BLADE RUN­NER

Siz­ing up the lon­gawaited se­quel

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The cur­rent era of cin­ema may very well be marked by re­boots and long-awaited se­quels of beloved old fran­chises. Many of the year’s big movies fall un­der this cat­e­gory: It, Six Bil­lion

Dol­lar Man, and Ju­manji are all re­vivals and ex­ten­sions of much older ti­tles. But among this lot, the most promis­ing is Blade Run­ner 2049, the se­quel to 1982’s Blade Run­ner. It’s taken 35 years for this fol­low-up to Ri­d­ley Scott’s sci-fi noir opus, which in it­self is enough to put 2049 in the run­ning to be among 2017’s big­gest films.

The orig­i­nal Blade Run­ner was set in 2019, and was about a dystopian earth in which “repli­cants” or ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered an­droids are cre­ated to work on hu­man colonies on other plan­ets. Some of these repli­cants oc­ca­sion­ally man­age to es­cape to earth, where they must be hunted down by po­lice of­fi­cers called “blade run­ners.” The new movie ex­pands the same uni­verse with the same gen­eral premises.

Sim­ple math will tell you that the events of 2049 take place 30 years hence. Ryan Gosling stars this time around, as Of­fi­cer K, a new blade run­ner who “un­earths a long-buried se­cret that has the po­ten­tial to plunge what’s left of so­ci­ety into chaos.” The rev­e­la­tion leads K to Rick Deckard (the main char­ac­ter of the first Blade

Run­ner, and a role reprised by Har­ri­son Ford) who’s been miss­ing since the events of the first movie (kind of like some­thing Ford’s friend, Mark Hamill, did re­cently).

Apart from that, much of the plot has been kept un­der wraps up un­til the month be­fore the film’s re­lease. How­ever, Warner Bros. did put out three “in-world” short films as teasers and back­ground-set­ters for 2049. The first of the three, en­ti­tled 2036: Nexus Dawn, gave us a look at the an­tag­o­nist: Sci­en­tist Nian­der Wal­lace (played by Jared Leto). It also showed that the pro­duc­tion of repli­cants has been out­lawed, but Wal­lace goes ahead and makes his own new repli­cants, which he in­sists will be per­fectly obe­di­ent (yeah, sure).

2049 also stars Ana de Ar­mas in what may turn out to be a break­out role; as well as Robin Wright, Macken­zie Davis, and Batista in his next big gig since play­ing Drax in Guardians of The

Gal­axy. At the helm is di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve, whose two most re­cent pre­vi­ous works were

Si­cario and Ar­rival. Both were ex­cel­lent and crit­i­cally ac­claimed films that dis­played an in­cred­i­ble ca­pac­ity for han­dling emo­tion and moral am­bi­gu­ity. Ar­rival in par­tic­u­lar was a beau­ti­ful and com­plex work of sci­ence-fic­tion cin­ema that proves Vil­leneueve wor­thy of Blade

Run­ner and its philo­soph­i­cal themes. In­ti­ma­tions of se­quel (and even a pre­quel) have been float­ing around for al­most 20 years now—some dat­ing as far back as 1999, and some even con­sid­er­ing Christo­pher Nolan for the di­rec­tor’s seat. None have panned out un­til now, which puts a lot of pres­sure on 2049. But based on ev­ery­thing we’ve seen so far, the new film looks equal to the task.

more hu­man than hu­man

SWIFT’S EGO UPON MEET­ING HIDDLESTON AF­TER BREAKUP

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