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Blade Runner 2049 Film
Why I have chosen to write about this film
1. I grew up with original movie and its different incarnations throughout the last 35 years. There were 3 different versions of the movie: Theatrical (1982), Final Cut (2007) and the hard-to-find Director’s Cut. I will be referencing all 3 during this Hub.
2. With the 35th anniversary of the original theatrical release, I took the time out of my busy Producer’s schedule, and reviewed Blade Runner: The Final Cut as well as Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut, and both versions still look good to this day. Much like Alien still looks good to this day, egg-hatching trailer and all.
3. Blade Runner 2049 stars some of the greatest looking actors and actresses in Hollywood: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Amos, Robin Wright, and a few newcomers (Sylvia Hoeks who plays Love, the Blade Killer).
4. Because the Movie Fans who really like this genre, might be looking for something extra. Which I always deliver extra tidbits to my readers.
5. There is a little confusion about what the new film is about…
Lots of confusion about what this film is about
One of the Audience members reaction to Trailer version #6, during my Movie Assignment of It, was “Junk, looks like a reboot…” (Freeman, MovieAssignment, 9-8-2017). Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to speak with these two audience members, because I had to depart from the theatre, to check the next screen number. Having the anonymity of discretely checking screen numbers, it’s nice to hear the audience members’ candor about upcoming attractions.
If you are one to pay attention to popular media, Denis Villeneuve is currently getting a lot of criticism from Film Critics for his being chosen to direct Blade Runner 2049. Apparently, there were a lot of other directors who would have liked to have been picked to direct the sequel. Looking at his other film, Arrival, which was released in theatres earlier in 2017, Rotten Tomatoes has given it a score of 94% (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/arrival_2016). With a high rating on the Rotten Tomatoes scale, the film must be of value. Much like the Blade Runner sequel is.
- My friend Trevor, who works at Consolidated Theatres’ Olino location (8-plex), says that he was hesitant to see Arrival, but when he did, he said it was “better than I expected it to be.” Trevor is also another film buff, and while we both agreed that Dunkirk was also “really good,” while we both purchased separate copies of Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (The Criterion Collection). If you’re really a film buff, whether or not you subscribe to Streaming Movie channels, you’re probably the one to purchase your own copy of the movie. Again, our nice bookseller friends are people whom you should be visiting with, as they know when the new titles are coming in, and would be more than happy to “reserve” a copy for you, before its arrival (and that is no pun on the movie!).
- As history repeats itself, it also grows. Drawing a parallel of Director Villanueve to Executive Producer Ridley Scott, Sir Scott received initial criticism, before principal filming ever started on the original Blade Runner movie (Sammon, 2017, xvi and xx).
- If you haven’t seen Arrival, it’s available on DVD, currently being pressed to BluRay, and is available on streaming media channels.
True Fact: Arrival was a novel written by Ted Chiang, a screenwriter, who was trying his hand at writing a sci-fi novel.
Did you do you Blade Runner Homework?
If you’ve had the opportunity to meet me face-to-face, I put the rumors to rest with any film member. As one of my other Hubbed columns said: “Did you do your X-Men homework?” only in this case, did you do your Blade Runner homework?
It was nice reading Paul M. Sammon’s book, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, and being in agreement with his thoughts as a film journalist, where doing the research about a particular film (or genre), means that you present the facts from original sources. While writing his book, he has devoted 37 years part-time to this one series. Definitely credible, and the book’s 3rd edition makes it a resource you simply must own in your library.
While reading Paul’s work, I believe this is why I continue producing Hubs for y’all. It makes me study the genre a little more intensely, and everytime I review a film series, it makes me appreciate the genre a whole lot more. Hopefully, my readers are enjoying the original content, and if you’re in the Hollywood business, I hope you too are enjoying reading about an area that may be of interest to you, without the gossip factor.
Here’s the Blade Runner Book story (spoiler free)
If you didn’t know where to start to do your Blade Runner homework, or didn’t have the time nor desire to do it, here is a summary of the story.
