Talking secrets and styles with the cast of 'Blade Runner 2049'

Talking secrets and styles with the cast of 'Blade Runner 2049'

Talking secrets and styles with the cast of 'Blade Runner 2049'

One of the fun debates that arose from the original Blade Runner was whether Deckerd himself was a replicant.

Truth be told, the original Blade Runner has always been a little out of reach for me. Gosling's blade runner "K" (a Kafka-esque nod to his Everyman status and/or authorial surrogacy) drifts through his work with a cold professionalism that nonetheless feels as if it may thaw at any moment into dewy-eyed emotion. All kidding aside, Gosling does make the character work for the sequel nearly mirroring Ford with both a serious side and a compassionate one when necessary.

Featuring input from across the musical spectrum, from synth pop legend Gary Numan and trip-hop king Tricky, to contemporary producers like Ikonika and Hans Berg, the doc also features Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, who sees the soundtrack as the flawless counterpoint to the film's dystopian vision. Still, "Blade Runner 2049" is the rare sequel that can hold its own next to a bona fide masterpiece. Most of the time, free stuff at conventions sucks, but that is decidedly not the case with these gorgeous Blade Runner 2049 posters. Replicants only have a four-year lifespan. "This one was more civilized, just slightly more civilized". And this is the point of 2049: it's Blade Runner for people who are exhausted of watching Blade Runner. Suffice it to say that the screenplay (by original Blade Runner scripter Hampton Fancher and Logan's Michael Green) cross-pollinates its Philip K. Dick roots by dipping into the questions of "implanted memories", that "K" ends up searching for the first film's protagonist Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), and that the film winkingly leans into the "Blade Runner Curse" by featuring prominent advertisements for Pan-Am and Atari, among others. I said, 'Okay, I get it.' It's not a regurgitation, it's not recycling something. Who knows? Those open-ended questions loom large in both films, along with some new ones here.

Opening this weekend, the long awaited sequel of one of the most creative classics of all time, Blade Runner 2049. Pictures, are asking for "Star Wars"-like secrecy from those who've seen the movie". But whereas Deckard's identity was - depending on whom you ask - up for grabs, K is definitely a replicant.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Hiam Abbass, Sean Young. Having wasted my time consuming several of the would-be sequels and spinoffs that have popped up in the 35 years since Blade Runner's release, trust me: Blade Runner 2049 is as good a sequel as anyone could have hoped for.

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