Blade Runner 2049 is about to open which means a lot of people will likely be taking a look back at the original Blade Runner, or at least some version of it, for possibly the first time in a long time. What exactly will all those people find? According to the newest Honest Trailer, they'll find a slow-paced noir story set in the future and a Harrison Ford character that most fans probably won't recognize, because he's a pretty awful person. Check it out.
If you're used to the light-hearted and fun characters played by Harrison Ford in action movies, Blade Runner is going to be something of a shock. As the Honest Trailer points out, Rick Deckard is a pretty dark and grumpy guy, though, to be fair, everything about Blade Runner is dark. It's also much more of a dramatic science fiction movie than it is an action blockbuster. As the video points out, there's a lot of downtime where characters just find themselves looking at photos or staring out a window. While Blade Runner isn't without its action, that's not designed to be the focus.
Doing an Honest Trailer for Blade Runner has to be a little tough, simply because there have been so many versions of the film. Are we talking about the original 1982 theatrical release, or the ten-year-old, Final Cut? While most new versions of movies add in minor details, Blade Runner changes significantly as a film depending on which version you watch. Some criticisms of one cut of the movie might not be valid when talking about another.
Still, the Honest Trailer also points out that Blade Runner has become a hugely influential film, inspiring the visual aesthetic of many movies set in the future. Although, we hadn't realized that we could blame Blade Runner for the computer "enhance" cliche that has become so popular in TV and movies. We have a bone to pick with Blade Runner now.
Blade Runner was set in 2019 and while we're certainly not two years away from synthetic human beings, flying cars, and interplanetary colonization, it is true that the power of corporations and genetic engineering are things that concern many people. The specifics may have come up short, but the general themes certainly do work.
35 years later Blade Runner 2049 will pick up the story of the original, 30 years after the events of the film. The new movie will focus on Ryan Gosling as a new Blade Runner, but we know that Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard will be back. we don't expect age will have mellowed the character any, so expect to see a grumpy jerk.
You may want to check out some version of Blade Runner yourself before hitting the theater to see Blade Runner 2049 this Friday.