- Rick Deckard is our main character in the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, whose day job as a bounty hunter, is to retire (by administering the Voigt-Kampff Altered Scale test & killing them if they didn’t answer the empathic questions correctly) replicants, who are also known as Androids, or simply “andys.” He works for the San Francisco Police Department and the Hall of Justice is located on Lombard Street, and reports to his boss Harry Bryant. Just like any other person, he has a wife, named Iran, who stays at home, depressed most of the time, until she uses her empathy box. The Penfield Company produces a mood organ unit, where both Rick and Iran dial a numbered program on their individual units, and this makes both of them experience different moods.
o In the first chapter, Rick likes to be in charge of Iran, in the dominant role. Throughout the book, this is Rick’s demeanor. Only at the novel’s last line, is Rick’s true identity revealed, and if you’re one to read between the lines, Iran’s true identity and motivation are shown, as they live out their lives on Earth.
o Iran describes him as “a murderer hired by cops, which makes him worse than a cop, to kill androids.”
- Like all good books, this one is a keeper, done within 224 pages, by Philip K. Dick. Published in 1968, the futuristic themes showing humanity, the world, societal order, and the role of corporations in manufacturing of replicants and household devices.
o I can understand why Ridley Scott and screenwriters Hampton Fancher and David Peoples chose this story, to be made onto the Big Screen. The colonization of Mars, where mostly uncontaminated Humans and Androids live, is also referenced by Al Gore in The Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017) where he says “Don’t let anyone tell you we’re going to build a rocket ship and go to Mars.”
o If Blade Runner is sounding a lot like Resident Evil and Ghost in the Shell stories, yes, you’d be correct. Surface-wise, it draws on similar futuristic themes, but Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? fictionalizes what happens in a contaminated world, full of dust, that doesn’t allow humans to procreate. Hence, androids are being made, who have no ability to procreate.
- This book raises a lot of ethical questions:
o Why can’t Androids procreate? Who’s making the decision to create more of the Androids? What purpose do they serve in society? Are they superior to Humans? Are they superior to Specials?
o What about the Specials? What is their role in the New World Order?
o Is it the Police Department’s job to maintain order? Or, is order maintained by Darwinian’s “Survival of the fittest” in the New World Order? More importantly, who decides all this?
How the book differs from the film
Inspired by the novel written by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner (the film, hereby referenced as BR) is an adaptation of the book. By adaptation, this means that the main characters are transferred from novel format into a motion picture format. For instance, the character Iran is not named in BR, but character-wise, she appears as Joi in BR 2049.
Bearing in mind, the impossibility to view a copy of the 4-film DVD collection of Blade Runner, as it’s always checked out at the library, think “perpetual reserve checked out.” This means that True Collectors will have to wait for a re-issue, which will be coming out shortly in bookstores, once it appears on the Ingram-Micro listing per Shane (Freeman, Twice Weekly Book visit, 9-6-2017).
In the meantime, I’ve purchased a copy of Blade Runner: The Final Cut, and continue to check out Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut, while it’s still available, for this Hub production. Let’s talk about the order of the films.
More Film Resources
Another handy film resource was my attendance at the Blade Runner Double Feature, occurring on Premiere Night at the Regal Cinemas 18, located at Dole Cannery.
It was my first Double Feature experience, as well as another gentleman’s first-time experience, whom I met in the audience. PreFilmD involved which version of BR was to be shown. His wager was on The Final Cut, since that’s the one that was being featured on Social Media channels. I wagered for any cut of the movie, my personal favorite being The Director’s Cut. He won.
If you’ve never been to a Double Feature, you are in for a treat!
The Special Event (no pun intended for the Futuristic content we were about to see) was due to start at 6pm: meaning that you should be arriving earlier than 530pm. For your dollars spent, the Noovie PreShow begins at 535pm. Arriving at 5pm is a good time, as the Concession Stand was not busy at that time, and you could zip in & out for your Movie Munchies.
Rightly priced at $25.18 for admission price, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
- Theatrically, we were seated inside the RPX screen number. This was almost like a private screening, since the event brought together people who’ve never met before, to share the common experience of Blade Runner. The RPX screen is a Wide-screen, considered a PLF format (Premium Large Format). Being seated inside the thick, firm leather seats with matching armrests, no one fell asleep during this special event.
