Let me start this off by saying that this sequel did not feel outside of what we remember.Blade Runner 2049 maintains the mood and feel of its predecessor. The visuals, the sound... the dystopian future, it's all there.
| FIRST THOUGHT |
I love writing reviews, it comes somewhat naturally to me after watching something that I learn to feel passionate about.This movie taught me to be passionate.
But... it's really hard for me to express judgment. And I'm going to explain why:
Actually, it's very simple. This was a 3 hours movie. Of these 3 hours, 2 were simply... air. Now, don't get me wrong, that isn't always negative, like in this case. It was refreshing air, but still... it doesn't (at first glance) hold anything on the plot.
Because of this, the viewer (me at least), is left with a lot of questions, the picture doesn't explain itself. Also; as a side note - you most definitely need to watch the first one. The great majority of the runtime is inexplicably useless.
The longer it goes, the longer it begins to add new stuff, and then some, then it seems somehow related to what's actually going on, but right after it deviates the actual story on an ideal from the characters involved, that at a certain point, evaporates. I'm really conflicted about this because it looks to me like the screenwriters and director wanted to leave all of this to theory and the fans.
Why is this confusing? Because it's a very strange mixture of linear narrative and non-linear narrative. One is focussed on one objective, the other starts a bunch of other objectives and then it simply dies. No explanation was given, no closure was given.
And this is aggravated by the fact that it's a 3 hours movie, of which 1 hour of the actual story is spread and mixed amongst 2 hours of absolutely nothing. VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE NOTHING. A VERY INTERESTING BUNCH OF LITERAL VOID.
This is actually the only thing I did not like about the movie. Which, again, if you are like me and enjoy movies that aren't patently explaining themselves, it's not a bad thing. I just feel like it could've been much more interesting if they explained somehow what happened to all the side characters, or just cut them out.
|STORY & ACTORS |
Aside from what I've mentioned before, the more "linear" part of the story is actually not that bad. It's nothing impressive. A part of what I said earlier connects to the fact that this movie constantly keeps juggling between what is real and what is not. Be it by robots, or actual reality that the characters are living. So it came out pretty obvious that the movie would have a twist at some point, somewhere. I will admit that I did not get it until the very end, so, don't be discouraged.
Ryan Gosling was great, also because he as an actor was perfect for his role. Being so that he has this way of being and looking conflicted, and so it portrayed really well on the protagonist.
Harrison Ford had less value to this movie than he did in the last Star Wars.
Jared Leto's character is a mystery to me, but he did a phenomenal job talking random shit.
All of the other actors, Jared Leto included, were there to push the story forward (or to add random bullshit) and that's it. They did a fantastic job, but unfortunately, as mentioned above, at first glance it looks like they don't mean shit.
| CINEMATOGRAPHY |
The movie is visually pleasing, it's bliss for people with OCD. It's perfectly round and at the same time perfectly square. It keeps smooth lines combining great color combinations in the palette, and utilizing great solid colors at the same time.
As I said before it holds perfectly a spot near its predecessor, the mood and feel are almost identical. (Having watched the first one only an hour before going to the theater to watch this one)
I have to say, this one looks A LOT, like A FUCKING GIGAZILLION LOT more gruesome and splatter than the first one. The fighting scenes are brutal, they do not go into dramatic effects, they just are what they should be. A punch in the face, exploding heads and blood.
There is no doubt that this movie looks fucking amazing.
It sounds amazing as well. It has a collection of deep, pure sounds. There is not a lot of music, but when there is it's powerful and present and it makes you wake up and amaze. Same goes for the special audio effects: I have watched it in ATMOS and I have to admit, they did not utilize it at all, except for one scene later in the movie, but the way it goes from absolute silence to seat trembling sensations it's really amazing. The sounds were so powerful I could literally see the movie screen shake and the subwoofer hit made the whole room shake.
I would also like to add that in the Italian version, you can clearly see that they used "incorrect" words grammatically, they used a lot of anglicisms, I guess they've done that to express how language is evolving? It's actually current of our generation, I see a lot of people adapting English words in Italian, so I was very impressed by that.
| FINAL THOUGHT |I feel like everyone needs to understand, before watching this movie, that you need a time, a mood and a place perfectly fit to sit for a 3 hours movie that it's going to feel like a 6-hour long journey into colors, shapes, and absolute "living" silence.
This is NOT a Marvel movie, there is action, well-done action, but it's not about action. You need to sit, relax and don't think about time, because, trust me, it's going to fuck you.
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Just got back from Blade Runner 2049... Holy Shit! That was awesome. Denis Villeneuve can do no wrong in my eyes after this and Arrival.
I don't want to get into the story too much as it's honestly a better thing to go into this "sequel" with minimal direct knowledge of the sequel's plot (via reviews and such). However, being familiar with the original movie and watching the 15-20 minute anime short Blade Runner Black Out 2022 (made by the director of the anime "Cowboy Bebop") are definitely recommended imo especially as the anime short fills in some holes about the "Black Out" event that is touched upon in this new movie a few times.
As for the movie itself, it is defined by fantastic direction/editing, story and acting. The themes of discrimination between humans and Replicants, what defines humanity, and what is truly "real", standout in this film even in many of the tiny subtle moments. A fantastic performance by Ryan Gosling is without a doubt the standout in and drives this film, to the point where it almost essentially devolves into a single-man epic at times (of course, in a good way). I wish that there could have been a bit more Harrison Ford, but honestly that is just the homer in me talking. In terms of the actual story and flow of the film, his presence was handled beautifully as a perfect supplement to the movie and the more important story at hand (unlike a few of his more recent reboot/remake cameos).
