Blade Runner 2049

This sequel is a masterpiece.


Alex De La Garza, Staff Writer

Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the 1982 original Blade Runner, 

which is based on a novel called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher, this sequel stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, MacKenzie Davis, and Jared Leto

Blade Runner 2049 focuses on one main character, Officer K (Gosling), who is trying to find whether or not a toy horse in his memory is actually real or if it was created and placed into his mind. He feels that the answer can plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His journey eventually leads to the discovery of the original blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford). 

This is one of those movies that you need to watch a few times to get what’s going on, or you may need someone to explain what it is about. It deals with a lot of loneliness and self isolation, and it addresses the idea of what is (and what is not) human in other people. 

This film emphasizes a lot on identity, community, duty and reality. It isn’t just a sequel to the original Blade Runner. It’s an in-depth cinematic masterpiece that is revolutionary, and it keeps its relevance as it gets older. 

This movie has a great message, and it is delivered really well throughout the story. It reveals the true nature of depression and the struggles that come with it. As compared to other films, it also does a great job of showing what it feels like to be betrayed by the people you trust. 

In the one famous scene, Ana de Armas appears to Officer K as an advertisement, and says, “You look lonely. I can fix that.” This moment best illustrates how we today use technology as an escape from everything around us, and we use it as a way to forget about all the negative things we go through throughout our lives. This film also reveals what it would look like to live in a dystopian nightmare, and it creates a truly unsettling atmosphere.  

Overall, Blade Runner 2049 is a true artistic achievement, and it will not lose its relevance any time soon, due to it being brought up online every couple of months. I really enjoy watching this movie, and you will probably love it as much as I do.

Check it out now on HBO Max, and if you enjoy Blade Runner 2049, you should also watch Falling Down and Taxi Driver. These movies also portray the isolation that people may feel in their lives.