A few weeks ago, I saw Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner for the first time. It was the director’s cut, and from reading the back of the box, I’m glad I saw this version and not the theatrical release, which supposedly had narration and other things that would have made it cheesy.
I was really impressed with it. Most movies of this type are tyrannical. Right at the beginning they tell you “These characters are good. You will cheer for them,” and “These characters are bad. You will hate them.” Blade Runner didn’t do that. It was morally indifferent and Naturalistic. I watched it twice in two days, and I never do that, so I must have liked it a lot.
I am, however, puzzled by a few things. Mostly the “love scene” between Harrison Ford and Sean Young. Here’s the sequence of events I saw, and you can tell me if I’m reading the scene wrong:
She tries to leave his apartment. She opens the door to leave, but he overtakes her and slams it shut with a menacing, teeth-clenched look on his face. He puts his arms around her and tells her “I need you to kiss me.” She starts to say something in protest, but he interrupts her and growls “Say ‘Kiss me’”. Obviously afraid, she complies, and tells him to kiss her. He whispers something else I couldn’t quite make out, to which she reluctantly responds “I want you to… put your hands on me,” in a tone of voice that sounds like she’s afraid for her life. Then he kisses her, hard, and they cut away, the implication being that they then had something resembling sex, I guess.
Then at the end of the movie, he creeps back into his apartment, she’s still there, he kisses her and asks him if she loves him and if she trusts him, and she responds “I love you,” and “I trust you” (What the hell is she going to say? She’s a hunted woman and he might be her only hope for survival). Then they leave, and I guess we’re supposed to assume he spirits her away to relative safety.
Like I said, morality has no meaning in this film. It seems like the replicants are the only ones with a sense of right and wrong, warped though it may or may not have been (I was totally rooting for them by the end, incidentally). But am I wrong in thinking that the relationship between Deckard and Rachel is exploitive and unequal, and that the “love scene” was more like a “rape scene”?