Inspired by film noir, Ridley Scott’s revolutionary sci-fi Blade Runner (1982) gave birth to the Tech-Noir sub-genre as we know it today. Its depiction of a gloomy 2019 Los Angeles has served as the connotation of what the architecture of futuristic cities might look like, at least in our imaginations. These are some of the prime factors that resulted in making Blade Runner a cult classic.
So when the trailer for Warner Bros. Blade Runner 2049 came out, it was clear that comparisons were going to be made, judgements were going to be passed, Ryan Gosling was still going to look cute (gotcha!). But so far, all the trailers and featurettes released by Warner are garnering a huge fan following for this dystopian world that is about to unleash this weekend.
Here is Blade Runner 2049’s official synopsis –
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Here are a few reasons why we feel that Dennis Villeneuve’s efforts in making Blade Runner 2049 as surreal as possible are going to pay off.
1.The 2049 LA is Gloomier
The film has some standalone elements from the 1982 film and one of them is the depiction of a dystopian Los Angeles. The trailer shows Ryan walking through the ever shady by-alleys as floating war machines pass by him, giving the city of LA an alienated feel.
2.Bringing The Old In New
Blade Runner is full of iconic dialogues that both relate to the film’s unique sci-fi world and the wider themes of what it is to be alive. One such line, “Replicates are like any other machine, they’re either a benefit or are a hazard. If they’re a benefit it’s not my problem,” which was originally said by Harrison Ford is reused as a narrative in the trailer. We don’t know if you see what is happening here, but 2049 has already captured the likes of masses across the world.
3.Introducing Ryan As ‘K
Gosling’s lead character is blade runner K, who discovers a dark secret and goes on a self-motivated mission to find the missing Deckard. Believe or not but Deckard and K have some serious similarities - Gosling is only a few years younger than Ford was in 1982, but he’s also playing a regular replicant-hunting cop who finds himself on a dangerous new adventure sporting a similar stoicism and wearing variations on the same clothing.
In the hideaway, K finds a piano covered in dust which has been in dust for decades. This is an essential call-back to one of the most hotly debated moments in Blade Runner, and with it the film’s defining mystery. Unfortunately for the mystery to unfold, we’ll have to wait till the film releases.
5.Harrison Returning As Deckard
“I did your job once. I was good at it,” says Deckard as he comes out of shadows confronting K, with a weapon. This is Ford reprising his second iconic role after Han Solo this decade (with a third, Indiana Jones, coming in 2019) and he looks pretty much as you would expect – a recluse removed of his blade running days and pretty shaky with a gun.
With such spine-chilling moments in the trailer itself, chances of Dennis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 turning into a cult favourite for today’s audiences are definitely mounted.
And with Jared Leto filling in the void of a powerful antagonist, who is blind, we are convinced that 2049 will topple the expectations of the audience.
You can find the trailer of the film below –
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