In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of Blade Runner, last week we were treated to a new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 with exclusive new footage and comments from the actors and directors. No spoilers here, but a few things did catch my eye.
Fortunately, the new trailer gives away nothing. In fact, we now have even more questions as to what is going on with Deckard (Harrison Ford) and K (Ryan Gosling).
Unlike the first trailer, I took the time to dissect the new trailer frame by frame. Note: Some of the things I point out are present in the first two trailers.
First, the trailer begins with K putting a coin into a 21st century version of a video jukebox. Frank “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Sinatra appears a’la hologram singing “One For My Baby.” So, in Blade Runner 2049 we’re still using some denomination of coin exchange? Interesting.
Holograms appear to be a big deal in the year 2049. What caught my attention however was the sign to the right. We can clearly make out the words, “Make Love” and then the letter F. We can’t really make out the next letter. A continuation of the original movie, the culture in Blade Runner Los Angeles is heavily influenced by the Asian population. The word “Kuo” in Mandarin means “be apart” or, used as a verb, means “broad, ample or wide” according to Google translate.
Handguns don’t change much between 2019 and 2049.
Phone Booths! You almost never see those in 2017. They must have made a comeback. This scene is from inside the LAPD building, so perhaps in 2049 they determine this is the best way to let criminals get their one phone call. Actually, I suspect this has something to do with keeping continuity, or a familiarity, between the movies old and new. Released in 1982, the original movie – set in the year 2019 – had Deckard using a phone booth. We didn’t think anything of it in 1982. Phone booths were everywhere back then.
I’m a huge fan of Blade Runner. In 1982 “it made us completely rethink how we approached Sci-Fi on film”, Denis Villeneuve, Director. I am happy to see Villeneuve and Ridley Scott continue to keep tight wraps on this film. Hopefully it will make it to the theater with no major spoilers.
Are you a Blade Runner fan? Are you looking forward to seeing Deckard again? Is there anything in the trailers you think I should have included here? If so, tell me about it. I’d love to hear your input. Please feel free to leave a comment below, respond to us on twitter @mulehorngaming or to me @gravykingpin.