Blade Runner 2049 is a flat out contemporary masterwork. Its visuals are breathtaking, its story is intelligent, and it doesn’t rely on the first movie to be extraordinary. So of course the movie flopped at the box office. Your average moviegoer would rather see something brainless than something that makes them have to think. It’s ironic, because the same thing happened to Blade Runner. Well the guy who directed Arrival sure knows how to make a thought provoking sci-fi movie. Blade Runner 2049 takes place thirty years after the first movie. By this point, the future has made several advances, but replicants are still servants and slaves. The biggest difference between movies is the fact that Ryan Gosling’s character K is a replicant Blade Runner. There’s even a fascinating new test that replicants have to do called the Baseline test. You spend time getting to know how a replicant lives their life (which includes a holographic girlfriend), since replicants are now even more human than human. The main reason for conflict was completely unexpected. So unexpected that its knowledge could cause a war between humans and replicants. K makes for a highly compelling lead. So much so that he almost made me completely forget that Rick Deckard was even in the movie. Lets just say that if you thought Blade Runner was unbelievably slow paced, Blade Runner 2049 is about three times slower. Some people claim that it’s misogynistic, but really it’s no different than the first movie. There’s quite a bit more nudity, but that’s the imperfect future they live in. One where holographic billboards of naked women are the norm. In the end, any controversy the movie might receive will never be enough to distract from the amazingly well crafted work of art that Blade Runner 2049 is.
P.S. I’m fairly certain Deckard isn’t a replicant.
Preceded by: Blade Runner