SAN JOSE, Calif.—In bad news, Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab is not the kind of “VR film” that should have you rushing to purchase a high-end VR rig and exploring the edges of the Blade Runner universe.

The dialogue and story are first-draft fluff. The acting is stilted.
Its connections to the new film are tenuous at best.

And the series-lore payoff is equivalent to a cartoon character opening a wallet to let a single fly buzz out.
So why talk about it at all? Because this 25-minute experience is the most polished execution of VR-for-film I’ve ever seen, and it may herald the true beginning of VR films with actual human actors.


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