Blade Runner 2049 (2017)


“Pain reminds you the joy you felt was real. More joy, then.” – Niander

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – 30 years after the previous film, a Replicant Blade Runner is sent to find a child born from a Replicant and stop a war from breaking out between humans and the Replicants

My Take on it – I had hopes when I watched this, that the story would be much more enjoyable here than in the original film, but alas, it continues along the same existential path as its predecessor which took away from the experience.

The story here drags along way too slowly and the pace just meanders along the whole way through.

The cinematography and visuals of this film are actually amazing to watch but the story, which is too dark and grim doesn’t work well enough especially when one takes into account that this film is nearly 3 hours long.

Things drag on too much and perhaps a shorter film would have been better, but I’m not even sure iof that could have helped this time.

The cast is quite good here and Ryan Gosling does a great job leading the whole story.

I also was impressed by the way that they took certain plot points seemingly in one direction and then kept switching things around which left things quite unpredictable.

Regardless, I am quite sure that I will probably never see this film ever again because it was just hard to enjoy due to the slow pacing and boring story.

Bottom Line – Once again, this sequel continues the existential aspects of the original and drags on too much at a really slow pace. This film looks beautiful but the story which is dark and grim just wasn’t able to keep my interest for nearly 3 hours because it meanders along. Gosling is good in the lead here, and I liked how they kept certain things very unpredictable, but this is definitely not something I plan to watch again.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film includes signs for companies that suffered the alleged “Blade Runner Curse,” most notably Pan Am airlines (which went bankrupt in 1991) and Atari (which currently exists as a brand but has not been a corporate entity since the mid 1990s). Director Denis Villeneuve has explained that both films take place in an alternate universe where these companies remained corporate powerhouses and other companies like Apple did not exist (not to mention a universe in which synthetic humans were developed by the 2010s). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

  1. We’re in synch here. I was never a big fan of the original and actually re-watched it before seeing 2049 – and my feelings remained the same (the voiceover by Ford in the original was way overdone: the droids were kind of cool – but again – it seemed ponderously slow intermittently interrupted by some stunning action). I almost skipped the sequel entirely – but saw it – and yes – too long by maybe an hour. Very slow and strange. Ford’s appearance late gives it a shot of adrenalin, but too little, too late – and like the original – relentlessly dark with a downer ending that has me agreeing with you Rob. I won’t be re-watching 2049.

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