Things were simpler in 2019. If a Replicant went rogue, LAPD would dispatch a specialist-you know the one I’m talking about-to “retire” them. Fast-forward 30 years later, what do you have? A Replicant who specializes in retiring fugitive Replicants at the behest of the LAPD. What has this dystopian society come to?
Denis Villeneuve takes the helm of Blade Runner 2049, picking up 30 years later from where Ridley Scott left his take on Hampton Fancher and Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi cult classic set in dystopian future Los Angeles.
Ryan Gosling stars as the protagonist of this feature simply lettered K. The film starts with K retiring a fugitive replicant who babbles about seeing a miracle almost 30 years ago. The assignment sets off a chain reaction of events that could send the world as humans and Replicants know it into frenzy, because it involves a frightening revelation that is practically game-changing and the human at the center of it: Rick Deckard, the Blade Runner who hasn’t been seen since his last assignment 30 years ago. K must find Deckard and get to the truth before anyone else finds him first, especially the new father of artificial humans Niander Wallace.
Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking and thought-provoking spectacle that captivates and doesn’t apologize for it! If you were a fan of the first film, I’m fairly confident that you will be satisfied by where Denis Villeneuve has taken the brainchild of Ridley Scott, Hampton Fancher and Philip K. Dick.
I’m fairly certain that this film will have Denis Villeneuve in the conversation for Best Director at the Academy Awards for this film blends the right amount of 21st Century cinematic visuals with a plot that has a firm hook in its audience and keeps them guessing about the macguffin of the picture, this secret born from an unburied mystery tied to the original Blade Runner himself. Villeneuve is certainly building an outstanding resume as a filmmaker over the past few years and Blade Runner 2049 is up there with some of the best film’s he has done to date.
Credit should go to Hampton Fancher and Michael Green for crafting a compelling screenplay that pays homage to the original film while also propelling the events and characters from the original plot into a new generation for fans to enjoy and wrap their heads around. What I love most about how this story was told is that once you think you have the mystery solved, the film still plays with you with one final suspenseful twist; it’s amazing.
This cast is superb. Ryan Gosling is great, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, David Dastmalchian, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi and of course Harrison Ford, who is well into his tour of reprising his greatest characters, all deliver performances that spur this picture along into a resounding conclusion.
I would say that the true star of Blade Runner 2049: cinematographer extraordinaire Roger Deakins. The camerawork and visual appeal of this picture is exquisite beyond compare and I’m rooting for him in this year’s Oscar race (fun fact: he hasn’t won an Oscar [yet ;)]).
After Deakins, the score courtesy of Benjamin Wallfisch and one of my all time favorite film composers Hans Zimmer, was sensational. They will get awards recognition for this movie as well, I’m sure of it. Joe Walker’s editing, Dennis Gassner’s production design, the art direction, the set decoration by Alessandra Querzola, the top of the line visual effects and the costume design by Renée April, everything technical about this film was sublime to say the least.
Blade Runner 2049 is an awesome cinematic experience and I firmly believe that leading up to Oscar night 2018, you will hear it’s name called multiple times. Highly encourage to see in theaters right now!