Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Oozes Cyberpunk, Style And An Homage To Synth
Blade Runner 2049 - Ryan Gosling
(Last Updated On: May 8, 2017)

We haven’t had a really good cyberpunk film since Albert Pyun decided to give up on the genre when he ended the Nemesis series back in the 1990s. Since then there’s only been a lot of half-hearted attempts and homages to the classics from the 1980s. Well, producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve have seem to have gone all in on the revival of the cyberpunk aesthetic with Blade Runner 2049… especially if the newest trailer is anything to go by.

Unlike a lot of other movies out there, the two minute trailer attempts to keep a lot of the good bits hidden from the audience while tempting them with a lot of potential plot and lots of twists and turns. The final scene, in fact, seems to hint at something being a bit different with Ryan Gosling’s character. You can check it out in the trailer below courtesy of Kinocheck International.

The trailer starts with a beautiful throwback to Vangelis’ original synthwave OST for the first Blade Runner. We get some beautifully shot sequences of the overly commercialized corporate mega city – complete with a giant logo of Atari cascaded across parallel buildings – as well as an introduction to what appears to be the movie’s main antagonist played by Jared Leto.

The theme of the film seems to center around a new kind of replicant… one that’s birthed not unlike the way they’ve been able to organically birth animals using surrogate technology instead of an actual womb… in real life. The tech here doesn’t seem too far off from reality, even if the aesthetic is.

There’s a lot of small clips of exposition intermingled with a decent dose of action, including a fight involving a very aged Dave Bautista, and Harrison Ford apparently getting involved with throwing fisticuffs.

Blade Runner 2049 - Jared Leto

I do wonder if they’ll take out Ford in Blade Runner 2049 in the same way that they decided to **spoiler alert** take him out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It would be a shame, really.

Anyway, the movie oozes style and cyberpunk from top to bottom. It feels like an actual sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece.

I can’t wait to see Blade Runner 2049 later this year. You can look for it to land in theaters on October 6th.

This film could also be a great way to pave towards the release of Cyberpunk 2077, which is due for release on home consoles and PC by CD Projekt Red.

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  • tajlund

    I’m a bit worried but I’ll watch. Actually there has been at least one good cyberpunk film since the Nemesis films.

    Renaissance (2006). Semi-animated film with Daniel Craig. Great film, great feel to it.

    • Hm, you thought Renaissance was good as cyberpunk? It felt more future-noir to me than cyberpunk. I guess I’m just used to more of the punk-grunge associated with the cyberpunk genre.

      • tajlund

        The bleedover does make it a bit difficult. Lol. But I could have seriously seen my Shadowrun group going through a very similar mission.

  • With the way this film is positioned(with Ryan Gosling as the lead),I’m sure that it’ll be Harrison Ford’s last stand in this film. Otherwise,STAR WARS’ last Episode could have certainly needed Denis Villeneuve in bringing a much better(and more intriguing) structured storyline that the disappointing mediocrity that J.J. Abrams turned out.

  • Nobody

    No Vangelis, No Ridley Scott, No Watch

    • Migi

      I know what you mean, Ridley scott never rushes his movies until their perfect and not to mention the lack Vangelis making this seem less artistic and more new age garbage.

      You could compare this to the ghost in the shell movie that was nothing like the anime in story or depth. I fear this will be the same cause i doubt it’ll live up to the standards of the first one.

  • Gorgon

    Looking pretty good. Visuals reminded me of Deus Ex Human Revolution a bit, in a good way.

    • Yep. Definitely a far more neo-noir element to Blade Runner, though. Use of colors and wide shots were brilliant in that trailer.