“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.” – Warner Bros. Pictures
Thirty-five years ago, the sci-fi film “Blade Runner” left audiences in awe of director Ridley Scott’s futuristic dystopian world. The film, originally set in the year 2019, follows an ex-police man named Rick Deckard as he tracks down and “retires” man-made beings known as Replicants.
In the film, Ryan Gosling plays the role of a blade runner named K. Right from the beginning, the visuals set an unsettling tone that oozes the crispness of a future world without losing the beauty of the original “Blade Runner” setting. A man, portrayed by Jared Leto, is explaining that every civilization has been built on “the back of a disposable workforce.”
K walks past rows of figures encased in glass as Leto’s voice-over continues. A male figure is dropped from some sort of plastic, covered in goo. Leto’s character tenderly addresses the “newborn” and tells him happy birthday. The trailer implies that Leto’s character is creating Replicants, which could spell trouble for K.
K speaks to a character, played by “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright, who appears to be his superior. “There is an order to things. That’s what we do here,” she says to K. In the crowded streets, order may not be so easy to come by. K’s world is a beautiful representation of the one first introduced in the original “Blade Runner.” Dancing holographs and flying cars accompany a rich synthetic soundtrack that is delightfully similar to the striking work from the original film.
In one scene, K is standing in the rain, bloodied with a gun in his hand. In another rainy shot, we see him with actress Ana de Armas, who plays Joi, K’s apparent love interest. Wright’s voice-over continues, warning K of the threat of war. K goes in search of answers and tracks down Deckard to what appears to be an abandoned city half-swallowed by the desert. He doesn’t receive a warm welcome. After stepping over a few traps, a beaten and slightly bloodied K is shown sitting at an abandoned bar after Deckard approaches with a gun.
The two men share a conversation in which Deckard says, “I did your job once. I was good at it.” K has some questions for him. The trailer jumps into several action shots while Leto’s voice-over returns to say that the key to the future “is finally unearthed.”
The trailer doesn’t give any hints to the nature of the “key,” but it looks like bad news for K and Deckard. They are being chased and nearly blown up. K does some shooting and fighting of his own, and there are multiple shots of rich and surreal action sequences.
The trailer closes with Joi telling K that he is special and that his “story isn’t over yet. There’s still a page missing.” In the final shot, K stands over a book with several pages torn out. If this brief taste of “Blade Runner 2049” is any indication, the mysteries and unexpected turns will be a memorable continuation of the original film.
Fans will have to wait until Oct. 6, 2017 to find out what K will find on those missing pages.
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