10 Sci-Fi Movies That Broke All The Rules
One of the most well-worn tropes in both sci-fi cinema and blockbuster movies as a whole is that of the "Chosen One," the seemingly ordinary protagonist who learns that they're somehow destined to become a saviour figure. For example, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in Star Wars or Neo (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix.
It's a tidy way for screenwriters to introduce audiences to a foreign, high-concept sci-fi world alongside the protagonist, even if in 2020 it's a plot device that feels thoroughly played out.
So a wonderful surprise it was, then, when Blade Runner 2049 decided to cleverly flip the entire Chosen One arc on its head.
For most of the film, audiences are led to believe that replicant protagonist K (Ryan Gosling) is the son of Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Rachael (Sean Young), only for the third act to reveal that, in fact, K isn't related to them at all.
Rather, Deckard and Rachael's child is actually a daughter, Dr. Ana Stelline (Carla Juri), a fairly minor character who appeared earlier in the film.
It's a brilliantly executed moment, ingeniously subverting one of the most commonplace sci-fi movie cliches, underlined by K's utter devastation at learning he isn't who he thought he was.