Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

(2017)

Ryan Gosling stars in the sequel to the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. Returning are Harrison Ford who reprises his role as Rick Deckard and Scott who co-produces.... More

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.Hide

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Denis Villeneuve is some kind of cinematic magician. He bounces between genres, masters them all, and has now resurrected a 35-year-old classic and made it his own. It’s like he soaked in the essence of Blade Runner and channelled it into this new story, which continues the original’s themes regarding sentience, expands on them, then adds new shades of grey.... More

Villeneuve is also a master of tone, recreating Ridley Scott’s trick of making everything feel like a puzzle to be solved. Blade Runner 2049 is enigmatic, continually intriguing, and at its heart, a noir film. One of the first shots of Ryan Gosling has him in silhouette, and throughout characters are shrouded in darkness as we try to parse their motivations.

Each scene feels like a window into a place worth exploring. It’s full of fascinating characters, some of whom we only meet fleetingly. Future L.A. may be a blasted hell-scape, but it’s an exhilarating place to spend some time, and one that’s realised with huge attention to detail.

Gosling is great, bringing the stoicism of his work with Nicolas Winding Refn but allowing some warmth to creep through. And Harrison Ford keeps proving that he can actually still act, getting some of the most moving moments in a story that deals with tragedy and redemption.

Blade Runner 2049 honours its predecessor by using it as inspiration for a crop of new ideas. It’s a bold, bleak dose of sci-fi miserabilism that occasionally reveals its beating human heart.Hide


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BY lomu nobody

Okay - for starters, I'm an absolutely HUUUGE fan of the first movie. The set pieces, Lighting effects, haunting vangelis music, the anit-hero of deckard, it was art on film - back when i saw the original at the movies when i was 12 years old in the early eighties .

But such potential is wasted in this film.

Yes its quite slow (nearly 3 hours long, so see it in a comfy theatre), but that's the idea. The original (and all movies at that time), had a much slower pace when compared to the much... More faster paced movies of today.
(Not going to lie - a pensioner behind me was snoring for 30mins during the session - and I almost joined him).

None of the characters are likeable or engaging (except for joi)
The storyline is "meh, whatever"

The recently released 3 short film featurettes / prequels have a much better pace, and storyline - so i'd watch them instead cause that's as good as it gets..

Would I watch it again - absolutely not.
Shame really, cause I really like Dennis Villenues other films...

Think of it like "Dances with wolves" - you have to see it, but afterwards you won't care if you never see it again...Hide


BY JackWallace superstar

BLADE RUNNER 2049 was a colossal disappointment. I'll start off with the things I liked. All of Denis Villeneuve's work is beautiful, even his films I didn't like, and this is no exception. It's visually stunning. Every frame is like a painting. Roger Deakins' cinematography is immaculate. I won't say who, but a character from the first film makes a brief appearance and it's the best CGI rendering of a human I've seen. The face was a bit off, but it still looked pretty damn good.
On a technical... More and visual level, the film is flawless. It's just a shame that everything else about BLADE RUNNER 2049 was so excruciatingly dull. I don't mind a slow burn, but I struggled to stay interested in the meandering, ponderous narrative, and it didn't need to be nearly three hours long.
Ryan Gosling is a terrific actor. I've loved him ever since I saw DRIVE. Giving a similar performance to his in ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Gosling has zero charisma as Officer K and did not make a compelling lead. It's a film you have to be in the mood to watch. It really takes its time to tell its story, and some people might love that. I did not.
If the story and characters aren't engaging and I'm not feeling anything, I can only appreciate its technical mastery for so long, and it didn't take long for me to get bored.Hide


BY Karalou superstar

Enjoyed this movie. It was slow in some places but I think that it helped the story. Ryan Gosling did a great job. Makes me want to watch the first one again. They linked it in really well. Thanks Flicks for the free pass to see this.


BY filmlover superstar

Without the quirky retro charm of the original this new chapter has to make it's own mark, and it does. 2049 is bleaker and surprisingly underpopulated. Something happened 30 years ago and this simple linear story gets us up to date. The world is a grim place struggling after multiple ecological disasters, and you can almost feel the dust in the back of your throat as the camera sweeps around the landscape.
Although the incomparable Vangelis was not invited to score this one Hans Zimmer takes... More us right back to the world we loved with his soaring soundtrack. Be warned though. This is not for everyone. It is long, ponderous and does not have the snappy dialogue of the original Bladerunner or the characters we all know and love.
This new chapter though is a worthy second instalment and a valid continuation of the questions about the safety of developing independant artificial intelligence.Hide


BY Red superstar

Don't understand the fuss - pretty, but nerdy, slow and pretentious


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The Press Reviews

  • It just has to be experienced on the biggest screen possible. Blade Runner 2049 is a narcotic spectacle of eerie and pitiless vastness, by turns satirical, tragic and romantic. Full Review

  • Villeneuve's film is a direct continuation in every respect; it's difficult to imagine anyone - even Ridley Scott - making a better Blade Runner sequel. Full Review

  • Visually immaculate, swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, 2049 is, without doubt, a good year. And one of 2017's best. Full Review

  • A voluptuous mood bath that's impressively sustained from beginning to end. Full Review

  • A visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things - from tantalising to tedious - but never "artificially intelligent." Full Review

  • Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year. Full Review

  • I imagine most audiences will like the film ... I thought it was okay. Full Review

  • Despite its blockbuster trappings, this Blade Runner is as much an art movie as the first one: slow, idea-driven, and often emotionally remote. Full Review

  • Villeneuve has taken the double-edged sword of the update and created a Blade Runner 2049 worthy of honouring its ancestor, while bringing it appropriately into the mid-21st Century. Full Review

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