May 9 2017

Blade Runner 2049 trailer – Replicants as far as the eye can see

I enjoy the work of Denis Villeneuve, but I’m still not convinced we need this movie.

The original 1982 Blade Runner is an undeniable classic. Ridley Scott masterfully constructed a vision of the future that would influence movies for decades to come. There was talk for years of a sequel, but things just never seemed to come together until recently and that is what you see in the trailer that was released on Monday.

Without Scott directing this time around, duties were handed off to Denis Villeneuve whose previous work includes Sicario and Arrival. Both films are fantastic, but to follow up one of the most iconic films of the 1980s is going to be a tall order for anyone. It seems from looking at this trailer he went for a stark emptiness compared to Scott’s cluttered grime of the original.

Even going beyond the look of the film, you have to wonder if we really need a continuation of this story. What can possibly be said about the morality of replicant use that was summed up by Roy Batty’s rooftop death scene?

Of course a sequel does nothing to lessen the original film, but… yeah, whatever, I’ll still see it… and then come home and watch the original again.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on Oct. 6.

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