Blade Runner 2049 Review

Posted October 9, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Movies

Directed by: Dennis Villeneuve

Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto

Released:  10/06/2017

Blade Runner defined the way people think about science fiction. Despite being a box-office bomb at the time, the appreciation has only grown with time. Blade Runner 2049 was a sequel nobody saw coming, and one that shouldn’t have existed without a grand vision like Ridley Scott back in the 80’s.

Dennis Villeneuve, the director behind Arrival and Sicario, manages to bring Ridley Scott’s world to life. Blade Runner 2049 never feels like a cheap copy, but an extension of the world. It’s rare for a sequel to recapture the magic of the original, especially after such a long absence. Here, the world feels authentic. The visuals, architecture, and music feel reverent of the original.

The cast, led by Ryan Gosling as K, is also fantastic. Gosling gives a career-best performance here, and his interactions with Harrison Ford’s Deckard and Robin Wright’s Madam shine. Ford delivers the role of a lifetime, and his reverence for Deckard is evident.

Blade Runner 2049 is a great analogy for a world run by corporations and plagued by slavery, with Replicants being used as slave labor and discarded. The timing of the film’s release is very relevant, and has implications in the modern political climate. Social commentary is at times subtle, but often quite blatant. The movie touches on themes of inequality, police brutality, and social injustice. All these themes are layered throughout the movie, and work quite well.

All that said, the film has pacing issues, especially during the second act. Gosling struggling with his own humanity is an important theme, but the film could have shaved fifteen or so minutes with ease.

Villeneuve also avoids the trap of trying to or improve on scenes from the original. What he does manage to do is create a world that feels like a natural progression from the original.

Overall, Blade Runner 2049 succeeds on all levels. It’s science fiction for the thinking person. It’s another great success for Villeneuve, and cements him as one of the great filmmakers of our generation.

Check out this movie, and you will not be disappointed. It’s a great sequel and companion piece to the original film.

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