Blade Runner 2049 Clip Goes Beyond The Cyberpunk Skyscrapers

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Glittering lights. Neon decay. The overwhelming sense of being both overcrowded and half replaced by broken-down machines. The visionary design of futuristic Los Angeles is a centrepiece of Blade Runner's lasting appeal. But this new clip from the sequel takes us away of the familiar skyscrapers.

The footage, which is technically the first full clip of a scene from Blade Runner 2049, shows Ryan Gosling's young detective approach a ruined dome in a vast futuristic dump, with overcast grey skies looking down on the sea of brown and grey below. Inside are children, a lot of them, and a rambling caretaker who is immediately revealed to be something a bit more sinister.

I'm not sure if this clip makes me more interested in the new Blade Runner or less. From one angle, it's nice to linger in a location that feels like a clear aesthetic departure from the original. This is a new place, with a new mood that is related to but not identical to the original. But it also feels a little generic, maybe. But we're also so heavily saturated with interesting sci-fi aesthetics that I'm not sure 2049 could show something that really felt new even if it tried. I dunno.

You can watch the clip below, courtesy of Deadline. Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Vileneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, will be in theatres October 6, 2017.


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    a ruined dome in a vast futuristic dump, with overcast grey skies looking down on the sea of brown and grey below

    That seems more in tune with the original source material. Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep is full of imagery about a dying and decaying world with abandoned houses consumed by dust...

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