- Great job by the management on letting the customers know about the Popcorn Special, for only $5.24 more. Each theatre guest was eligible for either a Medium or Large Popcorn-Drink combo. So, I “mixed and matched” and received a Medium popcorn and a Large drink.
- Regal Cinemas, you guys rock!
Now, you know why I love the Dole Cannery… it combines my penchant for Pineapples and my love for Movies. Oh yes, and another recent hobby of snapping Movie Posters for use as my personal Wallpaper on my mobile phone.
So, how was the Double Feature Event?
Two words: Truly awesome.
Once seated inside the theatre, the PreShow gave the guests an opportunity to find their reserved seat, and handle other Pre-movie things like cell phones, restrooming, and getting set for 5-plus hours of film watching. During PreShow, the audio portion was being heard, but not shown, as the Projectionist was working on fine tuning the Double Feature presentation. A few PreFilmD comments included: “Uh oh, will we be able to see the film?” “Oh, I hope so.” “Oh yeah.”
Here’s how the evening progressed:
- The first film began at 6pm. No trailers. Blade Runner (the original film) starts. After the opening montage ended, I knew this would not be The Director’s Cut, so this was enough to keep me interested in which version was being shown. Thanking my lucky stars (and endless pocketbook), I was relieved about two hours later, to see that The Final Cut was shown, as I hadn’t time throughout the busy week, to view my personal DVD copy.
- The Final Cut was the version that all audiences liked, since it combined parts of the Theatrical release, with a bit of editing removed from the Director’s Cut (the 7-minute scene with Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah, as Roy Batty tortures Pris), and the Final Cut’s ending was different than either the Theatrical or Director’s, as test audiences didn’t like the Director’s Cut ending.
- After 117 minutes of great film, the entire audience stayed for the Ending Credit Roll. Pause film upstairs in the Projection Booth. This has been a near first, where the entire audience stayed, whereas in today’s culture, everyone walks out when the film concludes. Unless it’s a Marvel Studios release, then everyone stays, to see what’s inside the additional scenes. Some of the Marvel Movie Fans’ comments are: “How many additional scenes are there?”
- There was an Intermission, whereby a Concession refill, restroom break, socializing, and cellphones were being utilized.
- At 820pm, the second film began. Unpause the film inside the Projection Booth. The houselights dim, and the “Welcome to Regal” bumper seques into Trailer playout. There were x trailers, then Blade Runner 2049 premieres.
- After BR 2049, most people left at the Ending Credit Roll, because 163 minutes makes everyone want to run for the restroom. Another reason other people left, is not wanting to miss TheBus, which takes you from Dole Cannery to Downtown, Ala Moana or Waikiki. I’ve never see the Cannery’s Bus Stop so full at that time of the evening.
More Reading Resources
Another great resource is Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, 3rd edition by Paul M. Sammon. Hot off the presses from Dey St., a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. Its impressive page length makes it the Blade Runner bible, as Mr. Sammon has spent 37 years of his life writing about this film genre: content, filming stages (Development through Post-production), actors, production crew, directors, producers, novel writer (may he rest in peace), and its cultural effects, which led to BR: The Director’s Cut, more fandom, and then, BR: The Final Cut.
What’s really interesting is Mr. Sammon being invited onto the set of Blade Runner 2049, and providing book readers with some nice content. Thank you to everyone, who made this happen, as the sequel will be a historical milestone.
Paul’s book is a Gem to read
Much like Jerry Ziesmer’s Ready When You Are, Mr. Coppola, Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Crowe, Paul’s book is a great gem. I found this while browsing the local bookstore shelves on a Sunday afternoon, after meeting some friends there. Future Noir is found in the Filmmaking section, near the back of the store. This title was a new cut-in from Friday’s bookstore shopping. Reasonably priced at $16.99, I felt it gave great value of 595 pages chock-full of BR info. At first, I thought it was going to be a Nonfictional account of how BR series was made, and I was half correct. Some of the behind-the-scenes from BR 2049 are also included, before it went to press in March 2017.
Paul’s authoring style is good, almost in the same vein as Mr. Ziesmer’s autobiography. Turning to the Author Page, it turns out that Paul is a filmmaker, having been involved with multiple periodicals (The American Cinematographer, Empire and Cinefex), fiction and non-fiction writing titles (Ghosts, The King Is Dead, Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror anthology), screenplays (Stereotypes) and filmology (RoboCop, Platoon, and The Silence of the Lambs).