The runtime is a bit long at 2 hours and 45 minutes, but don't let that deter you. I honestly never felt that bored or overwhelmed by it. A few beautiful action scenes and some atmospheric sprawling set pieces are interspersed among the emotional core and chilling dialogue that drive the film to give it a great pace. I could have watched this movie all day.
This is definitely an easy 9/10 for me at minimum. Once I get a little more time, I'm definitely go in for another rewatch (hopefully in XD/IMAX 3D). I also liked how the ending was handled very tactfully, leaving room for the possibility of a sequel, but not hammering it down our throats like it was rebooting a new cinematic universe. I pray that we don't have to wait 35 years for the next one though...
There are plenty of reviews of this film, so here are a few spoiler free heartfelt words of my own, which I hope will help those decide to watch this movie, without worry...
It has been 24 hours since watching the 'Blade Runner' sequel and I still have the same feeling of utter joy as I did walking out of the cinema yesterday. I was so happy that I actually cried, because after 35 years I had finally found my perfect score 10/10 movie. When you see a film that affects you so emotionally that you have tears rolling down your cheeks, then I believe you are witnessing something very special indeed.
True, I am probably biased. The original 1982 'Blade Runner' is my second favourite film of all time - a cult classic that made Ridley Scott in to one of the most respected film makers alive today. The sheer wealth of ideas, the photography, the visual special effects, the sets, the tension, the story, the music and the acting all come together with a passion that, for me, was film making at its' finest.
Hence, when I heard that a sequel was planned, my heart sank. Please, leave it alone, I thought. However, my reservations were slowly pushed away when I heard that most of the team that made the original were on-board to make the sequel. Then, after it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was directing, my confidence grew even more. Alright, let me keep my fingers crossed and believe... which was literally how I was in the cinema yesterday. The lights went down, the music started and...
...within 2 minutes I had goose bumps on my arms and I knew it was going to be fine.
I am here to tell you now that this movie delivers on every level. The pedestal was very high indeed and everyone involved with this sequel should be extremely proud with what they have achieved.
'Blade Runner 2049' is respectful, powerful and smart. The director knew he had a tall order and he manages to bring his style to the next level, creating a science fiction masterpiece.
There were moments when I did not blink for fear of missing something, moments when I was gripping my hand with tension, moments of utter wonder at the visuals, moments of shock and moments of surprise. I was pulled in to this movie like no other I have seen and the 3 hours it lasted was no hardship at all for me... in fact, I didn't want it to end.
Granted, I was sitting in the best seat in the one of the best cinema's in the UK with IMAX and it really helped to literally immerse you in the film. The quality of the picture was simply stunning and the sound was ground shaking without any distortion... and 'Blade Runner 2049' deserves the best possible screen and audio you can buy.
This movie has been crafted with love and skill.
This movie was worth the 35 years wait.
This movie is the sequel we all wanted and hoped for.
This movie is a perfect 10/10 for me and I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did and will do, again and again.
"I always told you. You're special. Your history isn't over yet. There's still a page left."
I'm pretty confident, that Blade Runner 2049 will take a place in my heart and in my memory as one of the best sequels I ever saw (+ ever produced (in my humble opinion)). In terms of storytelling it stays true to its predecessor and follows a similar pace. Some may find this slow or redundant, I found it absolutely stunning and atmospheric. Combined with its stellar audio-visual presentation and a great acting performance it forms a beautiful, oppressive atmosphere I highly recommend to anyone! 2D is sufficient though! Fantastic movie!
"To be born is to have a soul, I guess"
EDIT: Third time seeing it and still in awe of how beautiful this movie is and how perfect the score is.
This is sci-fi done right. Everything from the cinematography to score to the color palette to the acting were all fantastic. Denis Villeneuve has another winner. It seems like he did the impossible and gave a worthy sequel to a classic. Hans Zimmer's score really sets the mood. The visuals are where this movie really shines. The colors, the landscapes, the holograms and even the ads are all beautiful and it really expands on what Ridley Scott was able to do 35 years ago. This deserves to be seen on the big screen. Ryan Gosling gives one of his best performances. Harrison Ford was good with his limited screen time but it was Sylvia Hoeks' Luv who really stood out.
I can't wait to see this again and see what new things I will catch. One of the best films of the year and one of the best sci-fi films so far this century.
EDIT: I saw it again, twice in three days, and it just got so much better the second time. Usually if I watch the same movie that close I get bored but I was so into it that the 2 hours and 43 minutes run time went by quick. I think it became my favorite movie this year so far. It still is a visual treat to watch and must be experienced on the big screen. What Roger Deakins was able to do is Oscar worthy and I hope he finally wins one.
Some things I picked up on the second were more of the symbolism of the two female leads, Joi and Luv. Joi isn't real and K has Joi that makes him happy and gives him joy. Even when K gives her the ability to move around freely and the go to the rooftop and have an intimate moment only to be ruined by a work call. That really is what joy is, an illusion of happiness, but it can be ruined by work or something else. Then there is Luv where she is determined to do what Wallace asked her. She ends up fighting with K and destroying Joi, whose last words were I love you. Love will destroy your joy and you will struggle with Love.
After K has been beaten and bruised and lost the only thing that made him happy he happens to run into another (large) Joi is just a slap in the face. Joi repeating phrases K's said earlier and saying he looks like a Joe. I think it is at this point he realized that Joi was never real. He realizes he can be more than human by fighting (and dying) for the right cause. He has to fight for what is real, Deckard and his daughter. This scene was beautiful but I think it has much more meaning and depth.
There really aren't any villians in this movie. Wallace is fighting to help human kind by making more replicants. Lieutenant Joshi is trying to keep the peace by not letting replicants reproduce. The old nexus replicants just want to live their lives in peace. K is caught in the middle of all of this.
