Blade Runner 2049 has been one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Why the excitement? This follow-up to the cult classic Blade Runner has been years in the making.
Released in 1982, Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott was based on the Philip K. Dick short story ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ Set in the futuristic year of 2019, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a “Blade Runner” who is assigned to assassinate “replicants”. The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. Deckard is called out of retirement to track down and terminate four replicants who escape from an off-world colony and come to Earth.
When it first hit theatres, Blade Runner gained mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office. Over the years, it has a gained a cult following and now is regarded as a sci-fi masterpiece.
With expectations too high, is a Blade Runner 2049 a worthy sequel? Yes.
Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a young blade runner LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant. To avoid a potential war between replicants and humans, K is secretly tasked with finding the child and destroying all evidence related to it. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Featuring a superb cast, Ryan Gosling steals the film with his impressive performance. Gosling brings compassion to the character which makes him likeable. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard and gives a solid performance along with Ana de Armas and Robin Wright in tow.
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) takes over the director’s chair from Ridley Scott. With big shoes to fill, Villeneuve masterfully directs a stellar sci-fi film audiences will enjoy. In its running time of 163 minutes, Blade Runner 2049 is well paced, visually stunning and mind-bending film.
The direction is perfect, managing a well-crafted narrative with incredible cinematography by Roger Deakins and spectacular production design by Dennis Gassner. Excellent music score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, a worthy follow up to Vangelis’ music in the original film.
Blade Runner 2049 is a fantastic film and great successor to Blade Runner. It’s a must-see for fans of the first movie and sci-fi fans.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars