Blade Runner was amazing. I’m going to assume that you’ve seen it at this point, because it has been out since the 5th and I can’t keep this spoiler-filled review waiting any longer.
Let me tell you quickly what this film is about. In a word, self-determination.
All of it really comes together in the end, when “K” realizes that he’s not that special after all. He feels this resonate deep in his core and it hurts him. The narrative that the film has been building comes shattering down when he finds out that he is not the prince that was promised, the boy who lived, or the One in the previous scene. He learns he’s just a Replicant like millions of others. Soon after, his hologram wife who has been propping up his ego is destroyed and he ends up being solicited by a massive advertisement for yet another hologram AI waifu simulator.
The hologram bends down and even calls him “Joe”, just like his ‘unique’ customized waifu did.
That’s when it sinks in. That’s when the real “K” is born. He realizes how insignificant and alone he really is. Just an atom or a…
CELL- building block of one- CELL- K is the empty man, living inside an empty room- CELL- 48 hours until he’s arrested and put away into a- CELL.
It’s about as red-pilled a message as you’ll ever see coming out of Hollywood because the man is miserable without the shared connections, the shared meanings and shared memories that are necessary for humans (and Replicants I suppose) to thrive.
But here is the funny thing. K is literally the liberal fantasy, the end point of all their social experimentation. A man reduced to a completely un-linked cell.
That’s not all.
Everything that liberals want is exemplified in the future universe of Blade Runner. The multi-kulti slums, the easy no-strings-attached sex, gratuitous pornography and the desire to flee to a better neighborhood (off-world) are definitely there.
What’s more, you even have the techno-fetishist geek archetype explored in the movie as well. His name is Wallace and like all nerds, he has no children and can only think about reproducing in the abstract. This part really hit home for me, because I have been surrounded by freaks like Wallace my entire life. Hyper-intelligent nerds that hate everybody, are filled with angst and disgust at the natural world and whom God has condemned to a life of involuntary celibacy.
They take it out on the world by doing everything they can to accelerate the day Skynet goes live or something similar to what happens in Blade Runner. They go in the bog too.
But back to K.
K immediately embraces his newfound self-worth, right at the moment when the edifice that underpinned it all comes crashing down. He remains the empty man, but he doesn’t crumble. He stoically endures and becomes a kind of Terminator instead of seeking Replicant therapy to get in touch with his sensitive numale feelings or some 2017 bullshit.
Because it’s 2049 in the film, not the Current Year.
And the message that the film sends about life is clear because of the blase way in which it is quickly snuffed out and quickly created again.
Our lives are not inherently worthy, but what we do with them can make a difference. Men can understand that message on a deep, biological level, and this message resonates with them in particular. Women on the other hand…well, I think most got triggered by the ideal waifu scenes and stopped paying attention there…
Once again, in the end, just like Roy Batty from the original film, K the Replicant manages to become more human than all the pathetic humans around him that spend their lives scratching out a shitty existence in that dystopia.
You’re left to mull over that one on your own.
And there’s one even more powerful message that the audience can take away from the film:
Family is the bedrock of civilization- INTERLINKED- and one’s nation must be simply one’s extended family to feel – INTERLINKED – otherwise you get a dystopia of individual – CELLS- running around, fucking, chasing money and killing themselves slowly. We are all technologically connected, but we all feel estranged from one another, even vapid MTV stars make songs about wanting to feel – INTERLINKED – but the only way to do that is to have a shared culture, shared values and shared race – INTERLINKED.
K finds himself in that dystopian hellhole when he discovers a cause worth fighting for. In this case, the Replicant Rebellion.
He becomes a soldier, a literal Nietzchian superman on a rescue and destroy mission. Just like the Terminator before him, K the Replicant exemplifies the Aryan warrior ideal.
And I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but there is a rebellion brewing in the Current Year as well.
In short, its a film about us, we band of atomized brothers who found meaning in a cause greater than ourselves. And just like K, we harness great strength from our convictions, they motivate us to sacrifice and struggle because in that struggle we find meaning and new connections – INTERLINKED CELLS.
Blade Runner 2049 reminded me of just how amazing the current year could be with us in charge. Our values and our messages with the technology that we now possess could create amazing films that would inspire our people to greater heights, not glorify the lowest among us. Everything would be the same on one hand, we’d have the rockets and the jets and the high-speed computers, but the texture and feel of life would be completely different.
It would be less dystopian and filled with looming dread, and instead, boundlessly optimistic…well one can dream anyway.
But we have to deal with the dystopia that we find ourselves in, not the utopia we wish we could have. Just like K does in 2049, we too have to find something worth fighting for in 2017.