Latest Blade Runner trailer reveals a huge secret

Filmmakers must hate these trailer analysis posts.

First watch the latest trailer below and then move below the post for some analysis that may or may not reveal some pretty big plot points of the film.



So as the trailer begins there’s someone busting through a thick stone wall in pursuit of Deckard (Harrison Ford) and his dog. One would assume that’s a replicant.

If this is in fact a reverse angle of that shot and therefore a continuation of that sequence (it’s a trailer, so assume nothing), indicate that Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is, er, more human than human. And if that’s the case, that’s a pretty big spoiler, huh?

Take a look at that jacket. That sure looks like the jacket Officer K is wearing, no?

Another spoiler: looks like Officer K is not only pursuing Deckard, but saving him from his own old Spinner, which goes boom.

Pair this shot with Joi (Ana de Armas) saying “I always told you, you’re special” to (again, we think) Officer K, and this trailer is either spoiling lots of Blade Runnner 2049‘s plot, or it’s genetically engineered to be misleading.

There’s a million other things to pick apart in this trailer (that 6-10-21 date scratched in the stone – Rachael’s grave?; a virtual reality forest; the return of Atari; Dave Bautista’s weird getup), but who has the time?

The other point to note is Officer K saying to Deckard, “I want to ask you some questions.” The way that moment hangs in the air makes me wonder if one (or both) of these fellas is about to take the Voight-Kampff test.

While the original was a waking daydream of gorgeous gritty visuals and endless talking about what makes us human, 2049 looks set to be something different altogether. Let’s hope it leaves some room for rumination amongst what looks like a lot of action set in the wasteland beyond the original movie.

This film comes with a pretty excellent pedigree and given it is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is coming off his Oscar nomination as Best Director for one is perhaps one of the best science fiction films in the last few years — Arrival — colour me excited about 2049 and its possibility to be one of the best films of the year. You heard it here first folks.

Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6th.


Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.