This second Blade Runner short film is titled 2048: Nowhere to run and focuses on Dave Bautista’s enigmatic character Snapper who appeared momentarily in trailers for the feature-length sequel due out next month. Like 2036: Nexus Dawn this second short was also shot by Luke Scott.
Set only a year before the upcoming film this little short follows Snapper, who is a replicant. He displays empathy and clearly has an inquisitive mind for a machine which is displayed through his interaction with the young girl and the choice of the book he gifts to her. Is he potentially the same generation of Nexus that Niander unveiled in the last short? This short feels like it will make the encounter between Goslings Agent K and Bautista’s Snapper in the movie make a little more sense, but I’m also very curious to see what other relevance this character has to the overall story to warrant him getting the main focus in his own short film.
What I must say is that I was really impressed by Bautista’s portrayal of a gentle but dangerous entity, the way he reacts is almost like a wild animal that lashes out to protect its kin. Initially, when I found out Bautista was in the film I didn’t really have an opinion but after this short, I’m actually quite intrigued to see where he will take the character. The fact that the short is titles Nowhere to Run I have a feeling that his character is pretty much doomed like the Replicants of the original film but I’m still interested in how things will turn out.
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