Blade Runner 2049

Jays Rating:

In 1982, Riddley Scott directed the science fiction classic Blade Runner and it’s only taken 35 years for the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, to be made. In the original movie, we saw Blade Runners who sought out and captured androids called replicants that looked human and needed to be eliminated. It’s now thirty years later in 2049, and scientist Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) has created genetically modified replicants and named them the Nexus 9 model. “K” (Ryan Gosling) is a Los Angeles police officer – also known as a Blade Runner – who hunts down the old Nexus 8’s and destroys them. During his investigation on a case, he uncovers a secret that sends him after a former Blade Runner named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and together they raise the question of what is human and what is artificial. The general consensus regarding the original Blade Runner is that it wasn’t a box office blockbuster but has become a classic over the years. This second film isn’t going to be a big hit either because it doesn’t have all of the science fiction spaceships, space fights and aliens you usually see. This is an intelligent story that takes some of the same ideas from the original movie and builds on them, instead of just recycling them like most sequels. This film slowly unravels, at times it’s too slow, at least fifteen minutes could have been edited from the two hours and forty-five-minute runtime. (An extra-large drink was not a good idea.) It was around an hour and a half before Harrison Ford even appears on screen but it was worth the wait. Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling are fantastic and the score by Hans Zimmer was a little strange but it was perfect for this movie. This is a unique film and I’m hoping to see it during award time this year. I’m giving it an A- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.