Blade Runner 2049 – Movie Review

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It’s been 35 years since the original Blade Runner that starred Harrison Ford as the main lead and Ridley Scott at the director’s chair, which took audiences to a sci-fi noir cyberpunk future version of Los Angeles. Now in 2017 the cult classic has now been given a sequel, with this time a new director, Denis Venevue, and starring Ryan Gosling as the new Blade Runner. Blade Runner 2049, while being a fantastic film on its own, it shows respect to its predecessor in every way and also building upon it, making this film a worthy sequel and a modern classic as the original did back in 1982.

 

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The basic main premise of the Blade Runner series is that it follows an ongoing civil issue between humans and the artificially and bio-engineered humans, called replicants, that was built with the sole design to take on jobs that humans did not desire, such as hard-labor ones, and but have superior strength, agility, and intelligence in comparison to ordinary humans. Following an off-world colony mutiny lead by Nexus-6 model replicants, Earth made these artificial humans illegal and designated certain individuals to hunt them down, these individuals were dubbed the title, Blade Runner. This is where the original film starts from, and it is from this premise that 30 years later, Blade Runner 2049 takes place, following Blade Runner, Agent K, in the midst of an investigation to eliminate the remaining older Nexus-8 models. While the investigation continues, and mysteries uncovered, the film makes the audience question what makes a human really human? Why is K on this mission? What does it mean to the film’s message as a whole? Are replicants really that different from humans? These are the questions that explored throughout the film and its answers are best experienced watching it unfold.

 

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The film’s presentation is simply gorgeous. Cinematographer Roger Deakins’ shots are filled to the brim with vibrant colors, living worlds, and oozing with atmosphere. The film’s nearly 3-hour run time never feels dull as there is always something to look at, allowing the movie to fully deliver the director’s vision. This especially helps a film of this caliber that is tone heavy, and Blade Runner 2049 excels in this department, as from the beginning to its very end, the tone of this film is palpable and felt by its audience.

 

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Blade Runner 2049 is not a film for everyone, as it is not the standard Hollywood action blockbuster film, but rather one that takes its time and explores thought-provoking themes that make its audience reflect on themselves and the world in a meaningful way. If you are into sci-fi and films that challenge the typical film-making landscape and take it in new interesting directions, then this is the movie for you. Even for newcomers to Blade Runner, this film is simply outstanding and not only deserves to be seen in the theater but also a definite Blu-ray purchase. A film that will truly withstand the testament of time.

 

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