts of what our future may look like because of the growing technology. Also these strange vibes and significant variations in the quality of the movie adds up to it being a cult classic.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed dark, dull and industrialized. The vast advancement of technology was seen in the film. “Replicants” were the best innovation as it resembles humans.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    The predominant question in the movie was what makes humans human. How can we differentiate ourselves with replicants?

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    Emotion is what makes us humans. Humans feel different kinds of emotions. This is where we can differentiate ourselves with “replicants” for they are created without having these emotions.

  10. Eliza Niña Sayon says:

     1. What made the film a cult classic?

    What made the film a cult classic was its attempt to answer the philosophical question of what being a human really is through its portrayal of the struggle between man and machine in a dystopian, futuristic world. This piqued the audience’s interest on the possibility of such problem in a world that, to them, should have achieved futuristic perfection.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    Despite the advanced technology that prevails in the movie, every scene is shot in a dilapidated, dystopian setting. The colors are muted and dark, adding to the dark theme of the entire premise of the movie.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?

    What is a human? Or what does it mean to be human? In the movie, technology has become so advanced that the lines between artificial and natural have blurred. In fact, it has even been speculated that Decker may not be human himself. This question is raised over the problem on the murder of replicants who just want to live for themselves.

    4. What is your answer to that question?

    Honestly, the answer i have to that question is limited to the whole scope of what being a human is. I highly doubt my answer even touches upon the entire truth. To me, a human is a being capable of thinking and feeling, and has a sort of “conscience” that guides them in their everyday lives. Of course, this definition of a human is just the tip of the iceberg. We human beings are complex creatures, and so giving a definitive answer to that question is useless.

  11. Jaris Omamos says:

    1. I think the film’s futuristic story and its way of questioning the meaning of humanity in the advanced age of society made it a cult classic. The film attempted to envision the society 37 years from its release date where technology is used by humans not just to improve their own lives but to replicate their own kind. The film has been successful in creating a highly progressive world that challenged the imagination of its viewers of the inevitable high-technology future and forced them to examine up until where can technology make humanity’s lives better.

    2. The film portrayed the future as highly advanced but dark and cold. High-rised buildings are all around with large advertisement televisions in front. Cars can already fly but most of them are police patrol vehicles that should suggest safety but makes the environment look corrupt and dangerous instead. The existence of replicants and blade runners hunting for them added to the grimness which could make one terrified of the ability of man to invent and the effect of its inventions in its own future.

    3. “Until where can advancement in science and technology improve the quality of life of human race and how can we prevent destroying our own kind without losing our curiosity and desire towards a progressive and equal society?”

    4. It is difficult to decipher until where man’s pursuit of knowledge and development of technology improve the quality of human’s life and society. The technology that forces us to ask this question are already existing (such as highly deadly weapons) so the answer lies on evaluating the main purpose of each technology the society makes and accepts. Humans must continuously evaluate the effect of technology in their lives to determine which must be adopted and which must be eliminated.

    I think the creators and inventors have great influence on where technology will head to. It must be instilled in each person wanting to pursue knowledge and create technology that s/he must have a higher purpose in whatever s/he creates and that is to uplift the quality of human life.

  12. Errol Saluta says:

    1. It’s a cult classic because during its release time it wasn’t really performing great but grew popularity as years go by. It’s like the other movies that show tremendous design and variations, but seemingly boring. An imaginative world that seems to be real and has great elements and moments. Also citing the portrayal of the future at that time might be giving the people a vision of what it’s like in 2019, which can be a motivation of their continuous following.

    2. The future was portrayed to be:
    a. Dark
    b. Disturbing
    c. Depressing at some point
    d. Fashion seems similar nowadays
    e. Mainly aided or taken over by technology
    f Polluted

    3. What does it mean to be human?

    4. For me, being human is acknowledging that we are limited to our own capabilities, that we can only do so much with our strength, skills, abilities, etc. The idea of the Replicants is very much connected to our sinful nature, that deep inside us, no matter how good we think we are, there’s a desire to do bad things. We always have that tendency to be exploited by the worldly things having the mindset, ” Since everyone does this, so do I.”

  13. 1.What made the film a cult classic?

    Drawing from the nature of cult classic and the time when the movie was released in 1980’s, Blade Runner is an extraordinary portrayal of technology domination over humans. For one who is not into sci-fi films, I can say that the movie is slow-paced and dark, and can be boring at times, but the way how it thinks about the future is uniquely advanced.The movie is old but its relevance is contemporary.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    Technology was a great invention of man, but it slowly destroys humanity. It is nice to see flying cars around, but how could everything be so fabricated, even love and happiness. There is no future if humans allow these technological advancements rule the world.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?

    How is technology beneficial and destructive to humans?

    4. What is your answer to that question?

    Most machines are invented to help men. Even in the film when Tyrell Corporation created ‘replicants’ to help them destroy the world. I think, it is a question of how we want technology help and do such things for us – will it do good or bad, or maybe good for some but bad for other people? I have learned that in whatever fields we are in or will be (media, government, medicine, academe, etc.), technology will always be present and it’s up to us how we will use them to help and save humanity.

  14. Brandon Rio says:

    1) In my opinion, the film is considered a cult classic because it tackles a pretty controversial issue which did not suit the tastes of viewers back when it first premiered in cinemas. It offers a different perspective regarding humanity’s future which is different from other sci-fi movies. As years passed, the theme of this film is now highly probable to happen because of advances in biotechnology. People began to appreciate the film’s concept and how it questions our sense of humanity, thus gaining popularity.

    2) Unlike other sci-fi classics that shows how wonderful the future is because of technological advances beyond our imagination, the atmosphere of the entire film is dark and slightly depressing. It portrays a future that makes you think if they’re still on Earth. Technology is highly advanced in some aspects but it appears as if humanity disregarded morality in exchange.

