The Movie That Changed My Life

The Movie That Changed My Life: Sister Series to The Book That Changed My Life

“Movies are thought-provoking” – Natoya Raymond

The next person who would like to share their life-changing movie is my friend, Matthew Gedraitis, an English Education major!

M&L: Matthew, what movie was life-changing for you and why?

Matthew: The original Blade Runner from 1982. I first saw this movie when I was in middle school and it completely changed my perspective as to what movies could be.

Beforehand, I watched a lot of classic blockbusters like Jurassic Park and E.T. but Blade Runner was a different beast. While those previous films are fun and imaginative, Blade Runner had a lot more going on with its story.

The themes it worked with were thought-provoking and applicable, especially today. 

M&L: I see, so what specific character/characters resonated the most for you in the movie and why?

Matthew: The character of Roy Batty is the stand-out in this movie.

I don’t want to get too much into it but the gist is, he’s a replicant with a limited life span of 4 years. The search for his creator to be granted more life is such an interesting story.

It made me ask questions like what is a meaningful life and if there is a certain length of time needed to make a meaningful life. I’m not doing the best job of explaining it, but it’s amazing. 

M&L: Don’t worry Matthew, I get what you are saying! Next question, what specific scene touched you the most?

Matthew: The final scene, with Roy Batty’s “Tears in Rain” monologue. It’s iconic and that is for good reason, it’s such a touching and human moment. It really stuck with me when I first watched it and I think about it a good deal. 

M&L: Finally, how would you recommend/pitch this movie in one line?

The rapid advancement of AI leads to androids that achieve sentience. How do we as humans approach that?