I highly recommend this book for students, filmmakers, or people who are really interested in the BR series.
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With the world in 2019, it’s turned bleak and dark, as shown by the film’s cinematic look.
I, like Paul, could go on and on about the differences between PKD’s novel and BR, but I would like to concentrate on the differences in story theme between the novel, the first film and the sequel.
How does the original BR film fit into BR 2049?
Firstly, the new film is set 30 years in the future, from the original film’s timeline, which began in Los Angeles, 2019.
Secondly, it co-stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. In the original film, Harrison plays the main character, Rick Deckard, a Blade Runner who “hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants,” (Back cover, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2010).
- In any BR 2049 Trailer version, except #6 & #7, there were no actors’ names present. With the theatrical viewing of trailer version #6, Harrison and Ryan were billed as co-stars. In the latest trailer (version #7), Harrison has top billing over Ryan, by a mere inch (Freeman, Weekly MovieAssignment, 2017).
- According to Assistant Director Jason Roberts, “you really have to watch which order the actors are listed, even on the Call Sheet” (Webinar, 4-8-2017). If one actor is listed above or below another actor, then there could be an upset on the set, and this doesn’t make for good film relationships.
Thirdly, the story continues into the newer film, with Ana’s character (Joi) being the 2049 equivalent of Sean Young’s character (Rachael). Some of my initial questions were: Who’s Joi? Is she a replicant also? These are answered inside the BR 2049 story, plus the introduction of another female android.
Fourthly, there’s a new Blade Killer in town, played by Sylvia Hoeks. Her role as a Wallace Corporation protector is to bring Officer KD6-3.7, back to the Replicant Creator, so he can be further examined by Niander Wallace. Why? This question is answered during the film, plus more questions are alluded to throughout the sequel, rather than being answered.
Fifthly, the Police Lieutenant is a female, and her scene with Love is interesting. This would be the Trailer scene with Robin Wright’s and Sylvia Hoeks’ characters, where they are struggling inside an office, and Love yells: “Where is he?” while torturing Lieutenant Joshi.
Sixthly, where does Jared Leto’s character fit into this whole story? In the trailer, he’s shown delivering another replicant from the birthing tube saying: “I can only make so many.” Niander Wallace’s character is shown optically in the opening title screen, as well as played out during the film and up to its climax. Remembering the first film, Dr. Eldon Tyrell was killed by one of the rogue Nexus 6 models named Roy Batty, as a Special named J.F. Sebastian let him inside the Tyrell Corporation’s inner door.
Filling in the story gaps (some mini-Spoilers)
If you’re still confused about the missing chronology in between films, here’s a timeline filler (Sammon, 485), interparsed with my comments inside bolded carets <>:
- 2018: Replicants are banned from Earth after a bloody mutiny by a Nexus 6 team in an Off-world colony.
<This was the mutiny that occurred in BR’s backstory, where Roy Batty and his 3 replicant friends escaped from a colony, and were being hunted and retired by Rick Deckard. The backdrop was San Diego in the bookstory, and Los Angeles in the filmstory. The book story actually had more replicants to be retired than the filmstory.>
- 2019: Ex-Blade Runner Rick Deckard and (prototype Nexus 7?) Replicant Rachael vanish from Los Angeles.
<This was the crux of BR, and subsequent Theatrical and Final Cut endings.>
- 2020: The Tyrell Corporation releases the Nexus 8, Replicants with open-ended lifespans. Ocular implants make them easier to identify.
