Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049 – “Do cats dream of chasing mice?”

Standing on the shoulder of the 1982 Ridley Scott classic, “Blade Runner 2049” breaks new ground in cinematography and expand the universe while exploring similar issues on humanity and consciousness.

“What does it take to be human?” Has always been the central topic of Blade Runner, and many other AI related science fictions. Dr. Tyrell from the original said, our motto is “more human than human.” Memories are implemented in replicants to provide emotional and character basis, such technique is also exploited in the hit HBO TV show “Westworld”. It’s another must see! I look forward to Season 2 with great enthusiasm.

2049 plays on memory even more and it serves a crucial part of the plot. I also like how AI / virtual assistant is portrayed in the movie, providing another aspect of humanity and emotion. We see genuine interaction between the characters and saddening heartbreaks.

There have been many movie reviews on 2049, including why it’s a box office flop. It was projected to make $40M to $50M on the opening weekend, but only netted in $30M. So far it has made $241M against a $185M budget, which is disappointing. Like its predecessor which performed poorly during initial theatrical run, perhaps the true appreciation for 2049 will come slowly with time.

Blade Runner was based on a novel called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Deckard’s dream of unicorn strongly hints that he is a replicant himself. Ridley Scott even said in a recent interview, “of course he is a replicant.” However, the point I’m trying to make here is regarding dreams of living creatures around us. I’m a devoted cat person, and we all know cats sleep 16 to 20 hours a day. Do they dream? Sometimes my cat, Milky, twitches his whiskers or ears when he is sleeping… hence the title of this article, “do cats dream of chasing mice”? Rather than wondering the consciousness of androids, what about the living wonders nature surrounds us with?

What do you think of Blade Runner 2049? Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? What is your cat dreaming about? Leave a comment and let me know!

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