Blade Runner: a multi-generic film
A multi-generic film is one that combines more than one genre (Dick 76). Such films incorporate film noir and science fiction, horror and comedy, western and musical, to mention but a few. Blade Runner is a god example of a multi-generic movie. It combines film noir and science fiction.
Such a combination is appropriate for Blade Runner. The conventions of film noir define the style used in this movie. The film incorporates elements such as low key lighting and offbeat compositions and bizarre angles in some scenes. All these emphasize on the subject matter.
Blade Runner is unique such that the traditional conventions of film noir cannot support the expected signified. The film refuses to follow a traditional route. Instead, it contradicts the expected conventions. For instance, the plot suggests that the movie will focus on the investigation of a corrupt urban environment. Such an expectation is defied when replicants are introduced, and the result is raising concerns over moral implications of genetic engineering.
Science fiction, on the other hand, has been incorporated and is identifiable through visual motifs. These include the flying vehicles, replacement of real animals with cloned ones, and the use of advanced technology in everyday life. The use of science fiction is important in character complexity. Additionally, it aids in theme development.
Science fiction also solicits for emotional reactions. One is torn between morality an embracing the technological advancements that assist in scientific discoveries. Viewers can be sympathetic towards people’s replication, or they can fear for them. This genre is mainly responsible for creating suspense in the film.