Blade Runner 2049 review: A wonderful step forward, into the past

From Ars Technica

Warner Bros.

The moment that made me believe in Blade Runner 2049 as a worthy sci-fi sequel came roughly 10 minutes into the film. The sequel’s star, Ryan Gosling, plays a Blade Runner who is only identified by his serial number, KD3:6-7. We see the film open with a sweeping outdoor shot; we see K take on a Blade Runner assignment of killing a humanoid “Replicant”; and we see K fly back to central, permanently dark Los Angeles. It’s all solid stuff, and it catches viewers up to everything that has, and hasn’t, persisted from the original film.

But it’s this 10-minute-mark moment that stayed with me: K’s interrogation by a fellow LAPD officer. K sits alone in a plastic, bright-white room, where he’s robotically pummeled by questions and call-and-response prompts. “Cells,” the invisible voice sternly states. “Cells,” K parrots back. Rapid-fire questions and bizarre phrases come and go—”what it’s like to hold a child in your arms,” that sort of thing—and K…

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