<These are components of the opening scene in BR 2049, where Officer KD6-3.7 and Sapper Morton (played by Dave Bautista), have their Scanner Identification struggle and two-shot Retirement. This means in 30 years, that the armory has gotten stronger and more efficient, requiring less bullets to retire replicants.>
- 2022: A massive EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) of unknown origin corrupts America’s electronic data. Financial markets crash, food supplies are severely affected. Rogue replicants are thought to be responsible. New laws result. All Nexus 6 models are decommissioned. Nexus 8 models are also set for retirement, but some escape.
o <This is a major story and plot development in BR 2049, and through the use of inferred dialogue, Officer KD6-3.7 tries to identify the hair contents from the unearthed Foot Locker, after he retires Sapper Morton at the Protein Farm. K’s Spinner probe scans 30 meters down below the surface, and discovers the hidden Foot Locker. The Movie Viewer assumes that the Protein Farm is somewhere on Earth, as K says to Morton: “I was careful not to drag in the dirt.”>
o <Meanwhile, all data is stored inside the Wallace Corporation. As the File Clerk scans the hair, this leads to a discovery of an “old chip” that the File Clerk recovers from Pre-Blackout days. As he and K walk amongst the enormous data storage vault aisles, the question of “Who controls the world?” is partially answered. Analogous to Resident Evil’s Umbrella Corporation. Imagery-wise, this scene reminds me of Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark’s ending.>
o <Meanwhile, Love is notified when the “old chip” is queried by the File Clerk, and after re-scheduling her VR video meeting, she heads to the vault. Where she meets and leads K to an older part of the Wallace Corporation’s facility. As they both pass through the museum, K sees earlier models of the Nexus 6 male and female forms. This leads to another important scene of Social Relationships and more nuances of “Who controls the world?” as shown by K and Love’s “Data Vault” scene.>
o <Rick Deckard references this timeline in the “Why did you come here?” scene, as shown in Trailer versions #3 through 7.>
Animated Short explaining the Black Out 2022
- 2025: Brilliant scientist Niander Wallace freely shares his technological breakthroughs on genetic foodstuffs, ending the hunger crisis. The Wallace Corporation expands into the Off-world colonies.
o <In BR 2049, the food crisis is shown in BR’s Noodle Bar scene equivalent, where Food Machines dispense genetically modified foodstuffs, and people eat while standing at a table, nibbling on the food from little containers. This leads to another part of the story, where K is joined by 3 replicants, which is inferred by their use of another verbal language, and shown in subtitled English “He’s a fucking blade runner?”>
o <In the “Creation” scene with Niander and Love, he says “I’ve been able to do it in 9 other colonies!”, which gives the MovieViewer an idea that there are other colonies besides Earth, and that Niander has the resources to conquer at least 9 of them>
- 2028: Wallace buys the Tyrell Corporation.
<Which was explained in the first Optical in BR 2049>
- 2030-2035: Wallace improves upon Eldon Tyrell’s original designs, making Replicants more controllable.
<This was also shown in the same Optical>
- 2036: Wallace creates a “perfect” Nexus 9. Laws prohibiting Replicants are repealed.
o <This is shown multiple times throughout BR 2049>
o <The first instance is in the “Old Data Vault” scene with K and Love>
o <The next instance is between Lieutenant Joshi and Love in the “Where is he?” scene>
o <In the Final Showdown scene, Love meets her match>
Regular Short explaining the Year 2036 and the 2049 Backstory
- 2040-2048:The LAPD expands its Blade Runner unit, tasking them to retire any non-Nexus 9 Replicants. Meanwhile, global warming has swelled ocean levels surrounding LA to threatening levels. A titanic, protective sea wall is built on the Sepulveda Pass. At the same time, Los Angeles teeters on the edge of collapse. Freakish weather plagues the city. Fresh food is unavailable. LA’s dwindling populace survives via vending machines dispensing Wallace’s foodstuffs.
o <This is shown throughout the film, in multiple scenes>
o <The initial opening scene with K on-site at Morton’s Protein Farm, while he’s checking in with Lieutenant Joshi>
o <The on-going theme is shown throughout the wideshot scenes, upon various Spinner approaches to Los Angeles and San Diego>
o <The Final Showdown scene, where they crash-land into the ocean, missing the Seawall barrier. (“We’re too low.”)>
- 2049: Blade Runner “K” is tasked to hunt down the still-missing Rachel and Deckard. K leaves Los Angeles in his Spinner, encounters a shabby community living in an enormous garbage dump, and finds Deckard in an abandoned Las Vegas. Earthshaking secrets are revealed.