P.S. When Ryan Gosling started to play the piano in Sapper's house I really wanted him to go full La La Land and play City of Stars.
Okay, so Villeneuve really did the impossible. He took the world of the original Blade Runner and expanded it spectacularly, not only in terms of actual world-building but also by providing viewers with new ideas and topics to discuss, which all resulted in a film I loved even more than the original. Going into the film, I never would have expected the main plot line, yet it made complete sense, and raised many questions that relate to the original's debate over replicant humanity that viewers can debate for years to come. Much like the original, 2049 is a very thought-provoking film, and is especially relevant when thinking of our world today. 2049 touches on current issues like climate change, AI, and living in an increasingly digital world, in very clever ways, all while never seeming out of place in the dystopian setting of 2049 LA. I want to say so much more (!!!), but much like the filmmakers wanted, you really should go into this film not knowing any spoilers.
Speaking of this futuristic world, it's stunning. I read one review that said you could watch this whole film on mute and still be engaged, which is true - I've seen the film now 3 times, and really couldn't point out a single scene that wasn't visually engaging. Roger Deakins really went above and beyond, and like everyone is saying, he absolutely deserves an Oscar for this film. The only place, I thought, where 2049 didn't live up to the original, was in terms of the score. If you love soundtracks/scores like I do, don't think that you'll be disappointed by this film's score, just know that it doesn't compete with Vangelis' work on the original. (The sound editing on this film was pretty stellar however).
So overall - Blade Runner 2049 is amazing, and definitely my favorite film of the year. Denis Villeneuve showed how well he can pull off the "human story in a sci-fi film" in Arrival, and he takes this concept even further in 2049. This film is a must watch of 2017, and preferably in IMAX/3D/the largest screen possible!
Same with Arrival and Sicario, I didn't like this movie as much as other people. Villeneuve is a visually interesting director. The same goes for Christopher Nolan. But both have, in my opinion, the problem with emotions and characters in their movies. In Arrival we had some really bad cliché scientists, Sicario didn't have any interesting characters at all (same old "this is an evil guy, this is a good guy"-type stuff); the worst characters award goes to Inception (no Nolan discussion beyond this, I promise).
When I look at this Blade Runner version, we have the same problem as in Sicario. We have a solid bad character as in Luv (if we count in Mr. Wallace we have two, but was he even a character we cared about? In the end he didn't have much to do anyway, maybe he was in the movie just to implement the new moral system/ideology after Tyrell) and of course the good characters as in K and Deckard. When I look at the original Blade Runner, the sides of good & evil aren't nearly as distinguished as in this movie. Sure, you can say the replicants that want a longer life that threatened other people were the "bad" boys, but here they had their reasons. And in the end of the original one, even the bad ones turned human (or atleast did something we'd call humanistic). This was atleast visionary and why I like the original so much. In the new one? Just a solid, not changing bad character, whose only reason to be bad seems her loyalty to Mr. Wallace and his ideology. This is way behind the moral integrity of the original Blade Runner and mostly just another boring good vs. evil plot without any scope for moral integrity, for humans and replicants alike.
As for replicants and their moral scope, Officer K. didn't seem to even have one at all. Questioning his lifestyle or his side of ideology didn't seem to bother him at all. His character was just too focused on his "who are my parents, are my memories real or not?", so there was no room for him to really change or develop with everything that's happening as the movie continues. In the end, he's just as wise as he was in the beginning without getting somewhere. This is tragic and kinda the point, but did I feel any emotions for him? Not at all, because he wasn't an ambigiuous character to start with. It seems to me that part of the problem and why this movie was made how it is, is that Villeneuve planned from the beginning to do more Blade Runner movies and just touch some themes. So Officer K can just play the role of getting Deckard to the point he his now and in the next movie we could see ideologies crumble (or another boring good guy (Deckard) vs. bad guy (Mr. Wallace)-type story, yawn).
For me, this movie felt like a placeholder for something that could be way deeper and more focused on the philosophical, ethical or moral side of replicants story (which the original movie was). Maybe it was for the sake of more sequels to come (which would be the worst reason in my opinion, the remake and sequel trend in the last few years is just awful for cinema as a unique art form) or also to make it more accessible to more viewers (even with its slow pace, I think Blade Runner 2049 is way more accessible than the original one) Imagine the incredibly long scene with the creepy dolls or the unicorn scene from the original for your "generic" cinema viewer today. I don't think any major movie studio would approve such scenes. Which hurts cinema as an art in the end the most.
TL;DR: The original Blade Runner was a complex movie, Blade Runner 2049 is just overly complicated without getting anywhere (for me).
Snooze. Sorry, too long. A beautiful movie for sure and it has its moments but whew...........too long.
I was never really a fan of the original. This film truly is a sequel to that film. Setting supersedes characters in story. Adult mystery plods along while loud music fills the room. Fans of subwoofers and set design are sure to be pleased, but when the story is about what makes robots robots and what makes people people, wooden acting is not the best approach. 4/10
Some nice visual effects but not a real sci-fi.. slow and boring.
I think people who votes 8,9,10 don't watch sci-fi a lot. This movie is simply boring. Couldn't bare to finish it.
Brilliant movie true to the original in every way, from cinematography to the music score. Truly immersive. One of the best movies I watched in years.
My birthday wish is that this will be good
2 hours later and still nothing really happend...the movie is so f***cking slow
Great to look at, sexy and messes with your head possibly more than the original. Don't expect an action packed movie and you'll enjoy it more. As a futuristic detective film, it's right up there with the original. Even if the first is still better. This film has more nudity and sexual moments than the original. But is, well beautiful nevertheless. Has a very artsy feel to it. Think A.I. Artificial Intelligence, but probably better.
