Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. A sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner, the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. Ford and Edward James Olmos reprise their roles from the original. Set thirty years after the first film, Gosling plays K, a Nexus-9 replicant “blade runner” who uncovers a secret that threatens to destabilize society and the course of civilization.
Principal photography took place between July and November 2016, mainly in Budapest, Hungary. Blade Runner 2049 premiered in Los Angeles on October 3, 2017 and was released in the United States in 2D, 3D, and IMAX on October 6, 2017. The film was praised by critics for its performances, direction, cinematography, musical score, production design, visual effects, and faithfulness to the original film. It is considered by many critics and audiences to be among the best films of 2017. Despite positive reviews, the film was a box office disappointment, grossing $259 million worldwide.
Blade Runner 2049 received five nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, winning Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. It received eight nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including Best Director, winning Best Cinematography and Best Special Visual Effects.
Interrogator: Officer K-D-six-dash-three-dot-seven, let’s begin. Ready?
K: Yes, sir.
Interrogator: Recite your baseline.
K: “And blood-black nothingness began to spin… A system of cells interlinked within cells interlinked within cells interlinked within one stem… And dreadfully distinct against the dark, a tall white fountain played.”
Interrogator: Have you ever been in an institution? Cells.
Interrogator: Do they keep you in a cell? Cells.
Interrogator: When you’re not performing your duties do they keep you in a little box? Cells.
Interrogator: What’s it like to hold the hand of someone you love? Interlinked.
Interrogator: Did they teach you how to feel finger to finger? Interlinked.
Interrogator: Do you long for having your heart interlinked? Interlinked.
Interrogator: Do you dream about being interlinked… ?
Interrogator: What’s it like to hold your child in your arms? Interlinked.
Interrogator: Do you feel that there’s a part of you that’s missing? Interlinked.
Interrogator: Within cells interlinked.
K: Within cells interlinked.
Interrogator: Why don’t you say that three times: Within cells interlinked.
K: Within cells interlinked. Within cells interlinked. Within cells interlinked.
Interrogator: We’re done. “Constant K”… you can pick up your bonus.
K: Thank you, sir.