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The director of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve was asked this very question and his answer can be found at DenofGeek.com So when Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Vileneuve met with reporters at San Diego Comic-Con, someone inevitably had to ask which version of Blade Runner is Blade Runner 2049 a sequel to. "The thing is that I was raised with the ...


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No, it is not necessary, but will ultimately enhance your understanding and experience In order of importance, story-wise, I would say the short films are ranked as follows: Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 2036: Nexus Dawn 2048: Nowhere to Run Incidentally, this is also my recommended order of watching, as it is chronological and will therefore make most ...


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I just watched the director's explanation and – as I expected although I've not yet seen the film – he intended it to be a playful sign of hope in the face of climate change and endangered species. Murphy: How did you decide that he would come across bees? Villeneuve: There are a lot of problems with bees in the world right now. They are ...


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This is described in the anime "Blade Runner Black Out 2022", which serves as one of three prequels to Blade Runner 2049. With the introduction of the Nexus8 line of replicants, humans became more violent toward them and started to hunt and kill them. A few of them tried to erase the database of replicants. Iggy, Trixie and Ren, the technician responsible ...


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When Philip K. Dick wrote the novel that the first Blade Runner movie was based on, he had predicted that there will be three main powers: USA, CCCP and Japan. USA and Soviet Russia were in the middle of Cold War and in the time of publishing of the novel everything in the world revolved around those two countries. But at the same time Japan was the ...


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In short: Wallace's main motivation is very importantly twofold: 1. he wants mankind, in the trillions, to conquer the stars in flocks (the end goal being more philosophical, he wants to literally have man break out of the universe and into "heaven") and, importantly, 2. he wants to be the "God", or creator, who ushers in this ascension to heaven. This ...


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The daughter (Dr. Ana Stelline) creates memories for replicants. While she tells K that it's illegal to implant human memories in replicants, she also explains artists put a bit of themselves in their work and suggests it's why the memories she creates feel so authentic (and are in such high demand). And when she sees one of K's memories (possibly that of ...


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In this movie, Gaff lays down a sheep origami, which directly insults Officer K by implying he is like a sheep, always following orders. Remember, K is a Nexus 9, built to obey and never rebel. Gaff always uses his origami to silently taunt whoever is watching it, often being symbolic. Just to recap, in the first Blade Runner, he puts down the origami of a ...


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In Blade Runner Black Out 2022, one of the three short films release prior to 2049, it is shown that in an attempt to wipe replicants out of databases in Los Angeles, they detonated a nuclear device above the city. We can assume that this detonation worked similar to modern nukes in that it creates an EMP which destroyed most data archives in the city.


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The director says it's not necessary to see Blade Runner first Director Denis Villeneuve said that he intended for it to be accessible to first time viewers. "That was one of the challenges ... to create a movie that would be in total relationship to the first one, but could stand on its own," he said when we met to discuss the film in London recently. "...


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While Paulie_D already gives a very good answer right from the director himself, after having seen the film we can take a closer look at its story1, be it only to pretty much confirm what Villeneuve says, that it's ambiguous and ultimately unimportant (i.e. all versions). Let's first take a look at what the most significant differences are, the ones ...


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The Voight-Kampff test as it appears in the book and the movies comprises a series of questions designed to elicit an emotional response intended to measure empathy. The 'machine' is just intended to measure the involuntary response, in a similar way to a polygraph today. It's not entirely clear from the list of questions which ones 'score' more highly ...


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According to the first movie's press kit, they were "A genetically engineered creature composed entirely of organic substance." If you think about it - they are so physically indistinguishable from a real human that they must be screened through psychological and emotional testing (otherwise, x-ray's or blood testing or other medical testing would be used). ...


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Luv has one simple motive: she wants to be the best (she reveals this when she seemingly killed K). And Wallace constantly reminds her of that, especially in the scene where he kills the newborn. His message in that scene is that Luv is the only one he can trust to bring the child. As such, the tear she shed might have been a tear of joy. She is in no way a ...


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I interpreted this scene two ways, though I'm not sure the writers intended the second. In the original movie, Deckard asks Rachael what she would do if a wasp landed on her arm. She responds immediately that she would kill it; the desired human response. In the new movie, when a bee lands on K's arm, he doesn't kill. K stares at it fascinated. This to me ...


