New 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer Hints at a Replicant Conspiracy

Monday, 17 July 2017 - 2:30PM
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Monday, 17 July 2017 - 2:30PM
New 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer Hints at a Replicant Conspiracy
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One of the best things about each new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 is the opportunity to take a few minutes to bask in gorgeous visuals and nostalgic Eighties synth. Our newest look at the upcoming movie is no exception, showing a grittier, darker side to the movie that hints at a plot with stakes far higher than anything in the original film.



It's clear that director Denis Villeneuve has taken the process of building a worthy Blade Runner sequel very seriously—everything here hearkens back to the original movie, while taking things to their logical next step, producing a bigger, wider world that expands beyond the first film's claustrophobic slums.

Thirty-five years ago, Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner presented the world with a fresh look at the future: a grim, dystopian world in which new technology hasn't exactly made people happy and urban city life has become even more rushed, crowded, and artificial than anyone could have imagined. The challenge of Blade Runner 2049 comes from making a movie that retains that distinct feel in the wake of generations of imitators—now, even the child-friendly Star Wars has a Blade Runner scene, meaning that Villeneuve really needed to push the envelope to make 2049 feel eye-catching and unique enough to make it stand apart.

The solution, it seems, is to double down on the film's dystopian aesthetic. From dust clouds to deserted highways, this trailer reeks of decay in a way that completely makes sense. Of course, there are enormous, sprawling junk yards outside of the neon, skyscraper-filled Los Angeles. Of course there are pollution issues throughout this world. Of course someone is championing Replicants as the natural evolution of humanity.

Where the first movie's plot is relatively small, concerning itself with a handful of troublesome skinjobs, 2049 appears to be going the I, Robot route by hinting at a larger conspiracy. To a certain extent, this is a reflection of modern movies (every protagonist needs to save the world from something), but as we've already had a very small, enclosed story set in this universe, it makes sense for 2049 to raise the stakes.

Bottom line: we're excited about it.

Blade Runner 2049 hits US theaters October 6th, 2017.
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