Blade Runner 2049 seems to be living up to its hype

Anticipated: Harrison Ford stars alongside Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049. A glimpse into the not to distant future.
Anticipated: Harrison Ford stars alongside Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049. A glimpse into the not to distant future.

The strangest thing about the future is that this is now the future we once foretold.

Twenty years ago, we thought of “now” in the year 1997 and we wondered what life would be like.

Little could we have guessed there would be no world government; the cars would look like boxes instead of rocket ships; and there would still be rock ‘n’ roll on the radio.

Blade Runner asks us to imagine its own future, in the year 2049. The movie takes place in a Los Angeles that looks like a futuristic Tokyo, with gigantic billboards showing smiling Japanese girls drinking Coca-Cola.

One would have predicted LA would be Hispanic, but never mind. It looks sensational.

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. 

Deckard is laconic, cynical, competent. He had a difficult assignment which he, as he tells K, “was good at.”

Deckard hunted a group of Replicants – artificial people who seem amazingly human – that escaped from “off-world”. 

Now K has questions about what the job entails and seeks Deckard’s help. 

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