Started off good enough enough. I thought this movie could pull off a decent sequel. After an hour the mystery of the child becaming painfully obvious. From then it became a typical hollywood drag of a dog (let's call him Pinocchio Runner) chasing his tail. As I'm waiting for the obvious to happen I remember that the bad guys did some cringey plot revealing monologues in the style of Sunset Beach, but looking like something from a superhero movie (adhere to the demographic?) It was looking bleak and felt dumbed down and boring.It's fair to compare this to the look of the original as it's setting is simular and it really was a part of Blade Runner. This is less cyber punk and way brighter. It does still have its moments of beauty. Many. The pacing is simular, but the slow pacing of the original was held together with a plot that deveoped and a thick murky atmosphere, which are missing here.The relationship between Joi and our main guy the serial number was too repetitive and obvious. I liked it at first glance. It looked great on screen. My issue was that the idea and thought provoking behind the relationship was done after a few scenes and the rest, of which there was a lot, felt like filler. The relationship was too linear and uninteresting to demand so much time and in the end it didnt make me feel much for the characters.Before long there was no new ideas or interesting development in the story. When Gosling finally meets Ford it got worse - not better. The scene in which they meet was boring and silly. I start zoning out. Then... a rescue mission to conveniently take us to the end. Bye now I was completely bored and didn't care about the movie.This movie didn't need to be made. It didnt feel like the writers wanted to write it. It felt like a cash in. Another cash in. So it lacks all the main qualities of the original, doesnt stand alone as a good movie, and becomes increasingly boring as it progresses. Least we know Sylvia Hoeks can produce a single tear to roll down a cheek for the camera.
this movie was so pretty it gave me eyes diabetes
It's very rare and, consequently, quite impressive, that a sequel is able to recreate the same feeling as the original movie, 35 years later, under a different direction. That's exactly what "Blade Runner 2049" did. Excluding the obviously better special effects, this movie is so in tune with the first one that it felt like it was released just a couple of years later; visually and sound-wise, Blade Runner 2049 is that close to its predecessor.
It's slow paced, just like the first one but, unlike many other comments I've read about it, criticising that particular aspect of the original movie, I've always felt that the slow pacing suited very well with the tone of the first movie, and it still works wonders for 2049. This is not a slap in the face, Blade Runner is something that crawls under your skin, slowly makes its way to your brain and then melts with it. It may require some patience from the most restless out there, but if you're willing to invest it in this sci-fi wonder, you'll end up with a very satisfying movie experience.
A special mention goes to the soundtrack, which was one of my favourite parts of "Blade Runner". I've always been a fan of Vangelis' music for the original Blade Runner, it took the whole thing to another level, undoubtedly giving the movie a larger than life feeling. I was very impressed that Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch managed to mimic Vangelis' soundtrack perfectly for 2049, again recreating the very same larger than life atmosphere. Sometimes, the right music is what distinguishes a mere movie from a whole experience.
I have to add that the pre-sex scene was one of the most emotionally disturbing pre-sex scenes I've ever seen in a movie. It was such a powerful scene that I felt i should write a whole sentence about it (without actually saying much, but still).
As it so often happens with sequels to old classics (unfortunately), I was afraid the Hollywood money making machine would make this thing bomb. But I am very pleased (and relieved!) to say that fans of the original movie will surely enjoy 2049, whereas all those people who thought "Blade Runner" was a slow paced borefest might want to look elsewhere, because both movies are clearly not for them.
Please, go watch it in IMAX, if you can, it truly deserves that. That was my only regret."Blade Runner 2049" is a modern sci-fi classic, just like the original was, 35 years ago.
The film was actually really disappointing. As a film it was /OK/, but as a sequel to Blade Runner, it was terrible. There were some nice in-jokes and references, but overall low-brow junk masquerading as high-brow gold (it was directed by Villeneuve, so I really shouldn't have expected better, the only thing he's good at is making stupid people think they are clever). Everything seemed forced and unnatural. The plot was trite and cliched, and everything was very predictable. Totally a wasted opportunity ;^<
Greatest movie of the year. Visually stunning, deep, great characters, amazing sound.A worthy successor of the first Blade Runner!
(don't expect an action-filled, dumb super-hero movie)
With no prejudice, unfortunately and despite I've read so many positive opinions and reviews, all typical worries of a sequel became true... such a slow, boring and empty script. I will give it the recreation of the atmosphere is well done but one can't help getting fidgety after a while. Very disappointing ☹☹☹
It'll be a classic in the future.
I expected much more from this movie
Excellent flick...but Roy Batty is still Goat
this was the best film ive watched on a movie theater this year
I liked most of the movie's tone. Spectacular and beautiful in the empire sprawling dystopia that is / was Blade Runner. Visually stunning, and the 4 hours of the runtime is almost devoted to these superlative, panoramic moments...
Oh, it's just 2h 45m?
The plot is very much attractive and attemptive.
After a few hours of depth, it was okay. 7/10. If I was charitable.
Its not a good sequel. It's also not blade runner. It is trying very hard to make itself blade runner. It fits together. But, it is going in too different a direction and making different choices.
In ways that should never be attempted, it has rebooted blade runner.
The same problem exists with Ghost in the shell, Ghostbusters, The Force Awakens, etc. The pageantry and spectacular effects are the most important focus, and it destroys the native or originality of the first movie. It's akin to being the archetype of a new trope.
There's a few reboots that improve, but it's a disappointment more profound than a terrible sequel to realizing that a sequel has nothing to do with the first movie. Aliens to Alien, the movie is startlingly different and plays with the same world. Blade Runner 2049 is a different world to the original.
This isn't Fan4stic. It's just... Not a sequel. Too much has changed to be the same world as the original movie.