    3) What makes us human.

    4) Our hearts. Our souls. Both are subject to a lifetime process of questioning ourselves and learning along the way. If you lack either one, you fail as a human being.

  15. Jade Ruyeras says:

    1. The film may be seen as a cult classic because it was able to deliver an intriguing tale that is centered towards the distinguishing characteristics of being human. While most of us may believe that this craft is a piece of fiction, it still makes us wonder about our humanity and the infinite possibilities that the future has in store for us. The film’s fans may have been fascinated with its strangeness and uniqueness of the creepy, vivid version of the future.

    2. When this film was produced, the writers and creators may have overestimated the capability of humans to progress and develop technology. The future portrayed in the film involved Replicants that were genetically engineered to be better if not at par with the abilities of humans. If the film were real, the dystopian future would be happening in several years. Yet, we are still unable to clone humans, let alone create robots that can think and feel. The film also portrays a future that is somehow deprived of happiness. I rarely see someone who is smiling or actually happy with their lives. Even the overall background theme of the setting was dark which conveys a feeling of loneliness.

    3. The story mainly revolves around Rick Deckard hunting for the Replicants. Hence, it is essential to ask which individuals are human. Furthermore, the film encourages us to think about the nature of humanity. What does it really take to be called human?

    4. Humans are set apart from other living things because they have the ability to think independently and to feel. I think you become a human when you are able to process your own thoughts without relying on or being limited to a programmed code. You are human when you are free from another person’s control over your thoughts and ideas such that you are able to produce your own, genuine feelings.

  16. Alyanna Fausto says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    Answer: The film became a cult classic because it was strange and different, which may not cater to everyone’s taste but would have a huge impact on avid followers. It was the only one of its kind during that period. It wasn’t unique in the use of technology but it showed how humans had used technology to come up with someone like us, creating a thin line between what is human and what is almost human. It was also dystopian, showing how one popular city would look like in 2019, 37 years from the time it was created.
    2. How was the future portrayed?
    Answer: The future was portrayed like a mix of old and new. The setting was dark and almost dirty, like the world was slowly decaying, but also showed light and visuals from the buildings, and flying automobiles. There were people of mix races and languages. The sun was not shining and the sky was almost always drizzling.
    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    Answer: The predominant question in the movie is, “With the advancements in technology, what makes us human?”
    4. What is your answer to that question?
    Answer: The film shows humans and replicants, replicants being the fictional bioengineered creation. It shows that memories can be implanted, that you can have a past without really experiencing it, evoking some emotions, but these aren’t the replicants’. It is a thin line but it is true, that what makes us humans are our memories, the emotions from those memories, our compassion, our ability to care and love, to form relationships, and to nurture life.

  17. 1. What made the film a cult classic?
    – The film is considered a cult classic because it portrayed the future world (as interpreted by the film maker) which perhaps made its viewers curious as to how the future would actually look like in real life. It also poses many questions about the characters and the plot, which could also constitute to the film having a cult following.
    2. How was the future portrayed?
    – The future was portrayed as an era in which technological advancement is prevalent, as portrayed by the flying cars, large buildings, technology inside their homes, etc. , the setting was dark and cold, literally and figuratively, as the atmosphere was dark and the plot actually was quite dark as well.
    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    – The predominant question was “What does it take to be human?” or “What is a human?”.
    4. What is your answer to that question?
    – Well what makes us humans different from replicants are our emotions, memories and perhaps our conscience, these are natural to us humans, but for replicants these are implanted as exhibited by Rachael with which her memories were the memories of Tyrell’s niece, which makes it NOT natural to them. So to answer the question, being a human is having emotions, memories and conscience.

  18. Jann Marc Villablanca says:

    1. Everybody loves dystopian films! Blade Runner was released right after another successful sci-fi classic (with Harrison Ford too), Star Wars. Unlike Star Wars with its moral dichotomy, Blade Runner blurs the idea of humanity and what it means to be a true human. Cult classics does not necessarily gain a popularity in its initial screenings but gain a following way beyond the release date of the film.

    2. The future is portrayed with a semi-anarcho-capitalist state (or maybe it was just Los Angeles) with big corporations ruling over everything and the police is just another privatized repressive state apparatus of the ruling members of the society. Japanese consumerist culture also exists in the film probably as an extrapolation to the contemporary economic boom of post-War Japan in the electronics industry. The 70s and 80s is the time of the Sanyos and Nintendos and Japan economically overtook the US superpower.

    3. Aside from the obvious “what it means to be human,” the hidden question that has been bugging me ever since I first watched the film is: “Is Rick Deckard a replicant?”

    4. I think he is a replicant. His flat is filled with photographs and replicants are fixated with photographs because it is their tie to a non-existent past or their implanted memories.

  19. Jana Quismundo says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?

    A cult classic film is one that has gained a cult following, or is incredibly popular among a certain group in society. The more exclusive definition states that these are films obscure to the mainstream and are revolutionary or ironically enjoyed. Blade Runner was not very popular upon release – most of the viewers found it too dark and depressing, while cinephiles didn’t like its being mainstream. However, its appeal increased as the years passed and it now is considered a cult classic. It wasn’t a very great movie in itself as it had its flaws, but its cinematography and the advanced effects it had appealed to the audience. It was also of a different genre, science fiction, and posed a lot of philosophical questions.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    The most prominent characteristic the future in Blade Runner had is the incredible advancement in technology, so that artificial intelligence (Replicants) and flying cars were some common things in society. Also, in line with the opinions of the mainstream when it was released, the film seemed very dark and bleak. This could, however, aid in its air of mysteriousness.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?

