Thursday, October 12, 2017


Blade runner wasn't a film I was initially sold on when I first heard about. When I finally watched it, I realized that while I didn't LOVE it, I did enjoy it. Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos give great performances, and the originality of the story, (By Philip K Dick) really kept me interested.
When I heard they were making  a sequel and it was going to have Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto  who are some of my favorite actors, and that  Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos were coming back from the first film, I got excited. The potential for it to be great was there. Also it comes from the direct Denis Villeneuve, director of Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, I knew they could hit this out of the park.  Blade Runner 2049 had the potential of being epic. 

 The story involves around a Blade Runner named Agent K, sent by his superiors to hunt replicants. He starts by taking down a replicant played by Dave Bautista, and int he process, finds clues that lead him to cross paths with Harrison Ford's agent Deckard, There he learns about the replicant Deckard tried to save, and how it all ties together now. He also crosses paths with Jared Leto, the maker of the new replicants, and his right hand, a kick ass psycho named Luv, played with crazy intensity by Sylvia Hoeks. There is also a great turn from Robin Wright, as K's boss Lieutenant Joshi.

I loved this film. From the direction, to the acting, to the amazing set design and sound. Each Thing feeds the other. Its a terrific film to accompany the first one. And while there were a few minutes where I thought it could be a little quicker, all the other elements out weighed those few minutes.
You get scared for K, as he makes his way through this dystopian maze. You feel for him as he realizes everything about his life, and how sad he is. You feel for Ford's aging detective. All the things he sacrificed. All to protect what he would never get to enjoy. The whole movie really is about sacrifice. How we make it. And how we live with it once we do. 

                                                                   THE VERDICT
Blade Runner: 2049 has amazing visual effects, top notch directing and acting, and has some of the most gorgeous cinematography you will see in a while. Definitely a story that needed to be told. I give it an A. Easily my favorite film of the year! 

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