Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Film Review
Is French-Canadian film director Dennis Villenueve's newest film Blade Runner 2049 a sci-fi film, or is it a drama posing a deeper meaning into life and human nature. Honestly, the film is a equal balance of both. From the director of some of the best films of the 2010's (such as Prisoners and Arrival), Villenueve's newest film is the sequel to one of the most famous sci-fi films ever: Blade Runner. The sequel tells the story of Joe, a cop and a 'Blade Runner', meaning someone who hunts down old versions of robot humans called replicants. Joe is tasked with finding the child of a human and replicant, and 'eliminating' it to keep society safe. Although the plot sounds cliched, Villenueve takes the cliche to a whole new level. This is one of the most human sci-fi movies I have ever seen. The film is very slow, but about halfway through the 164 minute film, the film rapidly picks up. The film has little action, but instead, 2049 dives into deeper themes and secret meanings. Although the film is confusing, just like all of Villenueve's other films, it is still entertaining to watch. Ryan Gosling shines in his role as Joe, and Harrison Ford does a great job in his short, but sweet, role. The visuals are stunning, and some of the best visuals I have ever seen. The music fits the tone of the film perfectly, and pairs very well with the stunning cinematography and mood of the film. The reason Blade Runner 2049 works so well is, in a world of unoriginal films, Blade Runner takes an unoriginal genre (sci-fi), and builds a completely original movie around it. And, that is why 2049 is amazing. It knows where it wants to go, and takes the audience there. And, that's more than enough for me.