Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bladerunner 2049 2017 9+ out of 10

BladeRunner 2049  2017  9+ out of 10

Now that is how you do a sequel to a 35 year old sci-fi movie.   If you listen to our podcast you will know by now that I’m not a big fan of Reboots and Remakes I general (there is an exception to every generalization).     I am however a fan of a sequel that builds on a pays tribute to the original film.   I loved both The Force Awakens and Tron Legacy –because they expanded on the previous films –while introducing new characters into the story as well.    In my opinion Bladerunner 2049 succeeds in doing this as well.  If you are a fan of the original Bladerunner than you are more likely to enjoy this sequel as well.   It definitely feels like an extension of the universe created in the first film.

The sets in this film are amazing.   Every set piece is like a work of art.  The visuals and music set the mood that puts you right back into the Bladerunner world.  This picture takes place about 30 years after the original and features a Replicant named K (played by Ryan Gosling)  that is tasked to hunt down older model Replicants.  On one of his missions he stumbles upon a mystery that leads him down a dangerous rabbit hole.  Like the original this film is sci-fi noir set amongst the rainy underworld that is Los Angeles in the future.   The film seamlessly blends into what you would expect the extension of the Bladerunner world would look and feel like.   The story consists of a satisfying mystery that ties in with the events of the first film that eventually leads the Bladerunner to find Deckard (played by Harrison Ford).   Of course this happens late in the films 2 hours and 45 minute running time.   My only complaint that I wish we had more time with Harrison’s character. 

Bladerunner 2049 is not for everyone.   Like the original it is a science fiction mystery story.  It isn’t an action adventure film with big explosions ---but instead a slow thought provoking

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