Plot: A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K, discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to humanity. The discovery leads him to Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago.

Review: This review will not have any spoilers, nor will it have any plot information. Warner Bros. wants to make sure that you(the reader) will walk into the movie the same way we(the critics) did. When they read us the guidelines before the screening, It was then I realized how little I knew of the plot. I just knew Ryan Gosling was a cop, and that Harrison Ford was back. I will be doing a SPOILER REVIEW, but for now – I’ll just tell you the stuff I liked and what I didn’t like without giving anything away. For the record, I enjoyed the hell out of Blade Runner 2049!

First off – the movie is visually stunning. Cinematographer Roger Deakins does an excellent job of bringing us back into the world of Blade Runner. If you were to pause any second from the movie, you’d have a beautiful still. The original film took us into the future(ironically the time we live in now), and the team does a great job in making that world look 30 years into it’s own future. Deakins should easily win the Oscar for Cinematography at the next Academy Awards. Also the sound design/score was perfect in this film. It has the “Blade Runner feel” and helps make the movie that much better. This movie should be watched in theaters(specifically IMAX), so that way you can fully immerse yourself into this world.

Director Denis Villeneuve has clearly arrived in Hollywood after this film. I’ve seen some of his past films like Prisoners and Sicario(I did sadly miss Arrival), and I loved them. The fact Villeneuve was able to take a huge tent-pole movie like Blade Runner and make a successful sequel almost 40 years later, shows that he can do it all. I will definitely try to watch Arrival ASAP since I’ve only heard great things. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him. As for Blade Runner 2049, the story makes sense and is respectful towards the original. Also, the sets looked amazing!

From the trailers, you know the film is loaded with star power. Everybody does a great job. From Ryan Gosling to Dave Bautista, everybody does an amazing job with their roles. As a wrestling fan, it’s great to see the evolution(no pun intended to you wrestling fans) of Dave Bautista’s acting career. Harrison Ford was clearly better here than he was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the best we’ve seen him in a long time. We got to see Ford not only in action, but also in a few key emotional scenes that fans of the original will love. Jared Leto was also great in his role as well. I wish he had a little more screen time, but Leto still did fantastic with what he got.

Ryan Gosling was a star in this. From a film like La La Land to Blade Runner 2049, the man has range. When it comes to versatility, Gosling might be the best in Hollywood. He does a great job carrying the film and furthering the plot, while also being on his own emotional journey as well. He has great chemistry with every actor/actress he shares a scene with. Also, Sylvia Hoeks is another scene stealer in this as well. Like I said, everybody came to play in this one!

Blade Runner 2049 is phenomenal. It has everything from an all-star studded cast, a fantastic story, and mesmerizing visuals. It is everything you want in a movie. The story does answer some questions from the first film, while being a great movie on it’s own. The big question I’m sure you’re asking(other than if Deckard is a replicant or not which you know I can’t answer here!) is – Do I have to watch the original Blade Runner before watching this? The answer – Yes. I guess you can still watch it and enjoy it if you haven’t seen the original, but Blade Runner 2049 was made for the hardcore fans. From cameos to references from the original, you will enjoy it a whole lot more if you watch the original Blade Runner(FYI – The Final Cut edition). I am giving Blade Runner 2049 a 9.5/10.


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