Warner Brothers has just released the first full-length trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic.
A first teaser came out last December, but it erred on the side of being a little too cryptic. The full-length trailer really delivers and gives us a glimpse of some stunning shots from the upcoming movie.
Blade Runner 2049 is set in Los Angeles 30 years after the events of the first movie, which was set in 2019.
According to Slashfilm, Blade Runner 2049 tells the story of a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) who uncovers a long-buried secret that has the potential to wreak havoc on society. 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.
The film is being directed by Denis Villeneuve with Scott serving as an executive producer. Judging by the trailer, Villeneuve has done a fantastic job of maintaining visual continuity with the 1982 film.
Wew. It’s hard to glean much from the trailer, but it sure is pretty.
The trailer opens with a new character, Wallace (Jared Leto), facilitating the birth of what we can assume are replicants (synthetic humans, basically). We then see a shot of Officer K’s boss (Robin Wright) who explains the key idea behind blade running (hunting down rogue replicants):
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.
Later, we see more of the already-teased meeting between Officer K and Deckard, followed by a bunch of shots of some very cool stuff (giant holograms, flying cars, explosions, etc.).
The trailer ends with Officer K looking mysteriously at…a book. The last words are: “Your story isn’t over yet. There’s still one page left”.
As trailers go, this one certainly hits the right mix of showing us things and leaving us with questions about the movie.
Villeneuve, whose recent efforts include Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013) and Enemy (2013), is on a roll at the moment and definitely has the chops to pull this off. (If you haven’t seen Enemy, I urge you to do so immediately, like right now. Go.)
But expectations are astronomically high, considering the original Blade Runner is one of the most-loved sci-fi movies of all-time.
In case you were asleep during high school English, the original movie (based on a novel by Philip K. Dick) told the story of Deckard, a burnt-out blade runner who reluctantly takes one last assignment to hunt down a group of escaped replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer).
The movie took cues from film noir, using dark and shadowy cinematography and a morally questionable protagonist to explore the implications of “playing God”. It also drew on literary sources, most notably Frankenstein, to investigate the idea of what makes us human and how science can run amok if left unchecked.
One of the burning questions at the heart of the 1982 film is whether or not Deckard himself is, in fact, a replicant. This largely depends on which version you watch (the theatrical cut leans towards him being human, the director’s cut suggests he is a robot). It is unclear which version the sequel will be treating as canon, but I assume it is the director’s cut.
Topping the 1982 version will be hard – maybe even impossible – and there are sure to be mega-fans who are unhappy with the results. Although Villeneuve has a really good shot at landing it, we are unlikely to scale the great heights set by moments such as the famous “Tears in Rain” monologue.
Blade Runner 2049 opens in Australia on October 5th, 2017.