    For me, “What does it mean to be human?” is probably the predominant question in the movie. The entire film struggles with the moralities of distinguishing between humans and replicants. Where does humanity begin and where does humanity end? Are we characterized by our memories, our bodies, the way we think or the way we feel? Is something that was meant to be “more human than human” still not human enough in comparison to us?

    4. What is your answer to that question?

    This midyear, along with STS, I’m also taking Philo 1 and needless to say, there is also a lot of philosophizing done during the subject. In general, some say humanity is dependent on our ideals, some on our politics, some on our rationalizations. I think, for me, to be human is to feel, to have a sense of morality and to desire life in all its glory. In some cases, there are actual living people who seem to not abide and/or care about morals and even if we know they are biologically human, we describe them as brutal and inhuman. In the movie, the Replicants even show more human characteristics than some humans do, such as Rachael saving Deckard from death when the other people just walked by uncaring. Therefore, to me, these Replicants have what it means to be human.

  20. 1) It was a cult classic to the people then because it showed Ridley Scott’s unique portrayal of the future. The people in the 80’s were obsessed with sci-fi, space, time travel, the future, robots, androids, etc.

    2) For me, it was portrayed to be something like a dystopia. It was dark everywhere, and I’m not sure if the people are happy with what’s around them. Again, the obsession with robots and androids is prevalent.

    3) I think it is about what makes us human, and what differentiates us from artificial or synthetic organisms.

    4) I believe that the main difference between us and any other organism is the soul and spirit. They give us desires, wants, needs, free will, and ideas, among others.

  21. Dalzel Erap says:

    1) I believe that the film became a cult classic for two reasons. First, the combination of genres. The film combined the popular noir genre with sci-fi…an unlikely pair, honestly. This combo then creates this certain mood. It has the mood and element of a sci-fi film but it is then not a typical “pew pew lazer spaceship” kind of sci-fi film but has this gritty and jarring storyline/themes. While I am not saying that sci-fi genres lack those elements, they are actually present but are presented in different ways (ex. the First Order from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as an allusion to Nazism). Second, the garnering of a fanbase. One of the things that make a cult classic a cult classic is the fact that the film is not exactly a mainstream movie or was underappreciated. However, it still develops a large following. The Blade Runner was most likely underappreciated or deemed as “lack luster”; it’s competitions are considered as cinematic masterpieces (mainly E.T.). However, as mentioned, the film still garnered a big enough audience to bring it into the mainstream.

    2) The future was portrayed as something between what we’d imagine the future to look like and what the world was before- a hybrid of the old and new. It is not too different from dystopian futures, honestly. There are these escaped convicts who are different from the other people and they were manufactured by these people and so on and so forth. The future is quite dark and gritty and scary. It’s not the shining future we all imagine it to be. Yes, the flying cars do still exist but the overall society? It is very similar to the dismal society we live in today. Even the city layout is reminiscent to the crowded cities we are all familiar with. Of course, the technology is definitely better and it has had a greater impact in the lives of people. Overall, it is all pretty advanced but still pretty dreary.

    3) I think the predominant question was whether the Replicants were human or had humanity in them. They were created not like how a normal human being would be. Is it possible that what makes humans human is lacking in them? Or is it really lacking? Do they not feel as we do? And if they do do feel as we do, does this not make them human?

    4) Personally, I am not sure about the whole humanity thing, however, I do believe that they should be treated equally as a human being. They are not lesser than us because they have a different origin. They act like us and feel as we do. They just want to live and everyone deserves a chance at life.

  22. Kristelle Molina says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?

    “Blade Runner” was a sci-fi, futuristic film that gained cult followers because of how it imperfectly portrayed the future. It was a dark and sinister age of technological advancement which sparked the interest of the people because during the 1980’s this type of genre was uncommon. It was not generally accepted upon its release but it gained a loyal audience after some time. The film does not fit everyone’s taste but it has a visual impact and great elements that leave an impression to the audiences.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    The future presented in the film gave a sci-fi dystopian ambiance. Despite the technologies created to sustain life and provide an easier life for the society, the people in the future seemed discontented with how the world works. The evident use of dark/dull colors in its cinematography, the overpopulated streets, and crowded establishments added an impression that the future was severely polluted and suffocating.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?

    I think the film questions what it means to be a human in a period that recognizes different ways on how an individual came to life.

    4. What is your answer to that the question?

    Our definition of what it means to be a human will always be subjective. For me, memories, having rational thinking, and experiencing emotions are some of the identifying features of a human. Regardless of how an individual was born, the essence of a human should also include equal treatment to other beings.

  23. jazireemia says:

    1. Cult classic films are that of A Clockwork Orange, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, and etc. It is just fitting then for Blade Runner to be under this category because with these references, they embody the revolutionary type of films – may it be their controversial or suppressed topics that are considered cultural taboos, or their transgressive element that may not necessarily be accepted and/or enjoyed the mainstream audience of that time. But since it’s considered a cult classic, it can be noted that a lot of people did like it after all (thus, the “niche”/the “cult”) – perhaps because of its unconventional narrative and its philosophical questions posed by the film.
    2. The film’s dystopian so it’s grim, dark, perhaps depressing, bland, basically the future’s not a happy or a pleasant one. But this is exactly what the film wanted to show, that this portrayal is a possible outcome of today’s (and the evolving nature of) society. Human greed and the irresponsible use and abuse of science and technology could lead to our own destruction that is beyond redemption.
    3. What does it mean to be human?
    4. It’s difficult to answer since the wholeness of humanity might be compartmentalized into a single answer. But I think what sets us apart from other species is that we are capable of thinking and feeling at the same time. We have the ability develop our own consciousness, our identities (social, cultural, etc.), and our principles. Although we have our own evolution/self-development, we should still be intact with morality. In this way, we could prevent ourselves from being “monstrous” and destructive just like the Replicants. Nonetheless, there are myriad of possible answers to this question, so yeah..

