The original ‘Blade Runner’ is considered a science fiction classic, despite its ambiguity and that same murkiness has carried over to the trailers for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ which gave a glimpse of director Denis Villeneuve‘s interpretation of the dystopian reality Ridley Scott originated, but did not offer many clues as to the film’s plot, although obviously it involves titular blade runners and replicants.
Unlike the trailers which cull together short clips from throughout the movie, Warner Brothers has released an actual clip from the movie. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing from what point in the movie this scene occurs, although considering the muted vibe, it’s most likely from an earlier point before things go to hell.
In this sequence, Ryan Gosling’s character, Agent K visits a dingy sweatshop manned by young children, overseen by Lennie James’ character, whose name still hasn’t been revealed. What are these kids making? That’s not clear, nor is where they all came from. Are these human children or small replicants? (Probably not, considering that in the trailers, it appears that the replicants emerge from their incubation pods fully grown.)
It does appear that these children are essentially slaves, as James’ character seems to think that K is there to buy one of them… and James seems willing to sell.
Watch the clip below:
What’s your take away from this video? Does it give you any insight into this movie’s storyline?
One thing that is noteworthy is that clearly, the existence and proliferation of replicants is completely legal, as Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace is known to manufacture them and is considered an incredibly powerful figure. On the flip side, when James discovers that K is an authority figure, he panics, muttering “bigger than you have tried to shut me down.” Clearly, whatever he is up to in this labor camp, is not on the up and up.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ also stars Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Elarica Johnson, Sylvia Hoeks, Edward James Olmos and Harrison Ford. It opens on October 6th, 2017.