Blade Runner 2049 is the 2017 sequel to the original Blade Runner movie. It’s directed by Denis Villeneuve, and stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. It follows a replicant Blade Runner as he uncovers a mystery that could rock the entire infrastructure of L.A.
Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the events of the original Blade Runner. It follows K, a replicant Blade Runner who is forced to track down a possible replicant chid. If true, a discovery like that would cause replicants around the city to rise up and overthrow humanity.
I absolutely loved Ryan Gosling in this film. He’s very believable, and he’s an “ordinary Joe.” Something that figures itself into the themes of this movie, as it’s essentially about a single man versus an entire Conglomerate of biblical proportions. Additionally, although this movie is significantly longer than the original Blade Runner, it’s much better paced. Action often breaks up long segments of beautiful vista scenes. Speaking of which, the action in this movie is fantastic, in particular the final fight. The choreography is much better than the original, and it’s at times hard to watch because of how realistic and brutal it is. Another thing I liked about this film is that it preserved the ambience of the original. Blade Runner isn’t an action film series, it’s a neo-noir. And thankfully, this movie feels like a fitting successor to the original.
One thing I hated about this film however was the villain. Wallace simply pales in comparison to Roy Batty. Wallace is boring, creepy, needless, and frankly he could’ve been cooler had we never met him. Also, David Bowie was supposed to be cast in this role prior to his death. He would’ve done a much better job than Jared Leto, and it saddens me to think of this wasted potential.
Overall, Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy successor that in some ways surpasses the original Blade Runner. Sadly this movie did terribly at the box office, and it isn’t terribly well known. That being said, it’s excellent and worth watching.