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 March 2018 | juliankennedy23
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| I watched Ana de Armas glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate
Blade Runner 2049 is a continuation of 1982's Blade Runner a seemingly impossible task. Against all odds and logic, the movie pulls it off.

The Good: The greatest thing about the sequel is simply the story. Without delving into spoiler territory Blade Runner 2049 concludes with an ending that works with an internal logical sense and yet still surprises. There are so many good decisions throughout this production one could hardly list them all.

The idea of keeping the cold war and old Iconic brands from the first movie works brilliantly and the overall look and feel of this movie are timeless. Blade Runner 2049 does not try to pigeonhole its narrative into the concerns of today. It does not wink at the fears of today's audience. It is its own self-contained universe telling a story that will work fifty years from now and would have worked just as strongly fifty years ago.

The acting is strong across the board with Harrison Ford appearing as if he actually wants to be in the film (and looking fit to boot). Also, Ana de Armas needs to be in every movie moving forward. A truly star-making turn.

The Bad: A combination of a long running time, a leisurely pace and a soundtrack from a health spa can put one in a catatonic state if one is not careful. I confess a strong ending brought me back into the film It was losing me for a while there.

In Conclusion: This movie sticks to the ribs after viewing. It seemed even better in retrospect than during the actual viewing (see leisurely pace above). Blade Runner 2049 pulls off effortlessly decisions that could seem disastrous in other films (Jared Leto). In many ways, it is better than the first film and better than it had any right to be. A triumph.

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Trivia

Hampton Fancher and Michael Green wrote the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott, with the story taking place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Denis Villeneuve said in an interview in "Collider" on September 11, 2015: "Hampton Fancher, Ridley Scott and Michael Green did a fantastic job on the screenplay. It's a very powerful screenplay. And I felt that it made sense to me and I had the Ridley Scott blessing. But you ask if I hesitated. I hesitated massively. It took me a lot of time to say yes."


Quotes

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


Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) While exploring the abandoned casino, K gives a casual one-handed spin to a roulette wheel. We never see the ball and various theories purport that it is not possible to launch the ball. It is fully possible to pick up a ball sitting in the part of the wheel we cannot see due to the camera angle, and roll it and give the wheel a spin in one motion.


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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One For My Baby (and One More For The Road)
Written by
Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC

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Action | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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