Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 picks up thirty years after Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner, the artificial humans, known as Replicants, have gone into hiding to try and lead normal lives. Blade Runner Officer K (which is short for a serial number cause he doesn’t have a name), played by Ryan Gosling, has been tasked to kill the remaining rogue Replicants, but he discovers disturbing news that could affect the balance between real people and manufactured humans.
Gosling, who is known for playing all his roles with a knowing detachment, fails to make us care for his Agent K. Harrison Ford appears too late in the film, while Jared Leto serves just as an impressive-sounding piece in an ambitious puzzle.
It’s the women who score, right from K’s virtual wife Joi (Ana de Armas) to Luv, Wallace’s menacing sidekick played with some real menace by Sylvia Hoeks. (The changed spellings, of joy and love, supposedly hint to the present & future)
Blade Runner 2049 – for better or for worse – is a bit too much like the original film and depending on your views on that sci-fi classic, this could either be the best news you could’ve hoped for, or the worst. It shares the original’s bleak vision of the future, and its path-breaking aesthetic – but also its frustrating editing & irritating pace might bore you.
We give Blade Runner 2049 3.5 stars with a kink.
Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 picks up thirty years after Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner, the artificial humans, known as Replicants, hav...3.5