There are deliberate problems. First world problems, to be sure, and the story is convoluted for effect.
I can't especially pin down why it fails to be a good movie rather than a great one. It has all of the pieces, or some of the pieces of a great, re-watchable, fun and masterful film.
The briefest way to sum up my disappointment is that I don't care about the characters.
The only compelling thing is perhaps Joi the holographic fake girlfriend. And while I think that this is awesome, it is not. I probably should be concerned for the hero, or Deckard. Or anything, anyone else. Nope.
Joi is the least of the significant absurdity. The reality of Joi is something profoundly idiotic. Ie. That the best acting, most emotional and smartest person is the least powerful, and the least human. This is a problem.
If the scenery was a character, it would be the protagonist of the movie. This has actually been attempted with success elsewhere, koyannaquatsi, sic.
Maybe it's just my imagination, or opinion, or A quirk of the length of the movie perhaps. Or just a funny aspect of the direction and production, could the story be told without words? Just scenes and edits.?
Other times, it challenges you, especially the preference to rattle the room with ambient bass and ear piercing volume for the emotional experience of the scenery. Does a dead forest require a 97db foghorn-like pulse racing ambience?
It doesn't not work. Audio is pushy rather than subtle. Loud, rather than contrast or matching the power of the visual effects/ landscape.
It's not great. It's not bad. The parts it does badly are choices made. And there's thousands of odd idiosyncrasies. It's a very long movie.
It's just on the cusp of going past the suspension of disbelief. More inconsistencies than plausible or tolerant. As a result of this, you end up pulling the threads with boredom or curiosity. A movie under 100 minutes, you can Suspend Disbelief. At the 150+ minutes mark, the fantasy erodes and it needs to work much harder for coherence.
In an Era where TV can deliver a story with movie quality over 10 to 20 hours, film has to change or choose. Perhaps, choices that were made for the film by someone who doesn't enjoy movies.
Thousands of hours of thought went into this movie, and it bleeds through. When I try to put a finger on the concepts, art, choices and script for a single vision, or a single flaw that underpins the way I don't like it enough to really enjoy this or feel favorable towards it...
Nothing about the movie is inherently bad. You can overtly go into depth into scenes and pull out the hidden details for hours, context and framing etc.
The challenge will be in 5 or 10+ years, to see if someone can make this concept work properly into a better movie, TV series or universe. It is an awesome film to break into pieces, much like Gladiator or Guardians of the Galaxy, to calibrate what makes a movie great and fun.
With some editing, it could be salvaged into a better noir film. More has to go wrong, and the movie would need more characters, etc.
Theres like an hour of filler in the storyline to accomplish... Nothing. The characters chase a red herring, and it takes time. The payoff is that the quest... Is nihilistic. Okay. Awesome.
Perhaps, it comes down to the storyline being rushed, or the twist (cough) being quite a bit mishandled.
The appeal to discourse is vain. Watercooler discussion works if you make good choices and people want more. You don't get this by overlaying and obscuring the plot with a red herring and forget about the wider implications of adding a layer of intrigue that casts infinite doubt into the story.
The elements that gave the twist for Deckard being a Replicant in the original were subtle. It pushed the choice on the viewer to infer more than the movie informed or showed to people. Hence the confusion about cuts and endings, the unicorn, etc.
Now, In its most concise, the replicants are the movie. This is the first problem, of many.
Blade runner focused on the humanity of the characters, their failures and doubts versus the reckless and charismatic replicants, better in every aspect once they could be allowed to be.
This is airbrushed in the sequel.
The other is the artistry and decadence of the settings and locations. Awesome, but amateurish as well.
Amateur in that people don't live in the places created, and never did. There's a lot of brilliant and creative ideas on display, and a botched integration with the world. Things are weathered, in sterile rooms. Lighting is moody, in a clean street, with/without vehicles in the roads. A brothel is next door to a food court with a giant touch screen locker system, which seems like it should be a keyed location. It feels unlike a real location because of the fake and the overt push of the crowds.
And you have tumbled modernist art deco statues in a washed out Las Vegas, but holographic jukeboxes and intact highrises. The reason it looks fake is, people have to make places. Choices. Fund and buy resources. The reason why you don't have an office building with irrigation and water pools is someone has to clean it. Maintain it. And be irritated by it. The Wallace replicants are entirely doll manifestations that also deliver the plot and momentum of the film. This is... Stupid. Not clever. The noir elements don't merge well, the luck needed to process the plot is supra deus ex machinae, there's... Time spent on the silliest of things that do not change the plot in the 4 middle parts. We have 4 middle parts of filler to drive a plot that is being steered.
The directing / storyline choices made are... Curious. Dumb. Gaudy. Pretentious. Self important. Disconnected. Hyped. Overt. Mismanaged. Otherwise, fine. It's not a problem, despite the insanity required to implement. The visual and story choices are styled to make people feel and understand.
You can think of these settings, but it becomes fake and austentatious once built. This overt motif becomes a character in the movie, it does not ever blend in with the background. Hence, amateur.
In some ways, they did the same damage as Ghost in the Shell (2017) attempting modernized Holographic Cityscapes. It is so much more gorgeous, and so much more hollow.
The more significant problem exists with Ghost. The characters were trampled by the budget and the plot inserts. Arguably, the same problem exists with The Force Awakens, that the characters feel forced into the greenscreen and wire work action scenes from unnatural dialogue. Ford Ambles in this movie. A lot. He has his moments, but the insanity of using a cartoon Evil villain in a "billion dollar" movie is incredibly lazy.
Harrison Ford against a non blind, non insane Jared Leto would have connected people to the charismatic and driven ideologue. Nope.
