A Dystopian World of Replicants

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Last week, while driving for my sister as we headed to her condo, she asked me if I already watched Blade Runner 2049 and I remembered that I haven’t posted my review yet for the film. My apologies about that. I can safely say that it’s because of two things, one – I’ve been a tad too busy about certain happenings in my personal life and second – I was deeply contemplating how I really felt about the film. The film was almost three hours long and it was one of the films that had everyone in rapt attention. I fully expected to be blown away since initial reviews and tweets said that it was full of sci-fi goodness. Instead, it felt like the middle of a saga and an introduction of sorts. It had a compelling story alright, it just wasn’t the one I was expecting. Oh and I think it’s not just me who feels like there would be a third film.

The first Blade Runner film was in 1982, I was just a year old back then and it showed a dystopian future of 2019. Imagine that, we’re almost near that year and we still don’t have flying cars! Anyway, Blade Runner 2049 takes place in the year… yep you guessed it 2049.
Here we follow K (Ryan Gosling) as he takes on missions to rid the world of stray old model Replicants incapable of submission. His encounters led him to discover a rare miracle wherein a Replicant was able to conceive and the child had lived. The discovery led to the hunt for the child.

Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), now the world’s supreme leader plots to retrieve the miracle child in order to carry out his end game that has yet to come to fruition. The search for the child eventually took K on a path that united him with Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

The first movie received somewhat mixed response from critics. It generated a cult following all its own. This reminded me so much of Pitch Black, which was also received poorly at the Box Office but became a cult classic. I honestly tried to watch the first Blade Runner movie but I wasn’t used to the pacing of 80’s movies and I fell asleep.

I truly had high hopes for Blade Runner 2049 and thinking it through now made me realize of the underlying themes in the film. One is the possibility of co-existing with androids who can move, think and be more like humans than we can possibly comprehend.

Two is the moral implications of such interactions. Think it through, we might think it’s abominable now but if AI is indeed going to be part of our inevitable future, just think of the possibilities.

The movie may be almost three hours long but when it ended, I had so many questions! There were so many loose ends when the end credits came up and since this became sort of a hit, I think it’s safe to say that there will be a third film, the question now is, do we wait thirty or so years again before we see it?

Blade Runner Movie Review

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 photo cher100_zpsb08016be.jpg   Cher is a practicing Filipino Interior Designer, a full-time blogger and aspiring calligrapher with a passion to discover and learn new things. Follow her on Twitter for more updates and please like her Facebook Page too, you'll find something interesting, inspiring and fun posts there daily. Check out her Mindbox for movies and lifestyle updates. If you're an aspiring calligrapher and an art enthusiast, say hello at Cher's Creative Space.

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