This week the world get to see a sequel to Blade Runner
that has been promised, withdrawn, promised again, and teased for several decades. The original film has had many cuts: director's cut, the "we found footage cut," the "this isn't quite it but we're getting close" cut, the "superior" cut, etc. In all of them, it is a slow-burning noire detective story swirled together in a science-fiction dystopian vision of the future (which essentially describes the entire cyberpunk genre). It's also (supposedly) pretentious as hell, because "pretension" just means artsy. There are those of us out here who welcome pretension in Ridley Scott movies. For lack of a better explanation, a dumb viewer needs to be self-aware that it's their stupidity that holds them back. After all, it's not the responsibility of every art object to make itself understandable to halfwits. That being said, Blade Runner 2049
promises to be all this and more.
Say what you will about Blade Runner,
but it was a movie that accomplished many things. For its star, Harrison Ford, it broke the typecasting he might have fallen victim to (Mark Hamill was never able to escape this bear trap). And the sequel may also be significant in one way: Ryan Gosling might have to change his facial expression at least once. I kid I kid! I love Ryan Gosling, but you have to admit that he does have a remarkably unchanging facial expression at all times. And even in "stoic face" gosling is a pleasure to look at (I know the ladies will at least agree).
And there are Blade Runner
purists out there a plenty, but early reviews have basically pegged the sequel as being a masterpiece, so I expect criticism to be few and far between. There will always be those that insist that Blade Runner
should have been laid to rest, allowed to bask in its enduring glory forever, untainted by sequel, prequel, sidequel, upquel, downquel, or diagonalquel. But those people need to shut up now. The original was a film that continues to infect the thoughts of many long after the final credits rolled. This means it was good enough to warrant caring about what happened, but complex enough to require some actual thought to fully understand what we all saw.
So that you can be prepared for Blade Runner 2049
, here is a run down via Comic-Con San Diego that was posted back in July (that details the events that occurred between the original Blade Runner
and the monster sequel due out this week).
2019: Blade Runner Rick Deckard flees Los Angeles with a replicant named Rachael (obviously there's going to be questions answered like, "what has Deckard been doing with Rachael all this time?" I doubt it has been doing origami).
2020: The Tyrell Corporation introduces a new replicant model, the Nexus 8S, which has extended lifespans.
2022: An EMP detonation causes a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world.
2023: A Replicant prohibition is put into effect.
2025: A new company, Wallace Corp., solves the global food shortage and becomes a massive super power.
2030: Replicant prohibition is repealed.
2049: Life on Earth has reached its limit and society divides between Replicant and Human.
I gotta admit. This has got me excited guys! Anyone else planning on seeing it?