Find my review of the first Blade Runner here
Before seeing this, I recommend going to YouTube and watching the three shorts that tie together the years between the original Blade Runner and this movie. In order, they are: Blade Runner Black Out 2022, a 15-minute anime short written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe that details the Black Out that plays a large role in the movie; Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn, a 6-minute live-action short directed by Luke Scott that shows Niander Wallace negotiating the end of the Replicant Prohibition; Blade Runner 2048: Nowhere to Run, a 6-minute live-action short directed by Luke Scott that shows Sapper Morton defend a mother and daughter from thugs, which reveals his status as a replicant and leads into the beginning of the movie.
Blade Runner 2049 impressed me from the start. The visuals remained true to the original, and are miles ahead of this year’s live-action Ghost in the Shell movie.
The story revolves around K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant blade runner for the LAPD. K becomes involved in a case involving, for lack of a better term, “replicant-evolution.” Along the way, we’re given insight into the in-between years for the original movie’s characters. In addition to K’s case, he has to deal with his own feelings, repressed memories, and a longing for something more, all things of which a replicant should not be capable.
The movie climaxes with K being joined by Decker (Harrison Ford), an integral piece of the mystery. Decker, and others, explain to K along the way the details behind the supposed “replicant-evolution” and all of the pieces fall into place for K and the audience. Blade Runner 2049 comes to a close with the case’s final answer being revealed.
K’s internal struggle is a driving force for the film, but falls a bit flat. It stopped short, seemingly so the bigger, “more in-universe relevant” story of the “replicant-evolution” could take center-stage. The somewhat open-ended finale definitely lends itself to there being sequels, all being the continuation of Decker’s story that started in the original Blade Runner.
- Plot: 7/10
- Acting: 9/10
- Special Effects: 10/10
- Overall: 8/10
Title: Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Date Released: October 2017
Distributor: Warner Bros., Sony