Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis and Sylvia Hoeks. And where in all this do you find a point?
For those out of the loop Blade Runner 2049 is being released this week. many don't remember what happened in the first one so here's our recap:What is a Replicant? The movie has excellent direction by Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, awesome cinematography and a nicely connected storyline.
But those who think that 2049's lack of a post-credits sequence signals the bookend of the property should fret not; we probably will get more entries in the Blade Runner universe, they just won't be delivered in the same method we have grown accustomed to in the era of shared cinematic universes. Scott's stunningly stylish sci-fi noir, which raised troubling questions about technology and humanity, has had such a profound impact on the movies that "Blade Runner 2049" sounds about as welcome as "Citizen Kane 2". The film follows the original some 30 years later where the people left on Earth are still trying to survive the social decay and authoritarian abuse. For them it will be like looking at very attractive paint dry.
Jean-Pierre Bacri and Jean-Paul Rouve stronger than Ryan Gosling, and Harrison Ford... The replicants here know this feeling.
His semi-profile looks ideal set against the futuristic skyline. "Do you need help with the cameras?" It was a hard movie to make. This time though he's back with dignity, though at times Deckard seems like an onlooker.
"That's so cool that you did that", Gosling says. I wasn't sure until I read the screenplay.
I remember seeing Blade Runner the week of release, when most people were still describing it as boring, and being awed by it, thinking it was the most incredible sci-fi film since 2001. In addition to the standard "What makes someone human?" stuff that was farmed in from the first movie, one character references a metaphorical wall that separates us, and the freakish, unpredictable Los Angeles weather winks at some particularly extreme climate change.
He shared: "At the beginning, I was frightened to the core".
"Blade Runner 2049", the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 cult classic, has finally arrived.