Every leap of civilization was built off the back of slaves.
Replicants are the future, but I can only make so many.
30 years after violently putting down a revolt by bioengineered near-humans, called replicants,
they’ve been redesigned to obey them unconditionally. “This is wrong.”
However, in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, replicants are again surprising their creators.
Lieutenant Joshi of the Los Angeles Police sends Blade Runner "K" to deal with the problem.
There is an order to things.
That’s what we do here.
We keep order.
The world is built on a wall that separates kind.
Tell either side there’s no wall, you bought a war.
Joshi’s words resonate with today’s political realities, where walls and fences built across the planet
aim to restrict the flow of humanity, dividing the “privileged“ from the “undesired.“
Robin Wright plays Joshi.
It’s a story about trying to seek your identity in this near future world.
What does it mean to be human anymore, and try and maintain love and connection as we know it today?"
Ryan Gosling interprets Blade Runner K, a police officer and a replicant himself, programmed to exterminate his own kind.
Along the way, he comes face to face with his own humanity.
When you meet the character, he is sort of at odds with his station in life and he is looking for some kind of connection,
and, you know, love and happiness in all of that, in amongst this sort of nightmare that they are all living in."
I did your job once. I was good at it.
Harrison Ford reprises his original Blade Runner character as Officer Rick Deckard who teams up with K on his mission.
The storyline of Blade Runner 2049 cannot match the original.
We were being hunted!
But Roger Deakins’ cinematic precision on large empty landscapes and muted colors
and Hans Zimmer’s unnerving music evoke loneliness in a vanguard sequel.
The challenges with the environment have progressed at the point where there are life-and-death issues,
and science has loosened its moral constraints."
Denis Villeneuve anchored his idea in the original Blade Runner
but finds his own vision reflecting our social and political anxieties, 30 years later.
Penelope Poulou, VOA news, Washington.