  24. Adrian Maquilan says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic? Basically the film is a cult classic because of the year it was produced. Before reading the film especially on this highly modern age we must consider when was the film made, what were the mode of production, what was the state of the world during that year, what films were made before and after it was screened.
    2. How was the future portrayed? The future was portrayed to be dystopian and highly technological in nature that people become more cybernetic than human.
    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie? The film is highly existentialist that ask what differentiates living and just mere surviving.
    4. What is your answer to that question? The film reflects the effects of the technology in this modern age which makes us disconnect physically and now we translate ourselves cybernetic”ally” through social media missing the more important matter in life.

  25. desaure says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    The film can be considered as a cult classic because of the fact that sci-fi and futuristic type of
    films before was not one of the favorites of the mass. The film also heavily involves too much
    science and technology that might not yet be one of the major concerns of people due to the fact
    that the innovation and progress of technology before is not as fast as the present same as
    through with information and knowledge dissemination of such field.
    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The movies was made in 1982 and portrays the future (2019) where almost all types of vehicles
    are travelling on air and the creation of cyborgs or human robots who looks exactly the same as
    humans were all possible. It also shows a very dark and crowded planet earth which
    corresponds to the increasing population and probably higher life expectancy of humans due to
    the innovations into the different fields.Compared to the film, the current state of technology is
    not yet at the same level as portrayed in the film. It was able to show however, the fact that
    people in order to make their lives more comfortable and easier, created human prototypes or
    cyborgs that would serve as laborers – which in the present is equivalent to gadgets and
    technologies such as washing machines, backhoes, laptops, etc.
    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    I think the film wanted to ask the viewers about the meaning of being a human or “how do you
    say a human is a human?”
    4. What is your answer to that question?
    In the film, the only thing sets apart the replicants and humans from one another is having
    emotions, possession of memories, and ability to think. Replicants were made to function as
    workers for the humans. I think humans are humans based on the fact that they are from their
    human parents and as time goes by, creates their own identity and personality which is unique
    from the others.

  26. Mikaela Pereira says:

    What made the film a cult classic?

    The film was a cult classic because of how the advancement in technology was utilized in the film. I feel like, because of its unique futuristic plot, straying away from what was common and usual during the 80s, the film gained popularity and interest among the viewers.

    How was the future portrayed?

    The future portrayed in the film was a future revolving around high levels of technology that up to this day is not yet even attained. One main technological advancement was a replicant – close to a human but artificially built nonetheless.

    What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?

    The constant question being presented in the film was what were the parameters set for one to be called a human, hence what really makes a human, human.

    What is your answer to that question?

    I find that the answer to this question cannot be constant for everyone, rather it is subjective. With that, personally speaking, I think being human entails being compassionate and good to others. In the movie, regardless if someone is a replicant or not, I consider him/her a human as long as he/she bears good intentions. For example, for me, Rachael is human due to the fact that she does not do bad things.

  27. lyssazoleta says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    What made the movie a cult classic is that because people were very interested how the future was portrayed in the movie, having the vision of the people in the past as to what happens in the future, especially concerning technology.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed to have advanced technological advancements such as flying cars, towering buildings, and robots such as replicants, as well as dark and polluted cityscapes that may have been due to these advancements.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    The predoinant question being asked in the movie was what differentiated humans form others, such as replicants.

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    In the movie, what separated the humans to the replicants is that humans had emotions. But is this enough to say that having emotions is the sole reason that makes humans human? In my opinion, I think that morality, empathy, ethics, and the like are what makes a human.

  28. Pico Topico says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    What made the film a cult classic is the portrayal of the future in a sense which is difference from the norm. Advancement in technology was emphasized in the film with the corresponding dystopian, futuristic world that the film offers and features. Given that the film is a cult classic, we can view it as of its dark characteristics but still it is visually, thematically appealing to the audience because of its great casting and production which in turn makes it a good classic. The difference also in the year 1982 which was the film’s production and its story which depicts the 2019 future is of a strong depiction of it making it a cult classic, the futuristic outlook towards possible and great difference of culture in the 2019 society.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed by the series of advancements as far as technology is concerned. Flying machines, devices, robots, eccentric ‘replicant’ thingies, bizarre genetic designs and varying life forms were featured in the film. Living in a dark, ‘deadly’, weird society underlies the future as featured in the film. The colors, lighting, cinematography of the film somewhat sums up the weird, dark, terrifying society that the future portrayed.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    Questioning life existence and how human beings are human beings in the new society that the characters lived in, basically what is a human is the question.

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    Although quite subjective, I’ll say without a doubt that humans behave as themselves. Human beings have the ability to feel, think, reason out, rationalize things, decide, choose, look back into memories, empathize, weigh out what is moral or what is immoral and much more to that which is far different from how the replicants behave in “Blade Runner 1982”. My basic Philo 1 knowledge (ethics, subjectivity, reasoning) can certainly answer all of that question because the question mainly underlies my own subjectivity in existentialism.

  29. Joshua Oliveros says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    The movie introduced several new styles for filmography that led to it being an influential game changer of the film industry. Even if it didn’t meet the expectations of its audience as a critically acclaimed film of its time, years after it was released it received a cult following due to its dystopian noir theme. Since then multiple films, games, and comics have cited Blade Runner as one of their major influence.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed somehow in a short-sighted point of view but clearly very relevant in comparison to the present. Technology was advanced and cultural systems were intermixed particularly since the cities/urban areas portrayed served more of a “common ground/melting pot” rather than a culturally homogenous area. The question of humanity and identity that plagued society, particularly philosophers since the ancient time, has also been used as the main conflict of the story.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    The plot revolves around the idea of replicants being able to mimic (wholly or partially) humanity which becomes a liability as being human isn’t all that good. The question has always been “are you human? or are you not?” however if we may digress, it also asks a very fundamental interrogative statement “What is there to be a human?”.

