Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, 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 blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
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Best Blade Runner by far, sure it's not made with a mass general audience in mind but neither was the original. This film actually does have a plotline that the original lacked. The score does lack the timelessness that Vangelis provided in the original. Film of the year for me so far
Yeah, not really my thing. Went out of curiosity (concerning Villeneuve etc.). It definitely did not sustain 163 minutes of untrammelled curiosity. To be completely honest, I couldn't entirely follow it. Was aware, however, as a recovering academic myself, that the film's thoughtfully-managed themes of labour value and what it means to constitute a subject will have the Marxists and Lacanians eating it up.
"Arthouse-Blockbuster" is an oxymoron. Unimpressed as I am with Computer Graphic Images and "thrilling" fight scenes, I can only imagine that blockbuster audiences are even less impressed with the attempt to pad the action with mood, emotion, and a pretense of "meaning". I would've preferred that the sequel be a stage play devoid of action & effects that tackled the essence of the conundrum of an android's humanity.
Digital. Absolutely digital and unnecessarily pompous and circumstantial: by the cult that the first film aroused which delimited the scope of this fiction and by the lack of imagination that the North American studios present at the moment - "Logan" was a nice exception to a rule that is simply to mix, confuse and make fuss. The wide screen is not, however, badly used, but what we see is mostly tacky.
A grandiose spectacle compromised by a flawed plot, the film works better as "environmental narrative" - the amazing vistas the innumerable references/homages to the original, the recurrent glitch effects, the Edward Burtynskyi-like scenes of dystopian wastelands - than as a "story". Many characters are completely unconvincing (e.g. Jared Leto, Robin Wright) but Villeneuve's vision is nonetheless astounding.
I watched the original right before seeing this in IMAX and am convinced this is one of the best sequels ever made. I always think I loved the ideas in the original more than the actual film yet this made me appreciate the original even more in the way the sequel teeters between the humanistic approach of a seeker narrative fused with the austere aesthetic of A.I. genre.
Everything I loved was lost
But no aorta could report regret.
A sun of rubber was convulsed and set;
And blood-black nothingness began to spin
A system of cells interlinked within
Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played.
Blade Runner 2049 is a great film; a self-contained story that surpasses the original in its ideas & maybe even in its execution. If the original was a story about a man who begins to believe his reality isn't true and real, this one is about a man who begins to believe it is true and real; in all that that can entail. A awakening to a cruel & harsh reality. It's also a great noir story, if set in the future.