Blade Runner 2049 Is A Long Overdue Spectacle, Worth The Wait.
Blade Runner 2049 Film Details
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Hampton Fancher (screenplay by)
Michael Green (screenplay by)
Hampton Fancher (story by)
Philip K. Dick (based on characters from the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”)
Release Date: 6 October 2017 (USA)
Release Format: Cinema
MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Running Time: 2h 44min
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.
It is rare to find a film excel in almost every facet of the production. Am speaking about a film coming from any of the major development studios in Hollywood land. In terms of Science Fiction over the preceding years, major studios have force fed bad storylines and mediocre CGI effects to consumers. These less than stellar releases have paved the road more countless mind-numbing content that fails to exemplify Horror, Science Fiction or a combination thereof.
Out of this equation are select films in the Star Wars franchise. Perhaps the re-imagined Star Trek series also is excluded.
Blade Runner released in 1982 and since then it has amassed an immense following. Many have declared a conclusion but an extension would not develop into fruition until 2017.
Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins created a spectacular situation in Blade Runner 2049. Each stage had a purpose and reverberated with its own slate of passion. From the rainy rooftop to the radioactive desert the scene designs were compelling. If a desolate lonely future was the point of view it echoed with maximum effect on screen. The color tones were unique with each chosen palate heightening the atmosphere.
There is an absolute intellectual impact within each location. For example, solitude is the theme for K’s (Ryan Gosling) residence. Niander Wallace’s (Jared Leto) office is an island platform surrounded by water. For the latter, it is the cavernous, soft-lit chemistry that resonates life and desolation. Wallace’s office is a visual representation of a womb.
The performance was of grade A quality. Blade Runner 2049 did not have a moment of dubious exchanges or stiff body communication. Every performer shine at his/her greatest moment. It is difficult to establish a spotlight on a specific aspect. Yet, Leto and Gosling encapsulated a great ying/yang system.
The only debacle would have to be Dave Bautista‘s minimal screen time. Many would critique Bautista’s acting skills as being limited. I don’t see this at all. I believe Bautista has developed well as an actor, some role was more favorable than others.
Blade Runner 2049 without question is redefining. As the sights astound, the storyline attracts. The course and twist in the plot were well put together and kept audiences engaged. In fact, the storyline develops a few times weaving the main plot with sub-plots seamlessly. With a running time of over two hours, Blade Runner 2049 manages to keep a steady pace. From the villain to the protagonist its safe to say that every angle of backstory was explored and cemented.
In terms of visuals Blade Runner 2049 stands alongside its predecessor. Both films are cut from the same reel with neither stray off from the overall visual aesthetic.
3. In conclusion
Blade Runner was a film I got acquainted with a few years back. I never savored the film from start to finish in one sitting. It became one of those films that never caught my eye. After watching Blade Runner for the first time I became enthralled by the story. I felt a sequel was long overdue. Stars needed to align to have that near flawless quality in the second installment.
Blade Runner 2049 with the abrupt ending merits the third installment. The unfortunate case here is twofold. Will the film garner the ticket sales need to secure another installment? Will fans of the series be waiting another two decades for the third chapter of this fascinating franchise?
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