The movie wants to forget subtle and forges a deliberate "fish bowl" motif to the antagonist, a "Desperate" ambitious CEO with a lust for dominance via a replicating replicant workforce. This is the lowest possible point in the movie, because of the way it is presented as... Iconoclast and preachy desperation.
I don't know if I'd give the movie a 9 without Jared Leto, but it seems possible.
I just don't even really care, that's the problem. Every other character, is fine.
Blade Runner 2049 is a film with memorable cinematography that overly depends on the audience to give it meaning.
If you think about which goals a movie sequel should have, expanding the original is a strong contender. To justify its existence, Blade Runner 2049 should update its predecessor's visuals and messages, specially since its story is set 30 years after the original.
Other commenters here (and everywhere else) have already praised cinematographer Roger Deakins, and justifiably so. Deakins did deliver a brilliant work that draws the viewer in and makes the alternate future look lived-in, dirty and unforgiving. This movie is a visual masterpiece and one can easily predict that it will have an influence over new sci fi releases.
However sitting through almost 3 hours of a movie needs more to be justifiable. Are Blade Runner 2049's messages and questions really deserving of all this investment?
Since Blade Runner's release in 1982, many sci fi movies have tackled questions about artificial intelligence and what it means to be real/human with much more emotional resonance. Not that the Blade Runner universe is famous for being warm, but 2049 isn't really bringing anything new to the landscape, neither feelings or conversations. If anything, the film's slow pace and meandering (sometimes redudant) plot overcomplicate its message. Screenwriters Hampton Fancher and Michael Green throw several ideas in the air, hoping at least one of them will stick. One could say it's a sign of respect for the audience, but it only shows a lack of commitment.
The intense attention to visual impact contrasted with an unfocused story results in a self indulgent film, too entranced by its own beauty to care about what its saying. Blade Runner 2049 heavily depends on the audience's nostalgia and projection – you have your own deep thoughts and assume they came from the movie.
So, despite being a feast for the eyes, this movie doesn't earn its running time, making it a hard pass for anyone not in love with the 1982 original.
A cinematic masterpiece. Probably the best sci-fi film of the 21st century.
Blade Runner 2049
Beautiful visual direction, every shot is a piece of art.Thought provoking grand scheme but at the same time personal plot.Stellar acting.Leaves you wanting more.
Must be seen at the cinema.
"Pain reminds you the joy you felt was real".
Wow! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! And another WOW!
"Blade Runner 2049" is a fantastic follow up to the first and fixes a lot of the issues people had with the 1982 film. Without any director or extended cut. It's everything a sequel should do. Hell, you can watch this without watching the first and wouldn't get lost. Something "Force Awakes", "Jurassic World", and "Finding Dory" should take notes on. This is the type of film that will inspire young film makers out there to pick up a camera and make art. It's that great.
As I said in my "Arrival" review, Denis Villeneuve can release a movie every year and be close of making a masterpiece. This is the masterpiece. When "Prisoners" and "Enemy" was released, a lot of people saw great promise for him in the future, but never has a director live up to that praise. You can see the love and respect he has for the original without cheating out by playing on your nostalgic to win you over, not with Blade Runner. He also brings something new to the universe and made the whole thing thought-provoking.
Roger Deakins continues to out shine himself with every film his apart of, however this might be his best work yet. The beautiful imagery, framing, the use of darkest and neon lights really adds to the amazement of the world building. It's one of the most good looking films I've this year and nothing will top it. I swear if this doesn't get him that long and well deserved Oscar, then nothing will. I lost respect for the Academy a long time ago, but this will make them look spineless.
The performances from everyone were all fantastic. Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright are great as always. Harrison Ford gave probably the best performance I've seen from him. And Jared Leto redeeming himself after the garbage fire that was "Suicide Squad", despite the small screen time. I finally saw him playing a character, not a try-hard 'look at my method acting'.
The score was incredible and has this blasting roar to it that the speakers at my cinema literally vibrated every time. I didn't see it in IMAX, it's that effective.
What surprised me more is how engaging the story was and how emotional it got. By the end, I felt a tear coming down my eye. Little CGI was used in certain aspects as it went for a more practical path with it's effects. The final result is remarkable.
Overall rating: Villeneuve nailed what many thought was impossible. My eye for his next movie has gone up sky high. Please go support this.
For all those who want to get in the mood of Blade Runner, you should watch these 3:
and the awesome anime version by Shinichiro Watanabe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrZk9sSgRyQ
Can't wait for release !
This is such a disappointment! An extremely slow movie! I believe they filmed the movie and slowed down everything by 50% in post production! I had high expectations but ended up disappointed...
I really must have watched an entirely different movie than the one that is rated here! This movie was TERRIBLE! No plot or real storyline, expressionless actors, poor dialogue. I thought the first one was bad. I could not get through it even after 4 attempts. I was determined to get through this one though even though it took three different sessions to do so.
the worst film in my entire life
sure it has a message to tell, great acting and lots of visual style... but it's just so B.O.R.I.N.G...Don*t remember the original Blade Runner, do have fond memories of the video game with the same name though... after all the great reviews this was a total disappointment.
I really did not understand anything of this movie… maybe I should have watched the original first to understand what it's all about. Otherwise it was just… boring and somehow bad…
Saw it only once at a good theater, and was desperately nervous that it was going to suck. On purpose I had watched no trailers, had read no dirt, and had no idea about the plot other than what I had learned from watching the first film probably 10 times over the course of my life.
1.5 hours in I got nervous - shit is it gonna end soon? 2 hours in, I realized "Aw hell yeah, it's gonna be a 3 hour film!" 15 minutes before the end, I said "holy crap, i didn't expect that!". 5 minutes before the end I realized the conclusion, and I just rode it home. I need to see it again now a few times to soak it all up...
