Welcome to 2049
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.