There’s a fair amount of time between 2019 when the original Blade Runner aired and the year Blade Runner 2049 takes place in. Other than Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) making himself scarce, what happened during that time? Director Denis Villeneuve answers some of those questions in this, the first of three short, in-world films that cover the thirty year break.
“Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn” shows Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) introducing the “perfect” replicant in an effort to reverse a recent ban on creating replicants. This one and its kind will, he claims, never rebel and never run.
It is to the officials’ credit that they are appalled by Niander’s choice of proof, and possibly don’t believe his claims anyway. Do we as viewers believe his claims? Would there be a movie if they were true? What do you think?
The official synopsis for Blade Runner 2049
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), 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.