o <Lieutenant Joshi gives K the order to “find the child and take care of it,” thereby keeping order in Greater Los Angeles>
o <As K’s journey continues, he approaches San Diego Municipal Dump, a Trash Site full of kipple. His encounter with the community leader, signifies that replicant children reside there. Their job is to extract the precious metals from kipple, thereby another method of social controlled order of Young replicants by an older Human leader. K’s search is further intensified by the missing pages in the Ledger, as shown in any Trailer version by Joi’s voiceover: “I told you, your story’s not over.”>
o <Throughout clues, K’s search for Deckard leads him to “the dirtiest place on Earth” - Las Vegas. Parallelism indicates K’s results from the San Diego kipple encounter, leading to another northern location with an inner soul discovery with Dr. Ana Stelline, putting him way off from his Post-Traumatic baseline test. The PT test is something new in the screenplay, as this was never in PKD’s novel. The purpose of the PT baseline is another form of control, as seen in the IMAX digital print, where K’s face subtly changes, during his final PT test>
o <At this point, this is the fulcrum of the story. The rest of the story and plot are interwoven, so I’ll not tell you anymore, lest you’ll want to see this one in a theatre near you>
If you are interested in exploring BR 2049, here is a link to more:
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Harrison Ford returning as Rick Deckard
What other actor could revive this character? For the Star Wars fans, at The Force Awakens ending, most MovieFans thought that he died on-screen because he wanted to continue making the Blade Runner sequel.
Great acting by Harrison, as his emotions in the “Revelation” scene is captured well, with changing lighting, masking and unmasking Deckard’s emotions. For the Harrison Ford MovieFans, he delivers at age 75, as he did 35 years prior, when he was casted in the original film (“I did your job once. I was good at it.”).
Ryan Gosling as K
Because he’s a Special, and named KD6-3.7, would this make him Special K?
1. Why is he named just K? If you follow the Sci-Fi genre, this would deduce there were other “lettered agents” before him. So, what happened to those agents?
a. Discuss Alice in Resident Evil series.
b. Discuss James Bond’s use of M and Q.
c. Discuss Marvel Studio’s Logan, and the use of X-24 models versus The Wolverine.
2. With a play on words, Special K is a brand name of cereal, currently produced by The Kellogg’s Company.
a. If you’ve the curiosity to examine food labels, the actual cereal packaging includes the words “Partially produced with genetic engineering.” (Freeman, Weekly Grocery Shopping, 10-3-2017)
b. The big box of Special K was also shown in Logan, where Laura (an X-24 mutant) is eating a huge bowl of Special K, before the Bad Guys capture her. In the Marvel world, mutants equate to Blade Runner’s use of the word “replicant.”
As K scrubs off after a hard day, his 99.9% detoxifying water bath sprays him. It makes the MovieViewer wonder “What else is in the 0.01%?” missing bath solution. This is a clue that he is Special. Also, the 99.9% solution is another clue that fresh water needs to be detoxified, in order to be used for bathing. No one drinks water in the film, either, they just consume alcohol.
If y’all go to the movies to see Ryan naked, then there is that one shower scene where he is completely nude, shot from a great angle, without showing his actual anatomical parts. Having viewed this film 3 times during Opening Week, the IMAX and RPX Double Feature prints cut off the ending part of “K’s scrub” scene, where not only shot from the top, but also a mid-shot of him, with steam billowing (was seen in the RealD 3D version at my private location theatre). Which is great characterization, as a Special, since he may not have real human parts. Also, this keeps the actor’s private parts private. Only Eva Mendes knows what he really looks like.
Ana de Amos as Joi
Interestingly enough, Ana as Joi is one of the products that is offered by the Wallace Corporation (“I do hope you enjoyed our product”). She is a VR program, which means that she exists virtually, inside the Wallace Corporation’s database, and accessible by the Customer (K) and the Company (Love).
When K gives Joi their anniversary present, which was presented like a piece of fine jewelry, the device lets the VR image be downloaded onto itself, and now the Customer can take his VR person anywhere in a physical form. Pretty neat use of showing this technology on the Big Screen. K gets to experience Joi as a real physical person, on several occasions, as a Couple (K and Joi in the rainstorm) and as a Threesome (Joi invites and syncs up with Mariette, the replicant from the Noodle Bar, and the Trio have sex in K’s apartment).
