Synopsis: A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.
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Who chose it: Brent
Why I chose it: I adore the original “Blade Runner” – it’s one of my favorite films. Choosing “2049” was a no-brainer.
There’s a lot of ground to cover in 500 words, so let’s get this train movie fast. The year is 2049 and police called “Blade Runners” hunt and “retire” (kill) replicants – artificially made humanoids – who have gone rogue. Gosling’s “Agent K” is one such cop.
Upon retiring a replicant, Agent K discovers a box of bones buried near the replicant’s house. The forensics team discovers they were the bones of a replicant who died during child birth.
Recounting the next steps would spoil the film, so I will leave this revelation as a teaser for you.
Good sequels must accomplish two things: capture the spirit of the original and introduce new elements. “2049” does both. Trading the original film’s noir-style for a mystery/hero’s journey tale, the film utilizes the core characters from the original – Rick Deckard and his replicant lover, Rachel – in an ingenious way in the narrative.
Gosling turns in a wonderful performance, summoning the steely exterior he employed in “Drive” with new polish and different shades. Harrison Ford is excellent along with Jared Leto’s outstanding turn as “Niander Wallace”. Newcomer Ana De Armas is wonderful as an Alexa-type AI companion to Gosling’s “K” and Robin Wright turns in a solid performance as “Lieutenant Joshi.” My word limit forces me to exclude praise for the rest of the ensemble, but the film has no weak spot in the acting department.
The first film’s writer Hampton Fancher returns to co-write this screenplay along with “Logan” writer Michael Green. Fancher, whose “Blade Runner” is a cerebral exploration of what it means to be human, sets out to do much of the same in “2049”. Attacking the concept of the human from all angles, we explore questions about the significance of artificial intelligence birthing new life, the adequacy of AI as a companion, and your typical God-complex questions from a movie about artificial intelligence.
Denis Villeneuve is, in my opinion, the most exciting director working in Hollywood today. To see him helm a big-budget think-piece, shoulder the expectations from the original, and deliver a stunner of a movie is simultaneously exhilarating and unsurprising. He has a gift for taking “heady” films and making them accessible for casual moviegoers. His ability to invite the audience into the craft of visual storytelling is refreshing – aided by the breathtaking cinematography of Roger Deakins.
You may find “2049” difficult to grasp conceptually. I would argue that’s not a problem. The film invites – and I expect it rewards – repeat viewings, just like Villeneuve’s “Arrival”.
This is a film that demands to be seen in theaters. Not only because it is imperative that art of this quality earns a profit to stave the tide of ham-handed reboots, sequels, and extended universes – despite itself being a sequel – but because in “2049” is a film made for the theater.
Step out, go to the theater, and enter another world for a few hours. You won’t be disappointed; I can’t wait to go back.
Most people who go to the theaters to watch a sequel usually do so because they liked that sequel’s predecessor. I’ll admit that this wasn’t the case when I went to see “Blade Runner 2049”. It’s not that I hated the 1982 original, I just…couldn’t get into it. I mostly understand the movie and I think the storyline is fascinating. I chalk up my disinterest to slow-pacing, some confusing concepts, and the fact that Harrison Ford isn’t very like-able as Rick Deckard.
That being said, “Blade Runner 2049” grabbed my attention from its gorgeous and exciting trailer and it’s killer cast. And though it’s 164-minute run-time was a little on the long side for me, I have to say- the movie didn’t disappoint.
This sequel captures the spirit and feel of the 1982 “Blade Runner” (without being copy-and-paste), but still manages to be fresh and unique. Although it’s a continuation of the first film’s story, the newest installment could almost be watched on its own. The movie continues to address the same questions from the original: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to have a soul? Where do we draw the line between human life and artificial intelligence? But by no means does it recycle material- it manages to ask these questions in new and intriguing ways.
The acting in this film is perfection. Ryan Gosling shows yet another side to his acting repertoire. Harrison Ford, even as an older actor now, never ceases to impress. Jared Leto is creepy perfection. And I’m always happy to see Robin Wright- she’s a terrific actress who has really made a comeback recently. I’ll also give a shout-out to newcomers Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks- both gave captivating performances.
“Blade Runner 2049” features some of the most beautiful cinematography I’ve ever seen in a film. Every shot is stunning. The movie is just as much a treat for the eyes as it is an excellently well-told story.
The film’s music (a joint effort by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch) is spot on. It would have been easy to simply copy the iconic score by Vangelis- Zimmer and Wallfisch (who are both no strangers to making epic soundtracks) create a soundtrack that encapsulates the futuristic feel of the original score, but has a sound all its own.
I won’t go into too much detail about the plot of “Blade Runner 2049” because I think it’s a movie one should experience. Like the original “Blade Runner”, this isn’t the kind of movie that’s going to spell everything out for you. It leaves a lot to interpretation.
When we saw the movie, I wasn’t completely blown away. But in the days since, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it (maybe because Brent won’t stop talking about it). The more time that passes, the more I’d like to see again. “Blade Runner 2049” is one of the best made films of 2017 and I highly recommend it.
Up Next: Get out your best dress – we’re checking out the 1959 comedy “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon,
Peace out, kids.