The latest box office results of Blade Runner 2049 is that it money loser and most likely there won’t be a sequel. I did not fall in love with the storyline, but the special effects, which are gorgeous, kept me entertained enough to stay involved in the story.
Now, that my optic nerves have calmed down and I can see more clearly the movie main theme; the eye is the window to the soul.
Just like the first Blade Runner, the new movie starts with a close-up of the iris. In Blade Runner 2049 it starts off with K’s, and K’s love interest, Joi. Throughout the movie is an additional reference to eyes. If you remember in the original Blade Runner, each iris shown belongs to a replicant in the following order; Roy Batty, Leon, Eye World shop, Rachel, Prigs’ eye makeup, and the Owl.
As Tyrell proudly stated, behind is coke bottle thick glasses, his company’s motto has “More human than human.” Those replicant eyes have witnessed injustice as disposable beings.
Blade Runner 2049 is the continuation of the commodification of replicants, but this time with more advanced models. The engineers must have been proud how they encode florescent serial numbers on their products. I’m sure some psychology genetic engineers calculated to nearest thousands of decimal place to predict replicants’ behaviors, with false memories to create empathy and periodic post-traumatic stress testing to weed out (retire) the defective ones.
The humans take great liberty with their replicants because replicants are superior to humans in strength, intelligence, obedience, and more importantly moral virtue (i.e. they don’t lie or fight back). Replicants are a product that we can tease, flirt, intimidated, fight our wars, pleasure us, and do our bidding, sometimes with crocodile tears.
But these engineers never saw the Chiffon Margarine’s commercial slogan “It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!” And it is not nice indeed. Replicants first tried to erase their identities in a revolution called Blackout 2022 so they can disappear from authorities.
Now it seems that Mother Nature has had enough of human’s global warming, pollution, and overpopulation and chosen her side. Now that “the Messiah” has come of age to deliver her people. It’s time for the replicants to no longer be survivors, but now bearing witness to the humans for the deeds they have done. Has it is said, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
Unfortunately, for soulless Wallace, who is blinded (literally and figuratively) by the pursuit of commerce, these products are operating outside the bell curve of predictability.
I am sure he will get his comeuppance when the time comes, just like Tyrell did in original Blade Runner. I would have liked to have seen the final chapter of the Blade Runner universal featuring a replicant revolution. But for now, we will have to settle with the completed dystopian world Planet of the Apes trilogy.