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    For me humanity is such a mundane definition of the being able to live as an animal with the capability of “sentience”. If you come to think of it, putting a standard on how a human should act and behave isn’t humane at all. A paradoxical question can never have a conclusion. However, one thing is true amidst all of these manipulated realities, being human and humanity doesn’t always come into terms with one another, only with humaneness is when you can truly call yourself human.

  30. Christie Joy Bucton says:

    1) What made the film a cult classic?
    Considering the time that it was released, when technology was still on the rise, its unique portrayal of the future probably made Blade Runner a cult classic. The film also touched issues on morality which, in a way, helped attract the interest of many viewers thus becoming a factor of acquiring cult following.

    2) How was the future portrayed?
    Blade Runner portrayed a very technology-advanced, chaotic society. It showed a society that seemed to have not seen the sun for quite some time already, indicated by them being “used to” night time/darkness. Perhaps this is one of the consequences they have to face from continuously making inventions/innovations. The film emphasized the existence of replicants, an invention which are indistinguishable from real humans, wanting to blend in the society.

    3) What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    What make humans human?

    4) What is your answer to that question?
    Aside from our biological systems, DNA, and other things that made up our human body, as in one of the texts I’ve read, humans have intellect (our ability to think rationally) and freewill (our ability to make rational and free choices). These two are unique to humans. However, upon watching the movie, our ability to feel emotions such love, hatred, and happiness makes us more human. Our longing to find and know our purpose in this world and doing actions to fulfill that purpose differentiate us from others. For me, that make humans human.

  31. Lloyd Sagun says:

    1. The film became a cult classic because the idea was new at that time. It has a science fiction genre with a futuristic setting showing the director’s dark view on how the future would be and what kind of life humans will have. One other thing that contributed to making this film a cult classic is its philosophical side.

    2. As seen in the movie, the future was portrayed as a world with advanced technologies. Such can be proved by the flying cars, the use of artificial intelligence, and the creation of genetically-engineered humans. But these advancements in technology also created a polluted, overpopulated world without any sign of nature.

    3. How do we define humanity?

    4. I am still torn with fact that genetically-engineered humans are programmed to respond to different situations. And by that statement, their emotions will be considered unreal. If the replicants also have feelings, emotions, and memories, then what separates our humanity to them? Maybe it will boil down to the question of who is the real human or how human are we? I am biased to the second question because I agree that sometimes other beings are more human than humans. I think being humane is being human.

  32. Judd Guzon says:

    1. I think what made it a classic was the message of the film which would treat replicates if ever they were real. This might have cause many people arguing whether the events in the movie would become a possibility or not which lead to a clash of morals. This feud is what made people keep talking about the film, thus, it became a classic.

    2. The future was portrayed just like how many other films do even until now; flying cars, high-rise buildings everywhere, new gadgets, and very advanced technology present wherever you go.

    3. For me, the important question that is asked by the film is, “where does humanity start and end?”

    4. We could get technical with the answer to the question and base all of it on the definition of humanity in the dictionary. But for me, What makes us humans are our emotions, which differ greatly from one another and is also very unstable. This is what makes us humans, but it is also what makes it difficult in judging what is truly right and wrong in this world. Love is an emotion that brings peace, but hate is also an emotion that brings war. Both are emotions that all humans have and they use in their own judgement.

  33. Dwight Sabado says:

    1. I believe what made it a cult classic is its futuristic themes and the film falling under the noir fiction category. 80’s was the time where futuristic films became large at the film industry. Adding to that the film’s noir, which includes the debate between things and actions that are considered moral and immoral. These elements of the film kept it interesting and controversial enough to become a cult classic.

    2. The future was portrayed as an age of high technological advancements. Few of these advancements shown in the film were human engineering, flying cars, advanced electronic devices, etc. Being a noir, the film also portrayed the future, through cinematography, as a dark era. Low-light shots (even during day) and the abundance of night scenes almost tells the audience that the future depicts loneliness, darkness, and presents sinister elements.

    3. What separates us as humans from the ‘replicants’?

    4. Aside from the superficial facts (i.e. life expectancy, strength, intelligence), what makes us humans different from replicants is our emotional response to evoked situations, experiences, scenarios. As stated in the film, replicants can be differentiated through their unique emotional responses which vary from the human responses. But then again, the replicants can always develop emotional cognition which is similar to what humans have; and that is also the reason why they have been limited to 4-year lifespan. Further interactions and experiences will make replicants immune to the only thing that can differentiate them from the humans. In a way, we can think of the replicants as creatures that are starting to adapt physically and emotionally to the world. What makes us humans are the unique experiences and our emotional reception towards such experiences. These things will be learned by the replicants eventually, given that their lifetime limit is removed, and then this will make them no different from the humans.

  34. Glenn Lance Mamaril says:

    1. The film is a noir, which usually has dark or dramatic tones, set in a futuristic sci-fi setting. This contrast makes it a very peculiar movie, as mainstream sci-fi of the time were Star Wars and Star Trek which while they make have dark moments, were action-packed and never really explored such an aspect of the possible future. Its rather philosophical themes, combined with this peculiar setting, may turn off people who were expecting Star Wars, but appreciated by people who may like this approach and sees beyond the preconceptions of sci-fi.

