Blade Runner 2049 (15)

A future classic or a dystopian nightmare? Let’s find out…

Set in a bleak, dystopian future we meet Officer K (Ryan Gosling), an LAPD cop whose job is identical to Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard three decades earlier.

The so-called “blade runner” is tasked with hunting down and ‘retiring’ old replicants: bioengineered androids designed to look just like humans, manufactured as slaves but who got other ideas and revolted.

K is a new-model replicant, hard-wired for compliance. He isn’t designed to think for himself, but a search for a missing child leads him to question what it means to have a soul.  “You’ve been getting on fine without one,” says K’s superior officer, Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright).

K’s journey of discovery leads him to track down Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years after her fell in love with an android he was destined to ‘retire’. During this time a blackout that lasted 10 days wiped digitally stored replicant-production records, creating a blank space in humanity’s database memory.

The identity of the child K seeks has the potential to cause all out war between humans and replicants once again. The blade runner unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.

He has to make a choice, to continue his search and risk the destruction of an entire species or cover up the truth and live a more peaceful, compliant life of happiness with his AI girlfriend.

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic is as visually stunning as it is philosophically profound. It explores the primacy of feelings, memories and what it truly means to be human.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

You have to watch this interview with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling who are attempting to promote Blade Runner 2049. It will make your day.

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