The First ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Clip Introduces Us to the Wasteland
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When shouldn’t you release a clip for a movie? I can understand releasing entire chunks of a movie on YouTube when you’re working with an unproven or questionable title; if you’re trying to entice audiences to see some mediocre horror film, then by all means, release one of the movie’s better jump scares in an effort to get them into the theater. But when you’ve got a title as recognizable as Blade Runner 2049, with several excellent trailers and a few smart television spots, why bother? How many people could possibly be on the fence at this point?
That being said, if you are the sort of person who enjoys watching movie clips, you’ll enjoy this one quite a bit. In this first clip from the long-anticipated adaptation of Fallout 3, Ryan Gosling’s character stumbles across Little Lamplight, a town populated and run almost entirely by pre-adolescent chi… wait. That’s not right, sorry. In this first clip from Blade Runner 2049 (via The Playlist), Ryan Gosling’s Officer K stumbles across a post-apocalyptic sweat farm run by Lennie James. Whew, all better.
There’s a lot that can be unpacked in this new scene — in particular, the suggestion by James’ character that Gosling is not actually human, which is a surprising thing to explicitly state in the marketing material — but honestly, what could you possibly learn from this clip that you didn’t already know? You knew months ago if you were going to see Blade Runner 2049 or not. I doubt most casual moviegoers spend their days looking up movie clips online, so I’ll admit, I’m a little confused as to who this is for. Unless it’s for Lennie James fans, in which case, you got me. Would watch again.
Here’s the full plot synopsis for Blade Runner 2049:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.