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Blade Runner: The Final Cut (R)

Presented by The Center for Film and Media Studies at The University of Cincinnati

This series uses film to examine both the promise and peril of Artificial Intelligence (AI). As humanity becomes increasingly dependent on machines, the growth of AI will remake not only how people interact with technology, but fundamentally how society operates. AI has the potential to affect nearly every facet of our lives from our work and government to who we socialize with and how. Far from being the prospect of some distant future, AI has already been adapted to revolutionize fields as disparate as finance, entertainment and politics. In the face of such radical change, movies like Her and Blade Runner provide opportunities to explore the wider issues of how humanity will interact with sentient machines and, perhaps more ominously, how they might engage with us. While the films in this series each takes a strikingly different approaches to the subject AI, they all touch upon the central questions of how humanity and AI may interact and how human society might evolve. That is, if humanity survives…

We end this series with BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT This film will be introduced and followed by a Q&A discussion with Heidi Maibom, Department of Philosophy

*Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott’s definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants--and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul.

Catch the Whole Series (7:00pm)!

October 7 - EX MACHINA (Tanja Nusser, Department of German Studies and Film & Media Studies and Udo Greinacher, DAAP)

October 14 - HER (Michael Jones, Department of Economics)

October 21 - WARGAMES (Richard Harknett and Gregory Winger, Department of Political Science)

November 4 - BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT (Heidi Maibom, Department of Philosophy)

Showtimes for
Monday, November 4



SciFi/Fantasy , Drama
1 hr. 57 min.
Opened October 5th, 2007


Ridley Scott


Philip K. Dick
Hampton Fancher


Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young
Edward James Olmos
M. Emmet Walsh
Daryl Hannah
William Sanderson
Brion James
Joe Turkel
Joanna Cassidy

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