BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Review
Sharp, stunning and visually stimulating. 2049 is a Sci-Fi for the ages.
From director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) comes the anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi classic, titled: Blade Runner 2049.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Ana De Armas, Blade Runner 2049 is quite simply groundbreaking in terms of story, visuals and the way the director manages to so easily manipulate the genres of Sci-Fi and Noir together.
Too many times have we seen sequels fail to live up to the hype of its former self. However, this isn’t the case with 2049. Instead, we are simply looking at something worthy of its own identity that can sit on his own quite comfortably. Gosling is incredible throughout the entirety of the film – playing a replicant agent hunting his own kind that have gone rogue. Only to find that things aren’t quite like they used to be. After a few flares of memory Goslings character, ‘K’ looks further into an assignment than what his mind is capable of, becoming too involved for his own good.
To be fair 2049 is not entirely Ridley Scott-esque. Instead, it follows its own path while borrowing certain aspects of what made the original great. There is far less action with a slower pace of the film, but that is made up with its sharp visuals and intricate storytelling. (Don’t be fooled as to what this film is about action movie goers)
Although Harrison Ford and Jared Leto may be marketed as heavy leads, I can assure you that this is not the case. Instead, their parts within the film are rather scarce and at times very minor, regardless of how powerful their characters are. Gosling is the lead and he commands the screen so gracefully that you will soon forget the need for the others.
For fans of the original, you will not be disappointed as the film simply encapsulates all the goodness of the original while providing us with a whole new experience – broadening the story and expanding the universe. Sitting at a 2 hour 40 minute runtime, Blade Runner 2049 is certainly best viewed earlier on in the night.