The original Blade Runner is a classic of the science fiction genre and has aged surprisingly well over the last thirty-five years. A sequel has been long-speculated, but never came to fruition until now. I’d like to begin by saying that a sequel was completely unnecessary and if it had been terrible everyone would have simply ignored it and moved on. Fortunately for the sake of the original, this film did justice to the original while expanding on the world in new and inventive ways. 2049 follows Officer K (Ryan Gosling) as his most recent investigation leads him to former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). The investigation puts K at odds with a billionaire whose new breed of replicant threatens the tentative peace established since the events of the first film. There is a lot to be appreciated about this film, including the details that went into creating the bleak world of the future and the effects required to make it look so dark and hopeless.
The most negative thing to be said about this movie is that it isn’t the original, but it still holds up on its own or as a sequel.
Intellectual and insightful, this is a great film and earns…
4 out of 5