don’t know much about science book
2049 suffers a bit from Denis’ reverence for the source material — it loses the grimy, meandering hypnodrome to make callbacks and push the subtext of the first film into the plot. But the analogue v. digital tension, determinism, and exploration of how technology never lets us leave the workplace are all productive new ideas. I can’t knock it for not quite measuring up to the greatest movie of all time — this is absolutely the best version of a Blade Runner sequel we were going to get and I still find myself coming back to it.
“Nobody knows what you believe. Do you?”
The atomic bomb looms so large in the collective consciousness that artists as different as Lynch and Nolan can trace their sensibilities to Los Alamos. The bomb is a cosmic, metaphysical representation of the evil that men do but also a calculated feat of science and engineering. I knew Nolan could show the process and professionalism; I did not think he would be as effective or willing to convey the existential horror.