"‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a sci-fi masterpiece. Breathtaking in its’ decrepitude. A classic right out of the box." by Ronald Douglas Frazier is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Why Blade Runner 2048 was a mythical sequel

Blade Runner 2048 was a legendary sequel

Blade Runner 2049 was so sensational and intense that it has countless Blade Runner and Sci-fi fans declaring it more entertaining than the 1982 Blade Runner. It’s hard to fathom, right? The Ryan Gosling (known as K) AND Harrison Ford starred feature delivered exciting drama, eye-opening graphics, and it acquired everybody’s emotion with clear similarities from the 1982 classic. 

Here is a recap of the legendary first sci-fi movie.

Officer Decker is tasked with hunting down four replicants and it’s a rabbit chase throughout the film. A “wanted” replicant named Rachel catches Decker’s romantic attention towards the end of the film. Rachel actually annihilates the most dangerous replicant named Leon, so Decker agrees to not hunt her down and then they also begin to mate. Decker basically forces Rachel to kiss him in a very “Rocky Balboa” like scene. 

In the end, Decker squares off against two replicants in Roy and Pris. The acrobatic Pris barely gets eliminated by Decker and then the almighty Roy is left standing against Decker. Interestingly, Roy has Decker left hanging on the side of a tower, yet he chooses to help him up and spare his life. The strange scene was designed to have Roy show how silly human conflict and ego can be in the grand scheme of things.

The original Blade Runner had powerful themes of morality and human identity. The world is clearly a dystopia with corporate power brutally commanding humans to look down on replicants. It’s a complex reflection of human’s hypocritical beliefs about evolution and innovation. The replicants clearly have consciousness and more brainpower, but they are “different” and “not human”. 

Blade Runner wasn’t just considered “ahead of its time” in 1982, but ahead of its time in 2022. They properly that people will have planted memories. In today’s society, we’re seeing Neuralink make big strides with plans to insert aidful technology chips into people’s heads. The movie also had a brutally honest outlook on how the environment will look in the future. They show the air dirty, dark, and rain coming in a hell-bent manner. Los Angeles and Mexico City clearly suffer from pollution and clouds of dust hover over the cities. The movie also portrays off-world colonies and it appears that it’s becoming more clear that we will send humans to Mars and the Moon in the near future. 

The Blade Runner was futuristic and fascinating, but Blade Runner 2049 somehow managed to top the first movie.

The 2-hour 49-minute cinematic experience kicks off none other than with its vintage typography dictating the state of the futuristic society and the situation with replicants. The replicants would of course be artificial people used for improbable and dangerous jobs that humans effortlessly command them to do. They could be seen as robots with human-like skin and behavior. Even though the replicants are wanted, outdated criminals, it’s obvious that Blade Runners are unpopular, assassin-like personas. 

The quick non-spoiler is that the main character K is in fact a replicant himself. Yes, the lead character and blade runner figure had implants of memories. It’s quite the opposite background than that of Rick Deckard in the first Blade Runner. The story of the movie was very well written and fascinating, to say the least. The LA police officer/blade runner discovers that a secret entailing that a replicant created offspring. It’s a universal discovery and it could create an uproar of chaos if the secret is made public. A war between replicants, humans and outer worlds would seen inevitable.

Could anyone possibly imagine which human and humanoid produced the child (no sarcasm applied)?

K (and his animated girlfriend played by Ana de Armas) must go on an intense quest to erase the robotic child and destroy any remaining evidence of this new discovery. He is bound to collide with Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and it’s an epic drama of human/artificial life. If you think Han Solo was badass, wait until you see Ford in this 2017 feature. 

The movie is directed by the iconic Denis Villeneuve, who is the same mastermind behind the hit 2021 film Dune. He truly commands the movie with charisma in every moment. 

The visuals are just flat out on another level. The late-night, city vibes make truly make a viewer feel like they are standing in rain by the giant skyscraper. The vehicle could draw comparisons to the batmobile or a helicopter out of Dune minus the wings. It assumably brought forth inspiration to Time Magazine Person of The Year, Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO is clearly creating the Cybertruck, which looks like a real-life vehicle out of Blade Runner. 

This breathtaking, sci-fi movie from 2017 captured a whopping 88% score from Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, you read that correctly. 85% of Google users also enjoyed the piece. In a day in age where sci-fi sequels rarely stand out, this movie flat out showed to be a “beast of its own”. So, what should a new viewer of this hip movie or even Blade Runner series expert from this film? Well, you will have to grab a tub of popcorn (?) and give the movie a play to see for yourself. 

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