Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

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16 October 2017 | peterfaure
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| Visually stunning and thought provoking, but not flawless
So, I didn't expect much from this sequel when it was announced, but since the original 'Blade Runner' is, in my opinion, one of the greatest movies ever made (if not the greatest), I had to see it anyways. As I often do, I didn't read any reviews or watch any trailers before going.

So, where do we start... While not perfect, and inferior to the original, this is still a great movie. Visually it's simply stunning and the actors are all excellent. Just as importantly, or maybe even more so, like the original it combines a slow pace and fantastic ambiance to create an introspective mood and invite reflection on some important themes and issues of our time. (although, maybe, lacking a dialogue with the same power as the Roy Batty monologue at the end of the first movie).

As some negative reviewers said, it is slow..... but that works well with the story and its intent to create a very clear, pervasive mood rather than to dazzle with dumb car chases, gunfights, or explosions,not to mention pushing the viewer to form his own opinions. The boringpart is subjective: for viewers who like to be challenged intellectually I'd say many action movies are a lot more boring. Nothing wrong with escapist movies, which I also enjoy when I'm in the right mood, but it doesn't change the fact that they're inherently much more predictable, superficial and formulaic. In other words, entertaining but intellectually boring.

Regarding Blade Runner 2049, one disappointment, though, to be honest, was the soundtrack: aside from being too loud, it really consists mostly of weird sounds/noises etc. While they do heighten the mood at times, or fit the atmosphere, they are not really not up to the lofty standards of the photography, the action, or the direction.

Also, the plot could have been a little tighter, and while the slow pace is what this movie needed, I'm not convinced it really had to be this long (or to touch on so many themes, as it does).

Still, it's a fantastic, and unique, viewing experience, and even with its imperfections it does create a believable (if gloomy and depressing) dystopian vision of the future, and touches on themes that could spark endless debate and reflection. And herein lies its beauty: shallow popcorn movies will have faded from everybody's memory in weeks. A movie like Blade Runner 2049 will inspire us and challenge us,whether we agree with some of its vision or not, maybe even whether we love it or hate it, for years to come.

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Trivia

For director Denis Villeneuve, there are two versions of the original Blade Runner (1982) despite the seven alternative cuts: The original cut is the story of a human being falling in love with a replicant and the final cut is a story of a replicant that discovers its true identity. As for this film, in Villeneuve's own words, it is made from the tension between those two versions.


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'K': I hope you don't mind me taking the liberty. I was careful not to drag in... any dirt.


Goofs

When Luv takes K to the room where the data files are stored, the heavy door jams about half way when opening. She then uses physical strength to open it with her hands (with no apparent effort), but she is wearing elegant shoes with heels on a slippery floor. It would be physically impossible for her to apply enough force on the heavy door to open it without having a good grip on the ground, regardless of her superhuman strength. She would normally slide away when trying. This being 2049, with advances in technology prompted by decades of litigation and compensation ; we can safely presume that such shoes have a means to "grip" at least artificial floors. That would be a trivial technical problem, compared to other portrayed technology : hover-cars, holograms that can see, instant showers, off-world travel, replicants etc. etc.


Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros, Alcon Entertainment and Columbia Pictures logos are black and white, slightly glitching holograms.


Alternate Versions

In India, the film had to be censored before it could receive an 'A' rating from the CBFC (Indian rating's board); these cuts removed all shots of nudity from the film; while it was pointed out that the nudity was in fact computer generated images rather than real footage the censors still objected to this and demanded cuts. The censors also demanded that all shots of liquor bottles in the film have their labels be blurred out.


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Tears In Rain
(From "
Blade Runner (1982)")
Composed by Vangelis
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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