Let me start by saying that BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a film that’s not for everyone.
For those who have already watched it and still wondering what the film is all about, or why is the pace so damn slow, or why are there no wild action sequences in this almost three-hour long cinematic narrative – then, you might have probably missed the point.
BLADE RUNNER (both the 1982 original and this sequel) is a SCIENCE FICTION movie. A compelling, thematically deep visual portrayal of a dark future – a world (particularly downtown LA) of real people devoid of its humanity living side-by-side with artificial humans (androids) longing for a soul and artificial intelligence (AI) that are more REAL than humans.
Director Denis Villeneuve may have not surpassed the cinematic magnificence of Ridley Scott’s 1982 original but this is a very worthy sequel. It is both visually stimulating and bold, presenting questions about the essence of being human and what memories are all about.
In the end, Villeneuve gives us more questions to think about and that is really what the future is – still unfolding and unpredictable. A blank slate.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 is what a science fiction movie is supposed to be.
The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared leto, Ana De Armas, Dave Bautista, Carla Juri and others.
Like I said, this movie is not for everyone, sequences were shot longer than usual (think of Lav Diaz), there are a lot of dialogues and there are even some that are too cheesy for a Sci-Fi film. Like those in the ending with Deckard (Harrison Ford) asking K (Ryan Gosling) if he’s alright, and then K dies after from his injuries (and that’s a spoiler).
And that scene by the way, and I hope those who have already watched the film did not miss it, is the essence of the whole movie. Imagine someone artificial (a replicant android) being able to feel love, the pain of losing someone (Joi), and the satisfaction of being able to freely think of the welfare of other people first than himself.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 will really make you think. Primarily of your very own purpose in the world or the meaning of your own existence.
What do you think?