BLADE RUNNER 2049 IS CUTTING EDGE
Why is it that every time someone writes about the future, it is so bleak? Just once, I would like to see a movie where the future is positive. Maybe a future where there is a cure for cancer, or they reverse climate change or they achieve permanent world peace. If you are looking for a happy future, “Blade Runner 2049”, a sequel thirty-five years in the making, is anything but that.
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 LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years
Two-time Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling stars in “Blade Runner 2049” as “K”. Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard. Ana de Armas is Joi.
Ryan Gosling does a great job as K. His role is not easy but he is able to pull it off with élan.
The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Hampton Fancher created the story based on characters from the novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” .
“Blade Runner 2049” was directed by Academy Award Nominee Denis Villerneuve. His last two movies were the award winning films “Arrival” and “Sicario.” My major problem with this film is that at 2 hours and 43 minutes it was too long. This is a situation where the director fell in love with all his material. “Blade Runner 2049” would have been a much better movie if about 20-30 minutes of film would have ended up on the cutting room floor instead of on the screen.
The music was so powerful that all through the movie my seat vibrated. The music by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer was so dark and it complimented the story.
Thirteen time Academy Award Nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer, used a dark palette throughout the film. At one point, one of the actors referred to “K” as “the man in the green coat.” The palette was so dense, I could not tell the coat was green; it looked dark gray.
The sets and visual effects were so well done that I was terribly depressed thinking that this could possibly be our future.
People who liked the original “Blade Runner’ and science fiction geeks will love “Blade Runner 2049.” I thought “Blade Runner 2049” was the better film.
As we left, we were read a letter from the Director asking film critics not to reveal the plot twists, actors who make cameos or too much of the plot. He wants everyone to experience “Blade Runner 2049” for themselves, so, I will refrain.
“Blade Runner 2049” opens this weekend at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, Granite City Cinema, and Jerseyville Stadium Theatre.