From: Lamezia Terme (Italy)
Some of the scenes in BR 2049 seem to have been taken from the earlier scripts versions of the original BR movie, written by Hampton Fancher, that were never filmed. The first BR 2049 scene is one of those scenes.
I read the original script (I bought it during a vacation in NY circa 1995) and I recognised the parts that were added to BR 2049. My point re: the new movie was "Yes, but what can you tell of new i n 2017?" And the substance (again: not the style) was: not so much.
I loved the idea of the "Big Blackout" (even if it is partly stolen from "1997: Escape from New York"). However, the focus of BR 2049 is about a human race that faces its own extinction (due to climate change among other factors) and the next "Lords of the Earth", the replicants (and it is eerie to think about how much jobs are been taken, just now, by AIs and robotics - with even more in the near-mid future.)
So, there was much to talk about in a Blade Runner sequel. Instead, I felt like the movie makers decided to "play it safe", and the result was a movie strong on visuals but eerily empty in content. I mean: what was left to think about once the movie finished? For sure, not about the darkest futures towards which, right now, we are descending.
"Yes darling, I served in the Navy for eight years. I was a cook..."
"Oh dad... so you were a God-damned cook?"
(My 10 years old daughter after watching "The Hunt for Red October")