What a glorious spectacle, a delicious feast for the senses and dessert for the mind.
Being a die hard fan of the original I was hopeful, but sceptical for how this film might turn out. Since the originals flop debut in 1982 it has gone on to influence and inspire many popular and successful productions since. The original movie is starting to show its age a little now, as too are many classic sci-fi creations. Future tech envisioned in the past doesn’t stand up too well today. So roll on Blade Runner 2049.
The moment the futuristic vista came into view it was clear my fears could be put to rest. The Director Denis Villeneuve treated this project with the utmost respect to the original, but infused it with a broader extended vision. With this interpretation, quality was at the top of the agenda. Across the board production is of a very high calibre with a level of detail matched only by its creative imagination and scope.
Here the set up is similar to the original, but it diverts along a different path revealing a hidden depth the original didn’t cover. This film is steeped in sexuality that informs many quizzical themes throughout its discourse. It’s thought provoking to ponder the future of sexuality and its purpose beyond procreation. With reproduction being such a fundamental animalistic drive, in a future where technology reproduces for us what is our purpose and how do we reconcile our existence?
As the main protagonist Officer K, played expertly by Ryan Gosling goes about his official duties we get to see the improvements of his superior replicant design over previous models. It’s so interesting to observe his interactions both with humans and other replicant models and the subtle interplay of their drives and motivations. It’s through them that we are able to get a better understanding of ourselves. Its almost like we need a mirror of technology to appreciate the phenomena of our own organic existence.
There’s so much to discuss with this movie, a fantastic semblance of subtle obscurity and penetrating insistence. (that sounds a bit disturbing, guess I’m on the right track). It’s very telling of our predominantly sensing society that this sequel didn’t do so well at the box office either. So perhaps this may be more of a fascination for intuitive feeling types?
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