Really well done Villeneuve, bravo. So few sequels which come after a masterpiece, pay due respect to the first film. But based on this excellent work, and how the sound, texture and story was crafted, I'm ready for Blade Runner 2051. I am now desperate to see where the story goes from here... :D We can't wait so long this time!!!! (big grin)
DENIS, YOU MAGNIFICENT FUCKING BASTARD, YOU DID IT AGAIN. ISSA MASTERPIECE.
A solid sequel to a great scifi, Ryan Gosling played the role perfectly and smoothly. Really brought the feeling back of the original movie and I really enjoyed it, it is intense, a bit too hardcore for the general viewer and I can understand why people wouldn't like it, some people just get lost because it isn't your typical scifi movie.
Brought back a lot of memories but I am happy I watched the original last month before watching this.
Let's be honest, Blade Runner didn't need a sequel, so when I heard a follow up was in production, I was a little worried. Would it be a cash-in? Will it tarnish the memory of the original? Well, I needn't have worried. The new film closely mirrors the original classic in theme, atmosphere, and story. It's complicated, but rewards those who are paying attention. Needless to say, this is one film that needs to be rewatched time and again, just like its predecessor. Is it a better film? No, I don't think so, but then it didn't have to be. The fact that it complements the original is good enough, and it may eventually gain classic status, as the first film did eventually.
Having not seen the original, I can say this movie makes me want to go back and watch Blade Runner.
Definitely worth seeing in IMAX, and I will be coming back to the theater to see it again.
Wow. I'm glad I went into this with no spoilers. What a beautiful, sad movie. It left me at a loss for words with an emotional ache throughout my body, but I loved it.
I've not seen the first movie that I'm not big fan of for years so had to jog my memory while watching It's sequel that I wasn't highly Impressed with but it was a good film, kept me hooked Into It's futuristic world and characters.
Um filme tecnicamente perfeito, fotografia maravilhosa e uma continuação que não deixa muito a desejar para o original. Mas ainda assim, uma continuação desnecessária.
The film is absolutly agrichuckle.
Fairly typical Villeneuve movie. Dull and bleak story told against an even duller and bleaker vision of future worlds (being mostly either grey, snowy or amber in colour) with a boring story that takes forever to unfold. Can't really understand the hype that this movie gets at all. My biggest regret is that it wasn't half as long as it was, it sure could have been!! More a movie to endure than enjoy unless you're a REAL fan of the slow, plodding, bleak vision of the future.
This was great! I enjoyed every minute of it. Harrison Ford was amazing and Ryan did a fantastic job as well. The visual effects and even the score made it even better.
Não sou sou muito fã do filme original (talvez tenha visto a versão errada?) mas Blade Runner 2049 me agradou. O filme expande um pouco o universo e conta com personagens muito interessantes em boas atuações. A fotografia é o ponto alto do filme. De negativo fica a atuação de Harisson Ford que parece não estar se esforçando mais em seus filmes.
Um arrependimento: não ter ido assistir no cinema.
Esse filme é ruin!!! duas horas e meia de nada! Affff, não perca seu tempo, o diretor gasta muito tempo em cenas pífias, parece um filme sem conteúdo rodando em camera lenta. Péssimo.
Chef d’œuvre.Meilleur film de 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is a beautiful movie. it surely couldn't beat his predecessor, but it's still a good movie to watch. I Think the movie was a little too slow reguarding the story. but Villenueve managed to make the story nice to follow. the search for Harrison ford, the persistent problem of the meaning of "being human". all of this is very well built, with a talented cast and a beautiful photography. BUT, talking about what Made blade runner such a cult, the sequel couldn't manage even to get closer to that. the idea of the "human being" is not so evident in this movie, is just a background to emphatyze the main character story. reguarding the world of blade runner 2049, Villenueve did a great job. he created a really beautiful atmosphere, with a beautiful photography. let's just say that cult movies can't continue troghout history. they are Made and contestualized for a certain period, and that makes them unique and irrepetible. blade runner 2049 is a good movie, not a masterpiece, not something new, but it's certainly well spended money.
La he visto en el cine y me ha gustado mucho. Abstenerse los que les guste la ciencia ficción de acción porque se van a aburrir, pero es recomendable si te gustan las buenas historias. La ambientación estés clavada respecto a la primera.
The most cinematic experience I've had since I was a kid. Beautiful, loud, intelligent and exhilarating.
I'm not sure I'd ever used the word 'enthralled' out loud before I walked out the cinema last night, but it was the only one I could get out my big grinning face.
The Imax version is incredible ;)
Desnecessário um filme tão longo, tão lento... Muito chato.
I really enjoyed it. The world they build is so believable and layered that they could make dozens more movies. The filmmaking and storytelling are top-notch, though it is a bit slow. They probably could've cut half an hour from it with no problem. All in all, a very worthy sequel that improves on the original in pretty much every way.
Absolutely incredible. As it stands, the best movie of the year.
I don't know how many times I've watched the original BLADE RUNNER so I went to see this today with cautious optimism and was pleasantly surprised. Denis Villeneue has made a slowly paced but methodically precise production (it's 2 hours and 43 minutes), which sounds tedious and boring but, instead, it is finely crafted work of art, a fitting homage to the original while introducing us to a new build (and, yes, it is all primed for a continuing franchise). It was quite exquisite! Great cast, interesting story line, fascinating reality constructs, great CG - really a solid movie experience. I give it an 8.5 out of 10. [SciFi]
What an awesome and phenomenal movie!! Shook to my core. I'm stunned by how good this movie was, I went in with high expectations and those were met. The visuals, story and soundtrack worked so well together. ART! That is what this movie is. This is going on my favorite movies of all time list and I don't even have a list. I'm gonna make one just for this. Just wanted to say that the jacket that Ryan Gosling wears in the movie is. I honestly need to get it, if anyone knows where hit me up.