Another film that Ana starred in was Hands of Stone. Trying to find a trailer for my Hubbed production, the Number One Youtubed result was of the sex scene between her and Edgar Ramirez (they play husband and wife in Hands of Stone). So, if y’all go to the movies to see this actress topless or naked, BR 2049 has several scenes of her digitized naked form, forever immortalized on-screen.
Robin Wright as Lieutenant Joshi
Robin as the Madam, completes the LAPD plotline. She’s the only one who wears a longer-length skirt, and the futuristic jacket. Thanks again to Costume, Wardrobe, Makeup and Hair departments for making Robin look really good in the year 2049.
Robin also starred earlier this year in Wonder Woman, as the Warrior Aunt who trains Diana to be the best Amazonian Warrior there ever was.
True Fact: while watching the PreShow for BR 2049, Fathom Events’ upcoming presentation of the 30th anniversary of The Princess Bride showed Robin.
Sylvia Hoeks as Love
Continuing with the BR theme, she is the newest replicant version on the market. This is shown on-screen, when she runs the company for Mr. Wallace. Besides being his Personal Assistant, she is also his bodyguard, and protector of the corporate side of Social Order.
Great performance! Wonderful stunts that even some of the male audience members were getting into the action.
Other similar Future Noir films
Another film that was similar in concept to Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 are two earlier releases in 2017: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Ghost in the Shell.
The same type of protective cybernetic shell was worn by The Major. Unlike The Major being a cyborg, who needs to get fixed up after being blown apart in battle, Alice is an A.I. being who can reason, think and survive, and is controlled by The Umbrella Corporation.
In BR, the company is the Tyrell Corporation, who is bought out by the Wallace Corporation in BR 2049, after going into bankruptcy (Freeman, Blade Runner 2049, Opening Optical, 10-6-2017).
What’s an A.I. being?
A.I. stands for Artificially Intelligent. I added the word “being” onto it, since A.I.’s have no gender, as they’re asexual. It’s the humans who assign a gender to the A.I., who I’m sure, would be just fine being called by a name (if they truly existed in today’s world). For example, some of the droids in the Star Wars series are called by their identification number: R2D2, C3PO, BB-8.
If you have a chance to see THX-1138, it’s a great film that started George Lucas’ sci-fi portion of his career. Directed by George, and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, it’s the pre-cursor to classic Star Wars, or, if you’re of the younger generation, Episode IV.
How does an A.I. differ from a cyborg?
With the upcoming release of Justice League, there is a new Cyborg character being introduced among DC’s line of superheroes.
From some online research, an A.I. differs from a Cyborg, in that the Cyborg is an evolved A.I., stronger and more capable than a regular A.I. being.
Why is the Sci-Fi component being used in a lot of film and TV?
1. The future is a lot easier to write about, fictionally speaking. See any Marvel Studios film.
2. Most of the research has been locked away by research institutions, the government and other private sources.
3. The closest a (human) person could come to experiencing an Artificial Reality would be through the use of VR eyewear, like those goggles used in American Assassin, or through gaming devices. Ready Player One is another upcoming film in 2018, where one of the “missing millions” goes into the Oasis, to escape his life on Earth, as there’s not enough space left to go (Freeman, Weekly Movie Assignment, 10-6-17).
4. Most of today’s screenwriters grew up in the 1980-1990’s, where historically, is the retelling of the 1960’s science fiction topics. In mid-2010’s, there is another re-telling of this genre, as the screenwriters are writing and producing their modern stories, based on the 80-90’s time period.
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I was really impressed that the Actors had a Personal Fitness trainer for this film, as well as a lot of Digital Effects, with one of the production companies being Weta Workshop, who also did the effects for Ghost in the Shell and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Yes, after having viewed the film in 3 different formats, my recommendation is the special IMAX digital print. The light and shadows show up really well in IMAX, as well as the smaller optical titling. Yes, plunk down your hard-earned money, because you won’t be disappointed with this presentation format. There is even a special IMAX Blade Runner Countdown (Freeman, Weekly Movie Assignment, 10-6-2017).
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I hope you enjoyed reading about this film and its genre, as I had fun producing it. Upcoming films for this week include The Foreigner and Happy Death Day. Aloha, Pam
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