Where are the ninjas hiding in my room, cutting onions all the time? Damn them!
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).
A slight disappointment on my side for this season ending for an otherwise phenomenal season. It didn't feel as deep and "just" made fun (in a proper intellectual way though) of politics. The existentialist crisis of beth was great though and found a proper ending.
Everything I wanted from a pilot and from this show. The next weeks will be great.
I wonder if the wishing well is a reference to Tarkovskys "Wishing Room" in Stalker. Because this episode deals mostly with all the themes discussed in the movie and gives it a more present and focused view. Great episode, more content in it than many seasons of other shows.
Deeply underappreciated movie, even after the price in Cannes. (only 100 votes right now). Sometimes a little bit too constructed, but it never fails to deliver strong symbolism to it's themes. If you're a fan of good Drama movies, watch it. If you want to understand some things about India, watch it. Just watch it, do yourself the favor.
The pinnacle of this TV show. How can they even top this amount of emotions? Only 4 to go..
Welp.. I puked a little. Worse than Theon in Game of Thrones, and this scene felt quite unnecessary to be honest. A little bit too much of gimmickry in my opinion in an already gorey season so far
Hoping for another season in some years from now.. WGN has cancelled Outsiders for now, but hopefully they'll find a new channel who is interested for season 3. This show deserves a fitting ending.
I didn't like the rebellion on tycho station. It felt way too rushed and unexplained, but maybe it was supposed to be that way (revolution based only on emotions? Way to risky, I guess)
Everything else: Top!
What the.. ? This episode was beyond crazy at the end. We all could think of all the endings, but did anyone think of this? How can someone call this awful? Imagine the possibilities for this story in the future. Venus inhabited by an Alien lifeform, Mars sees it as a thread, Earth maybe as a chance.. even more conflicts arising and more awesome storys to tell in this great universe.
It is really frightening for me to see how many of the people here see this as a happy ending.I guess technology and the hedonistic neoliberalism have found its way already into our minds.
Weren't you atleast concerned about the talk they had about people "doing everything to atleast feel something" in this sadomaso / groupsex facility? About 80-85% being already dead? About a huge technology company owning us even after our deaths? Just for the sake of hedonistic, fake emotions disguised as only what it is: binary codes?
This was, for me atleast, one of the darkest endings of any Black Mirror episode ever. It shows you exactly what the neoliberalistic idea has already done to us and will eventually still do in the future (and I thank the director and makers of Black Mirror so much for it! One of the best episodes of this show so far)
After a bit of a let down in season 3, I think this one is my favorite. So many good episodes and storylines twisted with actual meaningful world events. Great one! I hope for a fifth season.
One of the best episodes of this show so far. Almost like a Let's Play episode of DayZ.
Holy f***, that ending. Awesome documentary. Don't google about him, just watch it!