Wel­come to 2049

Vocable (All English) - - Sommaire - ÉMILIE COCHAUD RÉDACTRICE EN CHEF

When the film, Blade Run­ner, was first re­leased in the United States in 1982, the crit­ics were fairly am­biva­lent in their re­sponse. How­ever, The New Yorker mag­a­zine called it “wor­thy of a place in film his­tory for its dis­tinc­tive sci-fi vi­sion”, which has turned out to be case. Rev­o­lu­tion­ary for its time, cross­ing a po­lice drama with science-fic­tion, Blade Run­ner in­spired a whole gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers and film­go­ers.

Ri­d­ley Scott pre­sented his vi­sion of a Los An­ge­les of the fu­ture, con­stant night, con­stant rain, with only neon signs for light­ing. The story takes place in 2019, in a world where an­droids or ‘repli­cants’, are in the ser­vice of hu­mankind. When they rebel against their con­di­tions, a spe­cial unit of ‘Blade Run­ners’ are called in to elim­i­nate them. This is a strange and fas­ci­nat­ing story, with a cen­tral moral and philo­soph­i­cal ques­tion run­ning through it: what is it that de­fines be­ing ‘hu­man’?

Now, more than thirty years later, the se­quel, Blade Run­ner 2049, tells the rest of the story. Hap­pily for its fans, Har­ri­son Ford re­turns in the role of of­fi­cer Rick Deckard, for­mer repli­cant hunter. This time though, it is a cer­tain ‘K’ (Ryan Gosling) who asks him to come back…

Blade Run­ner 2049, di­rected by De­nis Vil­leneuve, in cin­e­mas from 4 Oc­to­ber.

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