Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years. – Warner Bros. Pictures
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Ridley Scott’s flawed masterpiece Blade Runner, 35 years later. This is a truly incredible film and I think going into the film without any knowledge enhances it, because of that I am going to try to avoid any and all spoilers. Luckily for everyone, the trailers are safe. The trailers barely show anything that gives away the plot. Seeing the original film certainly makes the viewing experience more insightful and enjoyable but it isn’t necessary to enjoy the film.
Blade Runner 2049 was directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has been killing it lately. Sicario and Arrival are two of his most recent works and they are fantastic, two very different movies. Villeneuve has range, you can certainly tell watching Blade Runner 2049. The film was written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Fancher wrote the original Blade Runner and Green wrote Logan, Alien Covenant and Green Lantern. Green has a fairly good track record excluding Green Lantern and that movie was certainly not his fault.
Blade Runner 2049 truly is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Visually speaking, I don’t think another film rivals it. I love watching movies in IMAX, I don’t always think it is necessary but for Blade Runner 2049 it absolutely is. In 1982 Ridley Scott introduced us to the dystopian future of LA, it looked good then but today wow. The scenery in this film is breathtaking. A portion of this film takes place in Las Vegas, it is incredible. The score almost rivals the visuals. Just like the visuals, the sounds also benefit from an IMAX viewing.
It is hard to say anything about the story of Blade Runner 2049 without spoiling it so I am going to be super vague. The story is fantastic, everything is a mystery. You will certainly be on the edge of your seat. Ryan Gosling’s character K is especially superb, he has an incredible arc and it takes many beats you don’t expect. The story builds off of the mythos of the original. This movie will make you rethink everything about humanity, it really is something special.
The acting on par with everything else was fantastic excluding Jared Leto. Ryan Gosling was the standout, of course. I would consider this to be one of his best roles. Gosling is one of my favorite actors, he can play just about any role. He is the swiss army knife of Hollywood. He plays K with his all and makes for a immensely compelling character. Harrison Ford is back as Rick Deckard and well he is Harrison Ford. The best part is you can tell he actually wanted to be in the movie. Dave Bautista isn’t in Blade Runner 2049 all that much be his role as Sapper is easily one of the best of his career. I love Bautista especially his portrayal of Drax but it is so refreshing for him to play a serious and dramatic role. Bautista can do some much more than the generic action guy that he usually plays and I am so glad he got his shot with Blade Runner 2049. Overall the acting across the board was superb except for Jared Leto. There is just something about Jared Leto I don’t like, I think he is overrated. He played Wallace, the new replicant manufacturer. I felt that he just hammed it up the whole time. His character was just bizarre maybe it was the writing but I lean more towards it being the portrayal. Everything the guy said was nonsense. One positive of his portrayal was, he isn’t bad at pretending to be blind then again they probably could’ve got a real blind guy to play Wallace better.
Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most thought provoking films of the whole year. Whether you like science fiction or not this is a film everyone should see. It asks one of the most stirring questions, “what does it really mean to be human?” Everyone can learn something from this movie.
I give Blade Runner 2049 a 9 out of 10, would watch again.
“More human than human.”
(There was a better quote I wanted to use but it was kinda spoilery.)