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Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review
Blade Runner 2049 is a fantastic film. It is beautifully shot, well-written, and spectacularly acted. The landscapes and cinematography really came to life and are unlike anything I have seen put on film before. You do need to be in a certain mindset for it because it is slower-paced and contemplative. It takes its time to unfold and lets you digest everything.
The film follows Agent 'K', a new-line replicant who is being used by the LAPD to hunt down old-model replicants and retire them. In a mission, K finds something that triggers a childhood memory, something that he didn't think was possible. He then goes on a search to figure out what this memory is. Along the way, he meets a certain Rick Deckard who has been in hiding for 30 years.
Okay I have only one negative thing to say about this film so let me go ahead and get that out of the way. Harrison Ford is heavily advertised in the trailers and posters as being a major part of this film. Well, story-wise he is important. But Harrison doesn't actually show up until halfway through the film if not two-thirds of the way through.
The thing I loved most about this film is the cinematography. The landscapes, the holograms, the visual effects....everything absolutely dazzled and embodied a life of its own. From Upper Los Angeles to the barren desert, it was all splendidly well-captured.
The acting was superb. Ryan Gosling is usually rather stale to me but he shined in this film. Jared Leto, what few scenes he had, was terrifically creepy. This type of role is one he should stick with. Harrison Ford seemed like he was doing his absolute best again. It's been a few years since Harrison did a film where he acted like he actually cared so it was refreshing to feel that passion and charisma again.
In conclusion, I have nothing but high praise for this film, its crew, and its cast. It's a must-see, especially if you're already a fan of the original. I give Blade Runner 2049 a 3.5 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander