Blade Runner 2049 is in cinemas and by all accounts its likely not to make back its budget by the time it ends its run in the cinemas. That’s not saying that the film is bad, but more along the lines of who the film is intended toward. If you don’t love slow-burn science fiction and haven’t watched the original Blade Runner, you will probably not appreciate the film that Denis Villeneuve has delivered.
Blade Runner 2049 is a continuation of the original Blade Runner, which takes place decades after the events of the first film. This time around, the story involves Officer K (Ryan Gosling) a blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, who is tasked in hunting down replicants. Or specifically replicants that need to be retired.
During a routine investigation, K begins to unearth a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. As he begins to unravel the mystery surrounding a case, he soon finds himself in the cross hairs of both the law and the powers that be.
But his investigations merely don’t put him in trouble; he soon discovers that part of the case may involve him personally. This forces him to go on the run to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years, who may hold the key to the mystery.
As they put their heads together to unravel the case, he discovers that there are larger forces at work, which could threaten humanity and his existence altogether. He also is forced to question himself wondering if he is indeed the main piece of the puzzle or just a cog of a much larger conspiracy machine at work.
Filled with great special effects, stunning visuals, character development and acting (especially Gosling, who carries most of the film on his own), Blade Runner 2049 is not your typical blockbuster movie. In essence it’s a film that pretty much services and complements the sci-fi masterpiece, which was created by Ridley Scott 30 years ago.
For all its intents and purposes, Blade Runner 2049 marks a rare effort by a studio, who probably didn’t greenlight the project to make money but rather to make a film that’s worthy of praise and critical accolade.
Blade Runner 2049 achieves that and also delivers a lot of fan service moments for original Blade Runner fans, but it’s a film that will simply not break box-office records. But that shouldn’t sway you from seeing it in cinemas.