Blade Runner 2049 (2017; directed by Denis Villeneuve): Blade Runner 2049 is the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s (1982) Blade Runner. Set 30 years after the events of the original film—Blade Runner 2049 charts the efforts of K (a NEXUS-9 replicant) to find and “retire” a child born of a replicant mother (Rachael) and ostensibly human father (Deckard).  In addition to expanding on many of the philosophical themes covered by its predecessor, Blade Runner 2049 introduces us to a number of new and important issues, many revolving around the notion of being “interlinked”. The film thus explores the way in which a nexus of relationships (romantic, social, familial, and so on) contributes to our sense of what we are, what we were, and what we might one day become. [recommended by Paul Smart, University of Southampton]

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