It’s 2049 and replicants have been integrated into the society to ensure the survival of the human kind. Blade Runners are now assigned to hunt down the older model replicants. K (Ryan Gosling), a newer replicant model who works under Lt. Joshi (Robin Wright) as a Blade Runner finds and kills an older model replicant named Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista). This leads him to finding a buried box with the remains of a human being which on investigation is revealed to be of a replicant who died during child birth. Aghast with the fact that replicants are now capable of reproducing, Joshi orders K to eliminate all the evidences regarding this discovery and retire the child.
Who is the replicant child? How did this reproduction become possible? How will K find out the child and what will he do with him/her?
Positive Points: –
- Stunning visuals incorporated with the help of stellar cinematography and visual effects to build up and maintain the tensed atmosphere of the film.
- A well worked upon background score which matches with the mood of the film and alleviates the suspense the film revolves around.
- The cast members have done splendid jobs respectively especially Harrison Ford who steals the show even in his short screen-time.
- The narrative of the film is splendid in spite of its complexities, thanks to Dennis Villeneuve’s direction, as the film uses some interesting references from its predecessor providing some exhilarating Déjà vu moments to the fans of Blade Runner.
- Unlike its predecessor, the film incorporates a borderline satisfactory amount of action sequences which enhance its cinematic experience.
Negative Points: –
- Just like the original flick, Blade Runner 2049 proceeds with an extremely tiring slow pace and that too for a lengthy 163 minutes’ runtime.
- Ryan Gosling’s stoic performance which may be ignored due to his charisma and wonderfully developed character.
- The narrative is not perfect and has a few glaring flaws. I won’t be discussing them here however because I wouldn’t want to give away the spoilers.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
Denis Villeneuve has done an amazing job as the film’s director. His vision for the film’s post-apocalyptic setup is spot on which has made it a visual treat. Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have concocted a terrific storyline which is intense and beguiling in its premise. The character development has been fantastic which Vileneuve has used to the film’s advantage resulting in ameliorated performances by the entire cast. However, the intricacy of the plot renders it excruciating at times which is worsened by its slow pace. Thankfully, the film definitely alleviates itself as its approaches a thrilling and suspense breaking finale.
The best parts of the film are definitely its VFX and SFX and kudos to the respective teams in achieving such complex visuals with great perfection which have helped in abating the films knotty plotline. Roger Deakins has done a terrific job with the film’s cinematography providing an aid to the effects imposed on the visuals. Joe Walker’s editing is good but I wished he had taken a bite out of its lengthy runtime. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch have done a commendable job with the film’s score and soundtrack as well.
Ryan Gosling is undoubtedly charismatic and has an appealing screen presence but when it comes to acting, he is strangely stoic and he does it again in this flick. I have kind of a mixed reactions for his act for he has his moments and delivers his job satisfactorily, maybe because of having a well-written character supported by skillful direction.
Harrison Ford comes late into the film but steals the show. To be honest, I didn’t like his performance in the original film but here he is the best. He is expressive and successfully manipulates the audience’s emotions with his portrayal of a torn down and weakened man.
Sylvia Hoeks is magnificent as the deadly killer replicant who expresses her emotions openly. Her role wasn’t an easy one but she never lets you feel it at all. Her character reminds me of Rebecca Romjin’s Mystique from the X-Men franchise.
Robin Wright and Ana de Armas are wonderful in their brief stints. Jared Leto is fine in his over-the-top portrayal of the film’s antagonist. Dave Bautista makes a good cameo.
Final Verdict: –
Blade Runner 2049 is complicated and has its flaws but you won’t be troubled by them owing to wonderful writing, insightful direction, stunning visuals and satisfying performances. This movie is better than its predecessor in many ways and is, without any question, one of the best films of the year.