Movies

‘Blade Runner 2049’ detection work

Humans aren’t the only thing being replicated in “Blade Runner 2049.” There are a number of character parallels between the sci-fi sequel and its 1982 antecedent, including:

THE WORLD-WEARY COP

THEN: Rick Deckard(Harrison Ford)

NOW: K (Ryan Gosling)

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Whether it’s 2019 or 2049, “retiring” replicants is a dirty job — but someone’s gotta do it.

THE PERFECT(ED) WOMAN

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THEN: Rachael (Sean Young)

NOW: Joi (Ana de Armas)

Deckard found love with replicant Rachael. K finds something close with Joi, a hologram.

THE BIG BOSS

THEN: Tyrell (Joe Turkel)

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NOW: Niander Wallace (Jared Leto)

Replicant visionary Tyrell was climactically blinded by one of his creations. Menacing, milky-eyed Wallace is blind, too, but sees big things ahead for his next-gen androids.

THE RAGING REPLICANT

THEN: Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer),

Pris (Daryl Hannah)

NOW: Luv (Sylvia Hoeks)

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Eye-gouging Tyrell was just one way that existentially tormented Batty acted out. Luv, Wallace’s replicant gal Friday, appears designed in Rachael mode — until she lets her sadist flag fly. If you thought Pris’s spray-paint eyeliner was cuckoo, wait till you catch Luv’s manicure.

THE POLICE LIEUTENANT

THEN: Bryant (M. Emmet Walsh)

NOW: “Madam” (Robin Wright)

Bryant pushed Deckard around with help from Edward James Olmos’s origami-obsessed deputy. Madam doesn’t need help — she’s not even shy about hitting K with boy-toy overtures.

THE SICKLY GENIUS

THEN: J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson)

NOW: Dr. Ana Stelline (Carla Juri)

Prematurely aged replicant designer Sebastian lived alone in his spooky apartment with the living toys he created. Immunologically impaired replicant programmer Dr. Stelline lives alone in a sterile bubble with the virtual memories she creates.

THE NOT-SO-GENTLE GIANT

THEN: Leon (Brion James)

NOW: Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista)

Self-preservationist note to Deckard and K: Neither of these palookas likes questions. Case closed.

TOM RUSSO