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What does Blade Runner mean? The world of the Blade Runner films is based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968). However, the name 'Blade Runner' was taken from a different book called The Bladerunner (1974) by Alan E. Nourse, in which the term "bladerunner" (one word) is used to describe black market suppliers and ...


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Throughout the film we can see several advertisements of the "Joi" product: an AI that you can buy and customize. She appears with different costumes and details. In the market scene, when K is looking at the picture of the tree and is approached by the 3 prostitutes, a version of Joi with a japanese schoolgirl outfit can be seen. Just after K's "sex" scene ...


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By saying that Rachael's eyes were green (although he knew perfectly well that they weren't) he basically told Wallace that no, Wallace's attempt to bribe/psychological torture will not work on him and that he wasn't just programmed to fall for Rachael as soon as he sees her. I asked myself the same question: "So, if Wallace didn't make such stupid mistake ...


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Note: this answer contains spoilers for both Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. I don't know if you are aware of the multiple cuts that were released of the original movie. The theatrical cut ends with the couple (Deckard+Rachael) running away, but it lacks some details that Ridley Scott had planned. Later on, he released the "Director's Cut" that changed ...


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Anybody without an eye code who can pass the Voigt-Kampff test is human (but unfortunately we don't see this in either film) There are two ways to detect a replicant that we see in the films: the Voigt-Kampff test and the Nexus-9 eye code. Humans will pass the Voigt-Kampff test, but the audience is never shown anybody who does In Blade Runner, Nexus-6 ...


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There are a couple of premises I'd dispute there. In the book, the reverence for living things is because they are so rare and don't exist any more. There is a longing for contact with real life, so part of that desire and longing is because they are so rare. "I'd kill the wasp" is not, actually, the expected answer. The answer is irrelevant. The response ...


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Nexus-9 replicants do have an eye code 2036: Nexus Dawn, one of the promotional short films for Blade Runner 2049, shows that Nexus-9 replicants do have an eye code. Given that K has gone through his life knowing he's a Nexus-9 replicant and works as a Blade Runner, he almost certainly has an eye code as well. But what does that prove? Having an eye code ...


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Replicants certainly do have emotions - Roy Batty exhibits anger and ultimately sadness; several of them exhibit fear at being discovered and retired. However, they are relatively underdeveloped, emotionally speaking. Replicants are physically matured and "born" at full adult growth - they don't go through a childhood to socially and emotionally mature like ...


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Having seen this film yesterday I asked myself the same question. The only conclusion that I could reach was that it was a case of hiding her in plain sight. By making her a useful tool for the replicant creators through her memory making abilities she was then of course protected by the very people who were searching for her. At the same time she would have ...


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As far as I could tell, the strange debriefing process he had to do was to monitor his baseline obedience, rather than actively try to correct it. By the looks of it, the police department simply retire replicants if they deviate from baseline, rather than spending time and effort correcting them, as seen in the way Madam gives K a chance to run away, ...


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They have not yielded the necessary information to replicate the issue, by virtue of the fact they are still looking for the child. Logically, you are correct; they have Rachel's DNA. The fact the records were destroyed was an overt attempt to conceal as much as possible from Wallace, so it's possible that her DNA holds some key. However, it's clearly not ...


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Bees aren't that harmful. From many apiculture websites, as longs as you're calm and not a threat: Most danger is avoided by working slowly and carefully and wearing the appropriate protective gear. Also, reacting suddenly to stings around the head entices more bees to sting. Bees dislike dark, woolly, or sweaty materials, so wear clean, light-colored, ...


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After watching the movie I have to say that to get the full experience from the movie you absolutely have to watch the original (I watched the Final Cut) and the three short films that were released this year. Thing is: a lot of major plot-points revolve around the events of these other products in a big way for the original movie and smaller but mutually ...


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No, she doesn't recognize him, and it's not the same Joi, except in appearance. In BR2049, my literal interpretation of the character "Joi" is that she exists entirely in software. Her physical appearance is not unique to K's apartment. Rather, it was designed, copied, and duplicated to many other products and services, just like a modern day "stock photo ...


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Because Rachael did have green eyes although Sean Young does not.* * - This was a continuity error. There is a later scene where we see Rachael with Sean Young's natural brown eyes. During the Voight-Kampff test this can be seen pretty clearly.


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