    2. The future has been portrayed with large technological advancements, though highly different from the present. The film shows flying cars, advanced image processing machines and most importantly, the self-thinking machines called replicants.Contrast this with the technology of the present, which most of these are still not achieved. There seems to be a large Japanese/Chinese/East Asian influence, as seen by the large billboards and the abundance of those people, from the person creating the replicant eyes and the random worker in the eatery at the beginning of the film.

    3. “What makes you human?”

    4. In my opinion, the major things that make someone human is their capability to have emotions and empathy. If someone can relate to the feelings of others, if someone is driven to do something due to past experiences or certain desires, that is what makes them human. From Deckard trying to console Rachael when she cries upon realizing she is not human, the moustache guy’s anger at Deckard when he killed his fellow replicant to Roy’s desire to live longer, their actions show the contrast to the ‘human’ Tyrell who was willing to create artificial life to doom them to a short life of hard and forced labour.

  35. Karinna Engracia says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    Possibly because of the unique yet probable ideas presented in the film that could easily encourage discourse and reflection of the ultimate possibility of the circumstances portrayed. The movie plays around with a concept that is already familiar to us today, of being surrounded and even constantly abusing the advancements of technology.
    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed as that abundant of technological advancements, as evident through the flying cars, advertisements screens flashed all over the city, development robotics that mimic actual human or animal DNA, and so on. It also portrays a future with humans with skewed ethics and morals, as they grow accustomed to the benefits and convenience of the available technology.
    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    I think humanity is the question evidently asked in the film, differentiating what makes one human or not, be it through technology or the ethical and moral behaviors you adhere to.
    4. What is your answer to that question?
    In the film, being human accounts to having emotional responses to certain events and situations Replicants are incapable of. I think that this emphasizes the idea that what makes us human is our emotions, and by feeling pain, sadness, remorse, etc., we allow ourselves to think, and rationalize better than any type of technology—“I think, therefore I am” concept. The setting also contributed to this notion, as the developers and creators furthered their exploration on different technologies, relinquishing the border of ethical rules, they become less human, allowing them to be likened to the Replicants.

  36. Renato Lorenzo Añel says:

    1. I think that the film’s take on sci-fi as well as the questions it asks are what made it a cult-classic. Majority of sci-fi films depict the future/space-age as an improved version of the present time. Blade Runner sets itself apart by presenting the sci-fi future as something dark. In Blade Runner, we see that society itself has not progressed much toward the ideals that we wish for the future. It’s noir approach to sci-fi makes us rethink our perception of the future—is the future automatically better than the present? Is technological progress equal to social progress? These questions, together with the philosophical questions brought up by the existence of replicants, are what, I believe, made this film a cult classic.

    2. The future was portrayed as something dark. It was not the utopian future that is often depicted in sci-fi. We saw that the future here had people living on the street. This future is one where many people still go to clubs and shady places where people (and replicants) are often objectified or whatnot. These are all despite the advancements in technology (e.g. flying cars, replicants, etc)

    3. The predominant question was about the humanity of replicants: if they can/should be considered humans as well? In essence, it asks what makes humans humans.

    4. I would not consider replicants as humans. I believe that what makes humans humans is the summation of all our experiences and being. Thus, from our birth to childhood to adolescence and adulthood, our experiences, thoughts, and emotions from these constitute our humanity. In replicants, this process is artificial and not genuine. Their memories and experiences are manufactured. Their existence cannot be equated with that of humans because the development of their being did not go through the same process as actual humans. Our humanity is then the sum total of everything that we go through as human beings.

  37. Cassandra Deluria says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    I think what made the film a cult classic was its portrayal of the future as not being too far from the present reality. In the past, all portrayals of the future tried hard to make it look so different from the present, and the fact that people could relate to the portrayal in Blade Runner made the movie a hit.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed as seedy, dirty, and with a lot of the same problems that exist in the present, such as inequality, and lack of freedom and/or mobility.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    I think the predominant question being asked in the film was: who is entitled to be treated as a human or granted rights?

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    My answer to the question is that I don’t know. The reason why the human race grants itself rights is self-interest. It is in our interest for our rights to freedom to do things and freedom from suffering to be upheld. The metric is actually arbitrary. Once humanity manages to create sentient life, it will be the debate of the millennium whether or not the human race with grant these entities the same rights humans enjoy. It’s not even a question of whether they deserve them or not, because that’s a normative questions which will only yield opinions as answers.

  38. Beatrix Santiago says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    The film was very mysterious, dark and unrealistic (during its time of release). It sparked the curiosity of the viewers and capitalized on the popularity of science fiction. The movie’s main theme is morality which was intriguing and was scary to think about. People loved these aspects of the movie and therefore, it became a cult classic.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was portrayed in a very mainstream “futuristic” manner, with the flying cars and human-like robots. There was such an advancement in technology shown in the movie that by the year 2019, these flying cars and robots were very common. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of these happening in the near future (the real 2019). Furthermore, it would seem that humans are already encountering problems with their creations during this time which shows the future as a dangerous time.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    What is humanity? What sets us apart?

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    I think humanity is the capability of doing what is just, moral and right. It is being able to feel emotions such as love, joy, sadness etc. Humanity is having compassion, being kind and feeling all these genuinely.

  39. Xerxes Tupag says:

    1. I believe it became a cult classic because of how it portrayed the future as a dystopian one.It also explored the concept of bioengineered people gaining and learning emotions as if they were naturally human.

    2. The future was portrayed as a dystopian world with really advanced technology. The movie also reminded me of the steam punk genre.

    3. What does it actually mean to be human?

    4. I think the answer would be our ability to feel empathy. We can understand and relate well with each other. So for me, replicants are also humans too. Even if they’re just bioengineered products, they have the capacity to be human as can be seen in Rachael.

