Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant, a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.
To prevent a possible war between replicants and humans, K is secretly tasked with finding the child and destroying all evidence related to it. His assignation leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner is back for the rejoice of the fans of original movie.
With the film running over two hours, Blade Runner 2049 landscape runs excessively long in a tweaked daylight stained Californian metropolis.
Gosling is ideal in the role as K, the screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant) drives us into the story depth with phenomenal immersion.
Set 35 years after the first Blade Runner, it shows how much has changed amid those three decades.
This is no reboot, no intent is shown to setup a revitalization and make a series of movies, repetitive and lost in its main objective like many reboots nowadays.
This is an epic 160 minutes sequel that aims to transport you into its own world with visuals and acting accordingly. The story drags for some moments and can get boring unless you feel its immersion and involvement around the mysteries, the characters and the awesome background design.
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The way the movie uncovers its objective story and characters is one of its most noteworthy qualities, revealing and providing how the relationship between replicants can appear genuine. And if a replicant can be conceived and evolve “naturally”, the idea of life comes into question. Will robots be able to love?
Replicants are the recollections coming from figments of human experience, however, a mystery about a missing child brings out the existential crisis in its investigation.
Not much can be told without spoiling a movie of this style, it takes place in Los Angeles during the year 2049 and the past character played by Harrison Ford makes his appearance as a helping hand for K.
Blade Runner 2049 universe is the same of the 1982 Blade Runner original, the cinematography is awe inspiring, set to involve and immerse you in a very polished and thought out design. There is a lot to appreciate in this sightseeing and exploration setup.
Same for the story and drama unfolding moments, with real emotions at stake as you also try understand things and what drives the main character powerful distinction in a world desperate to be mindful of itself.
Is this a movie for the old audience cult of the first film? Definitely.
Is it intended to grab new fans to the series? absolutely.
Will it grab the attention of younger audience? Not right away. Like the first Blade Runner, the competition around the available date on theaters is fierce with many expected titles coming out, some of them sequels too.
There is enough cinematic work to make Blade Runner 2049 another cult movie, and anyone who liked the original will have a great time, special those who are into sci-fi world settings.
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Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Music composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch
Screenplay: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
Story by Hampton Fancher
Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas
Production: Warner Bros.