Blade Runner 2049

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Swanner: Blade Runner came to theaters in 1982 starring Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, an ex-cop who now works as a Blade Runner. The job of a Blade Runner is to find and terminate replicants. Now 30 years into the future, K (Ryan Gosling), also a Blade Runner, uncovers a secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Deckard, who hasn’t been seen in all of those 30 years.

Director Denis Villeneuve took on a big task to take on a sequel to the original film, which has such a huge following. Along with writers, Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, they have created a real story that is worthy of being called a sequel to such a cult favorite. They also paint an even more bleak picture of the future than the first film offered. That being said, the production value on the film is incredible. The look of this world worked in the original film, and it certainly tells a story here. All the technical elements are amazing. Cinematography, art direction, sound, editing, and score are all Oscar worthy.

The film has the same pacing as the original film, so the first half is a bit slow. As K makes his discoveries it starts to pick up, and leads to the big ending. Along with Gosling and Ford, the rest of the incredible cast includes Robin Wright, Ada de Armas, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and a stand out performance from Sylvia Hoeks. I was never a big fan of Blade Runner, but did love the world it created. Blade Runner 2049 should have people going back to watch the original film, which should create a new fan base.

Swanner: 3 stars

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