  40. Marianne Bartolome says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?

    Cult classic films are characterized by its deep seated theme or critique about society. I believe that the film Blade Runner is a cult classic because it tackled on humanity and technology that is beyond what the real world has achieved. Through its portrayal of future, the film shows us possible consequences of our actions if we continue to pursue science/technology without giving regard to humanity.

    2. How was the future portrayed?

    The movie portrayed the future as dark, gloomy and polluted. Despite the futuristic vibe brought about by the technology that does not exist up to this, the whole setting still felt backward in a sense that if technology was meant to improve human life it seemed like it has failed to achieve its goal in doing so. The future looked like a residual of man’s efforts in improving lives.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    I believe that the predominant question asked in the movie was how is a replicant different from a human? Furthermore, what makes a human, human?

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    In the movie, Ford’s character used an “eye test” wherein while he asks questions to his subjects he observes their response through their eyes (Dilation and such.) With that being said, the key difference between humans and replicants is their ability to feel. Despite being given memories to the past making them seem more human, their inability to respond emotionally makes them less human. In conclusion, humans are humans because of their ability to feel emotions and to respond to these emotions.

  41. Nix Ilaga says:

    1) I believe what made the film a cult classic was how it tackled a futurist theme and how it kept the audience engaged by bringing up issues that made you think and were relatable. Instead of introducing aliens or machines as the “others”, the film used replicants/androids which blurs the line that separates us humans from “them”.

    2) The film portrayed a technologically advanced future, but in exchange for this the living conditions were worse. Pollution was evident, the streets were crowded and chaotic, and there were issues concerning occupation and housing. Instead of making you feel excited for the advancements in technology, it makes you wonder whether these innovations really is a step forward.

    3) What the film made me think about was, “How do we know when science and technology has gone too far? And when/where do we draw the line?”

    4) I believe that the answer to my question is very tricky as it would be hard to come up with a consensus due to different background in society, culture and specially religion. How different groups define life (as is the case with abortion and cloning) is already a delicate matter and if we were to apply it to the film, I don’t think the production of replicants would have been accepted to begin with, especially by the Catholic Church.

  42. Jose Gerardo E. Romero says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?
    I think what made this film a cult classic was that it wasn’t appreciated in its time. During its initial release, the film only received mixed reviews. However, interest in the film grew throughout the decades as interest in the dark, futuristic and noir-inspired theme of the movie grew as well. Its relevance to philosophical questions to what it means to be “human” makes this film a definite cult classic.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    In the film we see a future that is protrayed as a dark and technologically advanced time when humans are able to create practically exact replicates of themselves (conviniently dubbed as “Replicants”). Despite the technological advancements, this dark period carries with it a heavy feeling of depression and fear.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    I think that the film poses a question of “What it means to be human?” and “Are we then replaceable?”

    4. What is your answer to the question?
    I think the movie’s answer to this question was the presence of emotion within a human is what makes him/her human. However, for me this is not the only defining quality that makes us who we are. Aside from this, humans have a sense of identity, morality, ethics, judgement, conscience, etc. and the list goes on and on. It is the sum of many of our intangible characteristics that truly define us.

  43. Hannah Marie Perez says:

    1.What made the film a cult classic?
    I think it became a cult classic due to its dark, futuristic, and unique setting that portrayed a detailed dystopian world set in the 21st century. Given that this film was released in the 1980s, it could have gotten a lot of attention since they were still in the early period of developing technology and the futuristic nature of the film created an interesting alternative world in people’s imagination.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The atmosphere was dark, foggy, and polluted. Some technologies presented were too advanced in comparison to the reality we are facing at present, such as the flying cars. In some parts of the movie you can see people in the background wearing masks which could be due to heavy pollution brought by the excessive wastes released by growing population and technologies.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    “What makes a human, human?”

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    Memories, conscience, and emotions. We induce feelings and even connote these emotions with memories and experiences we have in life. These ‘feelings’ are what we believe are induced by the heart — not by the mind. On a similar note, conscience also brings us emotions that affect our decisions. As these elements are brought all together with the physical aspects of a human body, it creates a huge difference in contrast to the “replicants” presented in the film.

  44. ERIC JOSEPH NOBLE says:

    1. What made the film a cult classic?

    The film became a cult classic because it cared to the thirst of the people in the 1980s on what the future would look like with the advent of technological advancements and discovery. It also theorizes what would happen to society if it became so advanced and would eventually turn into a hideous society.

    2. How was the future portrayed?
    The future was illustrated with strange and dark undertones. It was filled with weird characters and almost as if it was not the Los Angeles that we know.

    3. What was the predominant question being asked in the movie?
    Does technology help us become develop humanity or does it downgrade humanity?

    4. What is your answer to that question?
    I believe technology only complicates things in our society and is driven by profit and capitalism. Thus, it downgrades as and makes the world darker and stranger. I dream of a world that is simple and more natural. Technology is good but given the wrong motive, it leads to darkness and pandamonium.

  45. Kerr says:

    1) Well, to literally answer your question, it is considered a cult classic because it performed poorly in the box office when it was released, and slowly grew in popularity over the years. It gained a “cult following.” This makes it a “cult classic.” If you feel it is boring or unengaging, then you just didn’t get a close connection to it. It’s okay to not like Blade Runner. The music and set design were definitely kick ass though.

