The answer may depend on who you ask…

Me and my lady jumped into her strangely banana-smelling ride (that’s another story) and headed out to the movies Tuesday. Blade Runner 2049 was on the agenda.

Obviously a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner, it is pointless to view without familiarity with that film.

If you are familiar with the franchise, it is well worth your time. If not, check out the first film and then go catch this one on the big screen.

The original film and the world presented here are based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

A Blade Runner is a hunter…hunting down fugitive or “off baseline” manufactured organic humanoid’s that were created and sold as slaves, servants, and for hazardous jobs, called replicants. The universal view is that they are manufactured machines and not “alive”.

They may think otherwise.

Set in the same dystopian world, it is beautifully done. Subtle presentations of an epic landscape and rich, vibrant world full of intense characters serve only as a backdrop for the vibe of the entire film, which is simply, “What is life?”

The entire thing is succinctly summed up by one minor exchange between “K”, a young Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling, and Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford’s character (now retired/hiding) from the original film.

K: (indicating Rick’s dog): “Is it real?”
Rick: “Ask HIM.”

A visual feast as well, if you enjoy brain-candy this one will lead you down the rabbit hole of deep-thought as far as you’d care to go.

The “R” rating is due to violence and nudity.


Daniel Meyer

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