In this film by Denis Villeneuve, we follow agent K, a Blade Runner, in one of his missions. Like Rick Deckard, this one chases the rebellious replicants. During the time between the two films, many events marked the society. The problem of agent K is that following a blackout in 2022 several Nexus 8 create before the prohibition are missing. Their information lost or destroyed during the blackout. He finds himself having to move on the ground in territories outside the big cities to face a reality surpassing him. He went to look for Rick Deckard. Which is easier said than done, the former Blade Runner to spend the last 30 years to cover these traces and disappear.
Between the two movies
Tyrell launches Nexus 8 despite the death of Eldon Tyrell. The society stood up against the replicants and used the registers to track down and kill them. This prompted the replicants to organize the blackout of 2022, with the aim of destroying all trace of the register. The creation of these was banned for several years to be re-approved in 2036 with the promise of a new obedient generation from the Wallace company.
This film by Denis Villeneuve is a very good sequel to Ridley Scott’s film in 1982. We find similar environments with their vibrant color tone, a light that plunges us into this universe that we loved first with these games of shadow. It is not a film that persists in showing us the subjects and their environment as clearly as possible. It is this style and this way of presenting the environment that I adore. The fact that Denis Villeneuve stayed with the style of Ridley Scott, while adding his personal touch made sure that he succeeded perfectly. The sound environment is immersive and only intensifies several scenes. The fact that it is not music allows us to remain focused on the action and not on the author of the music or these words. One thing I can only applaud. It takes us out of this idea that all the action scenes of a Blockbuster must be accompanied by music by giving us immersive sounds such as bells or intensified natural sounds.
The psychological aspect is still omnipresent in history and it could not be otherwise. We more than ever have this insecurity of not knowing if someone is a replicant. Nexus 6 has a reduced lifetime to Nexus 8 with a lifetime as long as humans. The goal of the replicants marked as rebels is no longer to rebel, because their life is too short to make sense, since from the Nexus 8 their lifespan may be as long as a human. With this change, we are presented with new questions. We leave also leave the film with new questions.
Harrison Ford really succeeds in seeing the evolution of his character having lived what he has lived during the last three decades. Jared Leto for his part seems to have given everything in his role despite his time on screen rather small. His character does not appear often, however the intensity of his character remains in the background of the actions of his assistant. Ryan Gosling playing Agent K fulfills our expectations as soon as we learn to know his character.
We are in the presence of a deep film, whose image, and the sound is incredible. This is a movie that I would see again and that this second viewing could help me by read even more between the lines for a better immersion in this world. Still, I feel like I missed something or that there’s something missing and it keeps coming back.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 | In theatres October 5th, 2017
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.