    2) The futuristic backdrop of 2019 Los Angeles immediately sets the tone for Blade Runner. This story has its requisite outlaw hero Rick Deckard, his scandalous love interest Rachael, and plenty of action-packed chase scenes. In dystopian films, for which Blade Runner often provide the template, there is usually very little in the way of high-quality mass transit, epicurean-quality food is hard to come by, and everyone looks as if they got their fashion cues from Alice Cooper. Also, France no longer seems to exist in the future. Women wear a lot of mascara in dystopian societies. So do men. Even in the distant future, harmless, non-threatening young people will get tattoos in a desperate attempt to make themselves look scary. And as a general rule, whenever the camera descends into the lair of the rebel nerd who is trying to stymie the forces of darkness, the geeky upstart will be working on a computer that looks as if it was designed in 1978. It’s as though the smartwatch never happened.

    3) I believe that the unusual questions are meant to misdirect the subject if they are in fact a replicant. The assumption for both humans and replicants is that if you’re being asked questions in an interrogation there must be correct answers your expected to provide.

    4) It’s essentially the difference between human thinking and machine thinking, even though the replicants are very human-like. It also highlights the old verse “a guilty man runs when none persue”… So there is nothing important about the questions and no correct answers at all. It’s how the questions are asked and how the subject inquires about the line of questioning that matters more than the questions themselves.

  46. 1. A typical cult film depicts controversial or distasteful characters, activities or philosophies which the film all contains. It takes the audience to a whole new different world where we see the future and how it affected the society. A few movies have showcased aliens or robots but this film introduced a replicant which created a blurry demarcation line between being a human. This has captured the imagination of the audience, making them gasp with wonder. It created a powerful impact that left the audience with questions.

    2. In the Blade Runner, the future is portrayed as a dark, polluted and chaotic society with a great advancement of technology. The most evident of which was the creation of replicants. Replicants can be a symbol of the future’s technology that warns the audience of how dangerous the advancement of technology can be to mankind despite how it can help better our lives.
    3. The predominant question in the film that arose with the advancement of technology was, “What makes a human human?”.

    4. At the beginning of the film, a test was conducted to see whether someone is a replicant or a human. From this, I can say that humans are created with feelings and emotions. Despite how similar a replicant is to a human, humans are still superior to replicants as they were created by the former. Similarly, this is God is in our lives as we believe that there is a higher being who created us and that we are far different from Him. Replicants are way different from replicants. Humans have the ability to think and act independently. We have the capability of not only having our own memories alone but also experiencing these.

  47. 1. I believe that Blade Runner was considered a cult classic because of its futuristic setting. During the time of the film’s release, technology was not as highly developed compared to the present which I think made the audience captivated all throughout. The movie was very dark and so were the depiction of the characters.
    2. Since the movie is a dystopian film, the future was technologically advanced but at the same time experienced a great . amount of chaos. It introduced an innovative race called the Replicants, not too far being considered as humans. It showed the capabilities of humans inventing something possibly as smart (or more) than them. The future showed that despite all these advancements, more problems arose.
    3. What makes Replicants different from humans?
    4. For me, they are one and the same for as long as they know the difference between right and wrong. In the film, it showed that one of the Replicants was even capable of emotions.

  48. 1. I believe that Blade Runner was considered a cult classic because of its futuristic setting. During the time of the film’s release, technology was not as highly developed compared to the present which I think made the audience captivated all throughout. The movie was very dark and so were the depiction of the characters.
    2. Since the movie is a dystopian film, the future was technologically advanced but at the same time experienced a great amount of chaos. It introduced an innovative race called the Replicants, not too far being considered as humans. It showed the capabilities of humans inventing something possibly as smart (or more) than them. The future showed that despite all these advancements, more problems arose.
    3. What makes Replicants different from humans?
    4. For me, they are one and the same for as long as they know the difference between right and wrong. In the film, it showed that one of the Replicants was even capable of emotions.

  49. Kristine Pia says:

    1.The film became a cult classic because it was more than just a sci-fi movie. Despite the fact that it flopped at the cinema on its release, it gave rise to many intriguing questions regarding topics like the creation and its creator. It gave a glimpse on what may happen in the future with too much science and technology without considering the effects on the society. Artificial intelligence was progressing in the course of the film and the obsession towards creating a human through it was at the hike.

    2.The future was portrayed with too much advancements on technology and innovations like the flying cars and the perfect AI robots. A narration was shown to give details as to how blade runners arise which is due to the Nexus robots that should be eliminated since humans to which they were replicated after naturally die.

    3. The predominant question was about the ethics of creating human robots.

    4. There are various ethical questions regarding artificial intelligence. But we must remember that technological progress means better lives for everyone. Though artificial intelligence has many desirable potential, it also may entails consequences that cannot be undone. Thus, there must be a responsible implementation and a lot of considerations that should be taken into account which are all up to us.

  50. John Vincent Portugal says:

    1.) A film becomes a cult classic if it acquires a passionate fan base. Blade Runner became one due to a lot of reasons. In a lot of Hollywood movies, questions are asked and answers are provided throughout the story. What Blade Runner did was to raise questions and not present the answers. This left the viewers hanging and wondering up to the point of holding discussions and formulating theories that would answer the questions in the film. Because of these theories, others gained interest in the movie. Also, Blade Runner is a mixture of film noir and science fiction which at that time was an uncommon combination of film genres.
    2.) In the film, the future was portrayed as a world with great advancement in technology. There were flying cars, artificial animals, off-world colonies, and most important of all, Replicants. They are genetically engineered humanoids made of organic material. Despite the technological advancement, the future was shown to be dystopic: cities were overly crammed; there were off-world colonies hinted that Earth was not as pleasant as it was before; there were bloody mutinies by the Replicants due to mankind’s abuse of power. The film showed how technology greatly affected the society in good and bad ways.
    3.) Throughout the film, there’s one question which was frequently asked by the characters: What does it mean to be human?
    4.) To be human is having the capability to feel emotions, think independently, and empathize with others.

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