Blade Runner 2049 honors original and opens up new territory

Kelvin Reese
October 6, 2017

If you loved seeing him break during last week's Saturday Night Live, you'll probably dig this goofy and hilarious interview that Ryan Gosling did with Harrison Ford.

A Blade Runner is a detective whose job is to retire (kill) replicants who have gone rogue.

In 2040, the LA Police Department re-established its Blade Runner unit. In fact, if we are asked about one specific actress and her character, it is requested we respond, "We meet many striking characters over the course of the film, and she is one of them".

Denis Villeneuve was "scared" about making "Blade Runner 2049". While carrying out missions for his boss, Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright), K also tries to solve this new personal mystery.

Denis Villeneuve's respectful sequel, set 30 years later, has preserved much of the original's DNA. "Blade Runner 2049" has its action-oriented thrills, but they take a back seat to K's personal journey of the mind and a vision of the hopeful preservation of miracle and memory, the flowered weed somehow surviving on rocky ground, the woodwork of art handcrafted from the long-forgotten tree.

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PLOT In a future Los Angeles, a cop who hunts humanoid "replicants" discovers a life-changing secret.

Villeneuve wraps up his instalment more decisively, and thankfully avoids repeating the problem of his most recent previous film - 2016's Arrival - where a slow, introspective, philosophical movie was brought down just short of the finish line by a bathetic injection of sentimentality.

"Blade Runner 2049", despite a number of impressive credentials behind the scenes, and an impressive cast, had a lot stacked against it.

It's what I did to get me primed and ready to go for the 2049 version.

Blade Runner 2049 opens Friday. The 1982 original was a film that didn't exactly do so hot at the box office, and it only achieved classic status years later with the release of the Director's Cut in 1992. In addition to the standard "What makes someone human?" stuff that was farmed in from the first movie, one character references a metaphorical wall that separates us, and the weird, unpredictable Los Angeles weather winks at some particularly extreme climate change. He doesn't want to undercut his own movie by teasing what's next - he wants you focused on the here and now. Suffice it to say that the screenplay (by original Blade Runner scripter Hampton Fancher and Logan's Michael Green) cross-pollinates its Philip K. Dick roots by dipping into the questions of "implanted memories", that "K" ends up searching for the first film's protagonist Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), and that the film winkingly leans into the "Blade Runner Curse" by featuring prominent advertisements for Pan-Am and Atari, among others. He is tasked with taking out 4 replicants who have gone rogue.

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