A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K, discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to humanity. The discovery leads him to Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who disappeared thirty years ago.
With one month to go until the release of Blade Runner: 2049 this nerd is hot with anticipation. I was a functioning automaton when the first Blade Runner film came out in 1982 and like most kids at the time was enamored with the dreary landscapes, avant-garde visuals and otherworldly characters. Oh and it had replicants so…there’s that.
And what’s nice is that in a cinematic landscape dominated by sequels, remakes, reboots, rehashes and revivals it appears as though they have finally gotten one right. And when you’re making a sequel to one of the rare sci-fi films selected to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, you’d better get it right.
Here’s the latest trailer…
So, after a very successful San Diego Comic-Con presentation at Hall H, including a holographic Jared Leto, hype is building for this sci-fi sequel. All the stars were on hand including Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford to talk about their passion for this project and what the fans had in store. They also shared a few secrets as well.
You can watch that panel HERE.
If you’ve been following this site then you know we’ve covered this film extensively so we won’t rehash details we’ve already discussed rather look at some more recent developments.
Just like the first, Blade Runner: 2049 has officially received an ‘R’ rating and recently director Dennis Villeneuve has stated that the rating is a result of the film satisfying the MPAA’s levels of “violence, some sexuality, nudity and language”. Ryan Gosling has also mentioned in several interviews that this film will be “more brutal” than the first. The similarities don’t end there as great efforts have been made to capture the mood and intensity of the first film.
Speaking of comparisons, the runtime for the new film was recently released. Blade Runner 2049 will be 2 hours and 32 minutes long plus 11 minutes of credits. That’s a whole 46 minutes longer than the original in 1982 which ran 1 hour and 57 minutes.
A more recent addition has been film composer superstar Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Dunkirk) who will now work alongside Villeneuve favorite Johann Johannsson (Arrival, Sicario). The combination of these two should provide the moody atmospheric quality and dramatic weight the first score and composer Vangelis created.
We mentioned in earlier posts that cinematographer Roger Deakins seems like a natural fit for this film with his extensive experience on films such as No County for Old Men, Skyfall and Prisoners. The trailers and images we’ve seen to date show off Deakins’ spectacular photography and employ beautifully eerie imagery and striking landscaping. Great efforts have been made to make Blade Runner 2049 evoke felicity and familiarity so that the viewer is immersed almost instantly. This is likely very smart as the audience won’t waste any time trying to figure out what world this is and can focus squarely on the characters.
Speaking of story, while details surrounding it are still scarce and all involved are remaining tight-lipped (as they should) we can certainly surmise a few things from the footage thus far. It’s clear Jared Leto’s character “Niander Wallace” is playing the antagonist opposite Gosling’s hero. Gosling’s “Officer K” is dispatched by Robin Wright’s Lieutenant Joshi to find former Blade Runner Deckard looking for information that could save the human race which is in peril. Wallace, who is the “father” to all current replicants, the new and improved Nexus 9’s, seems to have a vested interest in insuring the information Deckard has does not see the light of day.
One of Gosling’s pursuers, dispatched by Wallace, is Dave Bautista who may or may not be a replicant himself, that much has not been revealed. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he did reveal his characters name…
“I’m actually terrified about giving out any spoilers. The NDA on that film is ridiculous… I don’t know for sure if it’s been announced or not. I’ll give you the name of my character. My character’s name is Sapper Morton.”
So beyond that plot simplification, the rest is very intricate and full of spoilers so I won’t get into it because you can find that information should you choose to go down that rabbit hole. And all involved have iron clad NDA’s so they’re not saying much either. Luckily for us we’re going into this thing relatively blind, which is refreshing for this usually over saturated market.
A very cool thing the Blade Runner team also released was this video which goes over the timeline of events taking us from the original film, set in the year 2019, to the current state of things. You can watch that video HERE and I highly recommend it.
Of course above it all is the big question that looms. Is Deckard is a replicant or not? Ford maintains that he is a Nexus-6 while Ridley Scott has always maintained otherwise. The fact that he’s aged seems to indicate he’s human but there’s always a case to be made that in making them seem as human as possible, an aging algorithm was placed inside the Nexus-6.
Good news is we don’t have long to wait to find out which is great because I’ve been waiting almost my whole life!
Blade Runner 2049 hits theatres October 6, 2017.
Till next time…