REVIEW OF BLADE RUNNER 2049: on the ontology of replication

ABSTRACT: Can a copy be as good as, or even better than, the original? If not a copy, then a creative repetition? Can the successor species to humanity, or the sequel to a film, have a soul?

I greatly enjoyed BLADE RUNNER 2049 but I do not share the opinion that it somehow “surpasses” the original film. My impression is that the new film is a pedagogical sequel. It is much more explicit about some of the issues raised by the first film, and even about its enigmas, which are no longer simply suggested but explicitly discussed.

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