Blade Runner 2049, It has been more than 35 years since the
Release of Blade Runner (1982). A hallmark in the cyberpunk genre, this film tells the story of Rick Deckard, a reserved policeman who is assigned as a “blade runner,” a job which requires him to track humanoid robots known as “replicants” and killed them. To test whether an individual is a replicant or human, a test is given, which will determine their status based on their responses.
Directed by Ridley Scott, who three years prior directed Alien, Blade Runner became a cult classic and received unanimous acclaims. Blade Runner received praise for its extensive world-building, philosophical dilemma, and incredible visual in portraying a dystopian future. Blade Runner has influenced many works of various mediums and was chosen to be preserved in the US. National Film Registry. Its humongous impact on pop culture and science fiction genre is immeasurable.
Blade Runner 2049 is set decades after the event in Blade Runner. Helmed by Denis Villeneuve, the director of critically acclaimed films Arrival, Sicario, and Prisoners, it tells the story of a replicant, K, played by Ryan Gosling, who works for the police force as a blade runner. He has to track rebelling replicants and kill them, in a world where replicants are treated as slaves.
During his visit to a farm to kill a replicant named Sapper Morton, he finds a female replicant buried under the tree. The female replicant has c-section wounds, which indicates that replicants can reproduce. K’s supervisor, Lt. Joshi, orders K to tract and kills the replicant child. During his visit to Wallace Corporation, the manufacturer of replicants, its staff identifies the deceased female replicant as Rachel, the replicant who had a romantic relationship with Rick Deckard, a blade runner from the previous film. Wallace Corporation leader Niander Wallace seeks to find out the secret of replicant reproduction and assigns his replicant Luv to track Rachel’s child and follow K. This starts a cat and mouse game between K and Luv.
Blade Runner 2049 seeks to continue the story from Blade Runner but expands the world of the previous movie further by showing its bleakness far into the future. Visual delights depicting neon-lighted skyscrapers, massive human holograms, and flying spaceships are scattered throughout the film. There are also vast plains and deserts, with dark palettes, absence of foliage, and brooding mists, showing the decay of life and humanity. Several narratives are employed, which will make its viewers contemplate morality, genetic engineering, urban blight, and the overwhelming presence of technology.
Blade Runner 2049 is a visual spectacle with great performances, direction, and cinematography. Despite its disappointing box office, it received praise from critics, who hailed it as one of the best films of 2017. Its faithfulness to the original while extending it to intriguing progression will excite the fans and new viewers with a long, enthralling journey.