Following my newly acquired taste in anything cyberpunk, I was unfortunate to have watched Ridley Scott's Blade Runner only recently. I remember the constant thoughts I had while watching and couldn't believe that this movie was released in 1982.
The film was definitely way ahead of its time and although it garnered mixed reactions from critics back in the day, the movie's relevance and themes have deepened over time and it grew to become a cult classic. Blade Runner served as a major influence to many similarly-themed movies and video games that followed; one being 1995's Ghost in the Shell.
For those who have yet to hear about it, the original Blade Runner was a neo-noir film set in a futuristic dystopian society where genetically engineered AIs called Replicants are banned from Earth, limited only to work in off-world colonies.
When a Replicant breaks the law and
enters Earth, police officers known as "Blade Runners" are sent to destroy it. Since
Replicants look very much like humans, Blade Runners use a polygraph-ish
machine to distinguish the robots from mankind. The movie touches on subjects
of identity and examining humanity as whole.
Three decades later and we're finally getting a sequel. Blade Runner 2049 is set 30 years after the events of the first film and features a new blade runner named "K" (Ryan Gosling). After discovering a long-buried secret that has "the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos", K goes on a quest to find Han Solo - sorry, I mean Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who was the star of the first film.
Even if you have not watched the original movie, this is still something to look forward to. It's got an interesting cast ensemble that includes Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, MacKenzie Davis, and more. The sequel seems to be visually stunning as well, replicating the strengths of the original film.
Ridley Scott is not at the helm anymore but he still is the executive producer. His replacement is none other than Denis Villeneuve, the same guy behind the Oscar-nominated sci-fi film Arrival.
With standards set high, the hype is real for the movie series' fans. Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters this October 6.