Morgan from TWD, fuck yeah. Awesome cast, great movie.
Just came home from it, got a lot of nostalgic scenes in it that's great for fans of the first one, so many that i would call it a service. Don't get me wrong i like the movie a lot and clearly the people behind the camera studied the first one extensively, possibly frame by frame to get the style right. but the noir and gloomy feel to it went wrong at some point in the second half of the movie, as it got completely overshadowed by Scott's newer styles. So yes this movie have moments that gives me the nostalgia of my favorite movie blade runner, but in way more circumstances i feel like I'm watching Martian or Prometheus. (or any other 21 century Ridley Scott sci-fi movie)
People give 10 to Avengers but cannot even give a good rating for this masterpiece. Truly the best movie of 2017.
It's so good, most of the scenes if not all the scenes, look like a wallpaper, i could screenshot every frame to make my wallpaper, but i don't have enough patience to do that :|
Can we please update the poster? It makes it look like a crappy anime.
I'm still hypnotized by the magical atmosphere of Blade Runner's future.
Definitely has won me for initially nothing easy causes this new prodigy Villeneuve, brutal, hypnotic and touching at the same time, that reflects on the soul, on its nature in its most complex manifestations, the human and that other that is to be determined with the new artificial intelligences already in the making
A bit "slow" but really enjoyable
Saw this in the theater... greatest nap I’ve had in a while
Let´s just start be saying I am not a fan of the first Blade Runner and I didn't think it needed a sequel. But, who knows, 2049 could be something, right ?Well I am about 30 min into it and nothing really happened. The little that did could have been told in about, say, 5-10 minutes? The rest was style and atmosphere. With 136 minutes left I quit because I am certain I would have regretted watching more.So this is not a review on the movie put rather a recommendation to those who did not like the first one to just skip this. It's my subjective, personal opinion. I won't even rate it.
Okay let me get this straight, you will not agree to my 10 if you are not already enjoyed by a great set of cinematics & music. Because this movie LIVES on it. The Story itself is super weak and lackluster and I would be so angry if that is would be what I am supposed to love. But much like Mad Maxx this Movie just excells through other qualities. There hasn't been many movies that manage to make you feel a certain emotion just by having a SPOT ON soundtrack and Bladerunner 2049 has that. It combined with stunning and realistic Cyberpunk Cinematic just make this a very pleasent and exciting movie I loved seeing on the big Screen.
I probably shouldn’t have started to watch this film, with its long running time, when I was feeling tired. Especially with the dark scenes and often muted colours.
Yeah, it was OK. The best scenes saved for the final portion of the film.
Love the cityscape and the technical side which suggests great advances over current day. Of course, we are somewhat behind the curve; we won’t have ‘replicants’ by 2020 that’s for sure!!
As a movie this is a very good movie. The scenery, the acting, the colors etc. are of a very high technical standard. To me personally however, this movie is much too dark and depressing for my taste.
I cannot say that I am surprised that the movie is dark. The first movie was a rather dark one after all and this one is a truly post-apocalyptic one. I quite liked the first movie despite its dark setting though. However this one takes the darkness and melancholy to an entirely new level.
As I said before, technically the movie is great. The scenery is stunning whether it is a dirty little hut out in the badlands or the equally dirty vast cityscapes. The scenes of the abandoned city where Decker is (re)introduced is sad but beautiful.
The acting is more or less great from all the main characters and the special effects are very well done and just right to fit with the rest of the movie.
Unfortunately I cannot bring myself to give it more than 3 out of 5 stars. It has nothing to do with the quality of the film but a lot to do with my personal taste which of course is reflected in my ratings.
Loved it! Definitely wish i could have watched it in theaters!
Amazing, every scene is a piece of art
It's been a while since I saw the first one but this movie does a fairly good job of following the original. It answers some of the unanswered questions from the first movie. There's new questions in the race to find answers. And yet, it just wasn't wholly satisfying. The overall drama is fairly similar, and while there's some new drama, it wasn't that exciting or original. More than anything, I think all the hype had me expecting too much.
As a huge fan of the original (I have it in three of the available versions), I loved everything about this one except for the poor editing, which left in too much padding by allowing some scenes to go on for too long, which slowed the pacing far too much. Sometimes less is more, and 30 minutes or so of this one should have been left on the cutting room floor or saved as a DVD extra.
This was a very well made movie and a lot better than anticipated for me. Although, without seeing the first one it would have been very difficult to understand what's going on.
looks good great actors should be good they know how to get good flix
One of the now pretty rare movies without focusing on sex or brutality most of the time. It has a really deep and packing story, and a constant interesting atmosphere. It somehow shows how bad the taste of the majority got today, because of its comparedly bad rating. It is worth atleast 8/10.
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Gorgeous, satisfying sequel. The best kind of sequel, one that can stand on its own, with its own stuff to say. The narrative is kind of a derailment from the original, but that's okay, as this works as just another story told in this universe, with some carry-over themes. It's great sci-fi. What is a soul? Is it even important?
It’s going to have to grow on me, like the first one.
Different than previous movie yet worth the watch and interesting
That was a horrible ending.
1 / 2 directing & technical aspect1 / 1 story0 / 1 act I0 / 1 act II1 / 1 act III1 / 1 acting1 / 1 writing0 / 1 originality0 / 1 lasting ability to make you think
0 / 1 misc
5 out of 10
great movie, a real sci-fi in nowdays
If you liked the style of the first one but thought it needed to be more dingy, then this one's for you.
With Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford at the helm.... I'm counting on this to be a winner
Words can't express how excited I am for this. Bring on October.