Blade Runner 2049 is a science fiction action film that was released in 2017 in the United States. The storyline of this film centers around some bioengineered humans known as replicants living on earth and posing a threat to society. Now, a Blade Runner known as Officer K who works for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is assigned the task of hunting down and killing these replicants. While he was at it, Officer K also uncovers a deadly secret that posed a bigger threat to the very course of civilization.
Is Blade Runner 2049 Related To Blade Runner?
One question that most people who have seen Blade Runner 2049 usually have in mind is whether there is any sort of relationship between the foregoing and the film Blade Runner which was released decades ago. The initial Blade Runner, like Blade Runner 2049, is a science fiction released in 1982 in the United States and Hong Kong. The film is slightly based on a novel titled “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, which was penned by Philip K. Dick in 1968. The storyline follows the lives of 6 bioengineered humans called replicants who escaped to planet earth. A cop named Rick Deckard unwillingly accepts the mission of hunting these replicants down.
At this juncture, Blade Runner 2049 is not only related but is also a sequel to the original 1982 Blade Runner. This recent release has its story based on the initial storyline of the prequel. It was created to take off from where the original 1982 film ended but that is not all as the sequel introduced new twists to the storyline. This heightened the suspense in the movie and it is also known that the 2017 sequel retained some of the characters from the original 1982. Ryan Gosling was brought in to portray the character of Officer K, Harrison Ford maintained his role as Rick Deckard, Ana de Armas was cast as Joi, while Sylvia Hoeks was seen as Luv. The film also had the likes of Dave Bautista as Sapper Morton, Robin Wright as Lt. Joshi, and Mackenzie Davis as Mariette, amongst others.
Although Blade Runner of 1982 received mixed criticism, it, however, received acclaim for being one of the best neo-noir science fiction action films at the time. Moreso, it is known that the movie influenced the production of many more science fiction films, series, video games, and animations. Again, it was nominated for the BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score in 1982. On the other hand, Blade Runner 2049 was very well received by audiences with an impressive rating of 87% on the Rotten Tomatoes site.
Blade Runner 2049 was also praised for being in tune with the original 1982 movie. The movie got very impressive remarks in terms of its cinematography, characters’ performances, and intense action the entire movie. It received several nominations during the 90th Academy Awards and the 71st British Academy Film Awards. It also bagged the titles for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography consecutively on both occasions.
Moreso, the movie is considered one of the best movies of 2017. It is gathered that the director of Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Villeneuve worked tirelessly to make the movie stand out. His directing made it possible for one to understand the movie, even if they have not watched the original 1982 version. This also attests to the fact that the movie did not only have top-notch actors and actresses but its production, as well as directing team, were made up of highly skilled stars.
Is Blade Runner 2049 Going To Have A Sequel?
Although the Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the original 1982 Blade Runner took over 30 thirty years before it was released, its box office success was not as expected. This could be a trigger point for the producers to work on a version that will not only gross slightly above its cost but its turnover will be a mega success.
Moreso, the writer of the two films, Ridley Scott has made it known in an interview that he was working on another story for the third release in the Blade Runner series. The lead actor, Harrison Ford has also shown interest in being featured in subsequent films in the series. However, no fixed date has been published for a Blade Runner 2049 sequel. We can only look forward to seeing another installment and hope it’ll not just be acceptable worldwide but also a box office success.