Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve is the sequel to Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott). I will not ruin the plot, so no spoiler hereafter. My only comment is: if you loved the book or the first movie, you will love the sequel. So, what kind of computers or code are we supposed to run in 2049 according to the movie? Not much in fact. Only one interesting nugget: the text is displayed ambidextrously. In other words, the caret is not getting lazy on its way back to the left margin, but instead, it displays the next line… OK, I warned you, no much to see. The movie depicts an apocalyptic world – probably the most accurate projection into our near future –, in which, we are able to stack our trash without having to worry anymore about other species or the good-for-nothing. I particularly like what we did to San Diego and its region :). When Ryan Gosling (K) goes investigating an orphanage managed by Lennie James (Mister Cotton), we can see an army of kids recycling good old PC junk with their bare hand (as it should be). If you look carefully, you may recognize heatsinks, MOBOs from various systems, etc. Two fun facts to close this post. First, Hungarians are really everywhere and have not vanished in the graveyards of history in 2049. If you know Hungarian, you can clearly hear Vilma Szécsi (Angry Old Lady) cursing at the beginning of the movie. Well, it tastes better in Hungarian ;-). Second, and it must be the French-Canadian origin of the Director, we find out that K drives a flying Peugeot! If we remember the number of dead brands present in the Blade Runner movies, I would worry if I owned Peugeot shares…
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FYI, Peugeot is a French brand, it’s never had much presence in the Québec province where French cars were probably sold in higher numbers than in other provinces. Renault was much more successful. Neither have been sold in Canada for about 30 years. I very much doubt that Denis Villeneuve was influenced by Peugeot cars in his youth.
Normand Chamberland could it then be a basic product placement? Thanks for your comment!
Apparently, Peugeot had nothing to do with it, according to a French article I found. auto.bfmtv.com – Blade Runner 2049: cette Peugeot qui n’est pas vraiment une Peugeot
So this would only be artistic license. 🙂