The first film I got to see in theatres in the U.K., was Blade Runner 2049. Out on 6th October, the film is a sequel to Blade Runner which released in 1982.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks in lead roles, the film follows the story of bioengineered humans integrated into the society. The storyline follows K, an LAPD officer, a replicant who lives with his holographic girlfriend.
I could go on about the story, but basically, K comes across a case where he begins to believe that the first replicant kid was hidden within the system and integrated as a new replicant. As the story develops, K begins to believe that he is the kid.
Well, SPOILER ALERT, in the end, it’s not him! So no, Ryan Gosling is not the special kid. And, SPOILER ALERT, the director implies that K dies in the end of the film. So maybe, we might not get to see Ryan Gosling if and when the next sequel comes out.
Okay, so having not seen the first movie before, I was a little lost when I got into the movie. Friends helped, and soon I understood. The sucky part though was that I almost fell asleep in the first hour and a half. Used to commercial breaks and with no snack to keep me awake, I barely managed to stay up. This was mainly due to how slowly the film progressed in the first half. The director, Denis Villeneuve, takes his time explaining, making sure that the audience understands what is actually happening. Making sure no one gets lost. As a consequence, the audience understands very well and at the same time, they definitely feel the drag.
But once everything has been explained, the movie picks up. And I must say, towards the end, the film has you sitting at the edge of your seats, completely engrossed in what is happening. I absolutely love the last half hour.
Cinematography, direction, 3D work, and the editing are spectacular.
The film is a definite see. I’d give it a 3.9/5.