New 'Blade Runner 2049' Clip Shows Ryan Gosling Busting a Dystopian Sweatshop

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 1:59PM
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Blade Runner 2049
Monday, 11 September 2017 - 1:59PM
New 'Blade Runner 2049' Clip Shows Ryan Gosling Busting a Dystopian Sweatshop
Image credit: Deadline, Warner Bros.
The original Blade Runner was a neo-noir cop drama about a guy who has to separate the humans from the androids. Now, Blade Runner 2049 seems to be going for the old zombie movie route: maybe society has turned us all into robots. To quote Jared Leto's character, "Every civilization was built off the back of a disposable workforce." This new clip from 2049 shows us what that looks like with an old-fashioned, real-world issue: child labor in a sweatshop.



There's a couple things to pay attention to in this clip: first, that the kids are stripping nickel from old parts to be used for colonial spaceships to take people off-world. There's a joke that it's the closest any of them will get to escaping the Earth, implying that only the uber-rich can afford a ticket. This is a callback to the original movie and novel, which are filled with references to starting a new life offworld, so maybe we'll finally get a chance to see what one of those ships looks like.

Second, the sweatshop overseer claims two things: "This is just my game, and I play it fair," and "Bigger than you have tried to shut me down!" Both of these imply that this operation is just part of the landscape of L.A., legal or not. Either due to corruption or people turning a blind eye, somehow this dude is able to enslave these kids and sell 'em off as he pleases, and that's just part of the 'game.' It's a good window into how messed up this world has become, and what kinds of twisted things happen on the outskirts of the law.

Blade Runner 2049 has shown a lot more wasteland than urban cityscape so far, but the plot is still fuzzy. From what we can gather, it looks like this could turn into another Ghost in the Shell 2017, where the protagonist finds out their superiors have secrets they're not telling him, discovers a conspiracy involving robots, and ends up having to decide whether a robot should have the same rights as a human. For comparison, the original Blade Runner was about a washed-up cop murdering robots that look, act, and feel like people, struggling with his own internal conflicts, and stumbling through one dystopian nightmare scene after another.

It was weird.
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