J and I recently watched Blade Runner 2049, which I was pleasantly surprised… I love the original so much (I mean how can you not?). There were a lot of things that I thought I was going to hate, for starters, I a not a Ryan Gosling fan, like At. All. However his performance was pretty good. I also didn’t like how pathetic his character was, I mean I know the “designed” his character that way, but come on… His hologram girlfriend, his longing to find out who he really is, if he is in fact anybody, and not just a Replicant. I also wasn’t that impressed with Jared Leto, a lot of his work is hit or miss for me, and this was a miss.
We start out with Ryan Gosling’s character K, is a LAPD Detective, who hunts down and kills Replicants (sounds familiar right?). While hunting down a Replicant at a protein farm he comes a cross a box buried under a tree, with remains in side. He like the good cop/Replicant his is takes it back to his precinct, where upon further investigation they discover that it is the remains of a female Replicant and she died in child birth… But how is this possible?
K goes on a mission to find out who she was and what brought her to her end. Through some twists and turns he is lead to believe that he is the child of this Replicant that he has come to know as Rachael, a model made by the now defunct Tyrell Corporation. Who ran away with Deckard 21 years prior. He finds that twins were born on the date 06.10.2021, which he has a memory of a carved horse from his “childhood” bearing that date… Joi his hologram girl friend believes that this is evidence that he was born and not made… The twins were male and female, with the boy listed as alive.
K decides to visit the orphanage in what was San Diego where he is met with some opposition, when he finally thinks he is getting the answers he is looking for, only to be disappointed, he “remembers” being in the orphanage as a child and finds the carved horse with the inscription 6.10.21. Was he born and not made?
K visits Dr. Ana Stelline, who makes Replicant memories, confirms that “his” memory is real, he continues to believe that he is Rachael’s son. He goes back to his precinct and convinces his superior Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) that he killed the Replicant child. She in turn gives him time to flee, his hologram girlfriend convinces him to download her to a emanator. He has the horse analyzed and there are trace amounts of radiation that lead him to Las Vegas, where he finds dun, dun, dun Deckard.
K and Deckard obviously have a gun fight… Like that was a given, and I’d say it was a tie leaning towards Deckard, I mean he is still a badass! They get ambushed of course and they get to the bottom of some business with the Replicant Resistance Movement, they want K to kill Deckard. In the mean time Luv (Sylvia Hoeks), a Wallace employee/Henchman kidnaps Deckard and takes him to Wallace headquarters, and they offer him a Replicant that looks like Rachael, only Deckard sees right through that, those dummies messed up her eyes… Luv plans to take Deckard off world where she can torture him, and K interviens, killing Luv and staging Deckard’s death. We wrap up with K dying from his injuries after fighting Luv, and Deckard finally meets his daughter Dr. Ana Stelline.
I loved how Harrison Ford was back as Rick Deckard, that was one of the main selling points for me, I also enjoyed Robin Wright (again, how can you not?), I also enjoyed how Ryan Gosling’s character wasn’t the love child of Deckard and Rachael. Because that’s the bitch that I am…
I feel like this film captured some of the wonder that the original did, but it was missing something, that may have been that I had to watch the movie a couple of times, because watching this movie with a small child bouncing around, screaming, or trying to pull your glasses off of your face does not lead to an enjoyable or coherent movie watching experience. But once I was able to finally sit down and watch this movie in piece I enjoyed it overall. And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from: Coachella – Woodstock in my Mind by LDR