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Blade Runner 2049 Out Sci-Fi’s the Original!

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 Out Sci-Fi’s the Original!

The original sci-fi futuristic movie Blade Runner was released in 1982 when A.I. began to take over everyday life with computers, cell phones and the possibility of that technology outsmarting us one day as in the 1984 movie The Terminator.

The first Blade Runner was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos. The concept of the story was a replicant cop (blade runner) is given the job to pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship to find their creator on Earth. They had become cognitive and aware and were questioning their existence. The humans who made the replicants now deemed them to be of no further use to them and also afraid of them, began an extermination.

It was and still is a fabulous film noir that was not only entertaining but made you ask, as it was meant to, “what is it exactly that makes us human?”

What Ridley Scott created in the first movie, director Denis Villeneuve has turned into another masterpiece. Of course, with all the special effects and green screens available now, he might have a little advantage when the two are compared. But even so, the first reviews are in and the critics are betting this remake is going to be a blockbuster.

Ford resumes his role from the 1982 original

The official synopsis of the new movie is: “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.”

Not much to go on but the trailer for the movie is over the top!

This sequel promises to live up to the hype of the original

The performances are excellent across the board. Gosling, Ford, Leto, Robin Wright and Ana de Arma are all brilliant, but perhaps the real star is Villeneuve’s dystopian Los Angeles.

The first Blade Runner was known for stunning visuals of a high-tech yet dilapidated future. 2049 carries on this idea with a mesmerizing color palette. Flashy, futuristic advertisements beg for your attention, while the ominous lighting at Niander Wallace’s (Leto) facilities sets a menacing tone.

At the core of the film is the same question raised in the first Blade Runner with Roy Batty’s (Rutger Hauer) famous speech from the end of the original film. “All those moments lost in time… like tears in the rain.” Both movies are based on Philip K. Dick’s novel: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6th.

Susan Z’s Conclusion:

More and more of our favorite classic sci-fi, horror and just awesome movies are being rebooted but with added special effects and deeper story lines for a more sophisticated audience. I believe this new reboot of the original classic will be received well and bring up even deeper soul-searching questions on what qualities determine being alive and aware.

Three of Cups:

Joyous celebration. Appropriate card for the release of this new movie as I see it doing very well and also becoming a classic follow up holding its own with the original.

The Chariot:

Overcoming fear or obstacles when moving forward with a situation. I believe the card represents the pressure felt by all associated with the new Blade Runner, knowing they would be intensely compared to the first.

Knight of Cups:

Romantic dreamer and loves what they do. I feel this card represents the energy of both Ridley Scott who directed the first and Denis Villeneuve, director of the new ‘Blade Runner’ 2049.

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