So to clarify I haven’t watched the previous films, it’s not that I wasn’t intrigued, it’s just finding the time for a film you haven’t yet watched is difficult when you don’t know what you’re missing. Like always SPOILER WARNING!
So I was invited to go watch Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling (one of my favourite actors) and Harrison Ford (Also known as the One and only Han Solo).
Our Writer Ed described the plot of Blade Runner 2049 brilliantly, so I’ll let him take over for a second…
“The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s original neo-noir futuristic classic. There is a lot of pressure on this film, due to THE original having embossed its iconic mark on cinema history. Set thirty years after the original, Ryan Gosling plays a replicant hunter who, discovering an old secret that finds him tracking down his famous predecessor; Rick Deckard. This well-known iconic character is, of course, played by Harrison Ford, reprising one of his most famous roles. While to this day, there is no doubt that Villeneuve looks to have created something special, creating a film filled with Sci-Fi thrills and mystery. Judging from the trailer, he has nailed the dystopian aesthetic of the film’s predecessor, complete with what sounds like another incredible synth-based soundtrack, this time coming from composing heavyweight; Hans Zimmer. With Villeneuve at the helm, this film is in excellent hands, with critically acclaimed films such as Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival under his belt, we could have a modern day classic on the horizon”.
The film is based around finding this miracle (a child born from a bot, which should be impossible). If you’re waiting for Harrison Ford you will be waiting a good while, although there is a great pay off when you are finally introduced.
In my opinion, the Big Bad in this film wasn’t so much Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) but more his henchman Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) due to her having more screen time, whereas Leto appears for a total of 15-20 at most (the new model scene & capture scene). But this doesn’t take away from how much you dislike her for her aim, she shows no regrets except on one occasion where she kills a main character and you see a tear fall down her face. Whether this is because she regrets her actions or disliked the fact that they had to be killed was never made clear.
In my opinion, I think Gosling was perfect casting choice for the new Blade Runner, he was great in ‘The Nice Guys’ which was the perfect balance of humour and mystery. With Harrison Ford on top, you’re bound to have a winner combination.
The use of sound, effects and overall story were used to the point where it helped the film rather than overpower it, which I have seen many a film be guilty of before and usually it just looks like they’re compensating for lack of plot or bad acting.
There are many twists and turns with this film and providing you ride out the 164-minute journey, you’re evening is in good hands. The less you know about this film going in, the better.