Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
A group of violent, evasive and increasingly humanistic replicants known as the Nexus-6 -- genetically engineered beings who have been forced into slavery in off-world colonies -- have come back to earth despite being banned from entry. They're searching for their maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell, who runs the almighty Tyrell corporation and has created the androids with a fixed lifespan -- something none of them take too kindly to. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is the retired blade runner -- a special police unit -- who is assigned to hunt the Nexus-6 and "retire" them once and for all.
Ostensibly, Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi film 'Blade Runner,' based on Philip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,' is an action film and a style exercise -- but the message he grazes within his chase scenes and elegant decay is one of the things Dick focused on in his book: how far are we willing to pursue technology when our own humanity is at stake? Dick's bigger messages are far more interesting, complex and beautifully weird, but Scott has been pretty vocal about not wanting to dip his toe into those waters (the fact that he never actually read the entire book is a total bummer).