I will start this review/ analysis of the movie Blade Runner 2048 with the notion that it is a fantastic lm; every shot, scene, and line has some meaning behind it that can be talked about for hours. In this humble, sleep deprived, and broke college student’s opinion, it is one of the best films that I have ever seen. However, this article is not necessarily a review, but more of a character study of the main character K, who is played by the brilliant Ryan Gosling in probably his best role to date.
However, I digress, K is a Blade Runner who is an advanced humanoid robot or ‘replicant’ t hat kills his own kind who go rogue or are older models for the police. K starts the movie by going to a farm and killing one of the older ‘replicants’. This is done with little to no emotion, like it is just a regular day at the office. Take a note my reader, this will be important later.
After retiring that replicate, he finds another body buried by a tree. K then heads back to the station. Once he returns to the police station, he undergoes an emotional test that is designed to make sure he does not go off base or start developing emotions. This an important scene because it shows that K is not only oppressing his emotions, but that his job, co-workers, supervisors, and society are telling him not to feel emotion. K then brings the body to his lieutenant, and they discover that the body is a replicate and that it had gave birth. This is an import- ant event because a replicant cannot have children.
K is ordered by his lieutenant to hunt the adolescent to stop a social uprising that will happen if people find out about the child. K does not disobey his orders, but he shows some remorse in his duties remarking that “to be born is to have a soul and I have never retained something that was born.” This is the very motive of his character because it is revealed that he was the child born of a replicant.
This utterly destroys K’s sense of self because he thought he was special, that everything he thought he was is a lie. The fact that he was born means that he will be hunted, so at this point he is terrified but also the happiest he’s ever been because he is alive.
When K gets back to his apartment, the audience is introduced to Joi, a personal Hologram AI, that is made for “personal pleasure.” Some have seen this as objectifying woman, especially since she is using an actual replicant pleasure model to be with K for a night.
However, critics fail to mention that Joi is putting herself into a situation where she will mostly likely die, so this could be her last time to be with a man that she loves.
Could it have been omitted from the film? Mostly likely yes. At the very least it has some importance to K and Joi’s characters. The reason why Joi is so important to the lm is because she drives K to find out more about him- self, even giving him a name: Joe.
When she dies, K realizes that he was not born and that his memories were just implantIn addition, K speaks to an advertisement of Joi, who points out that he looks sad. He then realizes that Joi’s love could have been programmed and not genuine.
Everything he was ghting for, his “true” identity is gone with the death of Joi and the realization of her emotions.
What’s amazing is that this is all done in five minutes and in one most subtle ways possible. However, he redeems himself by bringing the father of the born replicant to the child. At the end of the lm, he is not K or Joe, he is himself, not influenced by Joi or by his programming thus making him special.