Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Bioengineered humans never looked so good in 35 years. 6/10

R | 2h 43min | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 6 October 2017 (USA)

A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Hampton Fancher (screenplay by), Michael Green (screenplay by) | 2 more credits ยป
Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas | See full cast & crew

The director of Arrival made this film and I can’t help but ask myself why he was selected. For me, that pseudo space film was really just a memory and tme travel rehash mix if several other films. He definitely did a satisfactory job with the “Blade Runner” sequel but his convoluted plot became a bit of an uninteresting guessing game. The original film was much more simple and straight ahead action. Maybe I’m just nostalgic.

This has a gang of actors that grace the screen. I think the casting was pretty good. When you consider Rutger Hauer’s powerful performance in the original, you know they had big shoes to fill. Harrison Ford is here. He’s not all that remarkabke and it take him near forever to show up in the plot. Ryan Gosling is “K” a cop/replicant who retires older models. Gosling is by far the best performance. There is one scene with LUV and Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) where a glass is squeezed and shattered that I found especally good on both their parts.

I could describe the plot in detail, I do on my podcast the DRP. Still, I find it veering hither and to. It’s way too complicated I think. I sort of wish they would have got a more straight ahead storyteller for a director and kept the story simpler. It involves a baby made through the relations of Sean Young’s character Rachel and Harrison Ford’s Deckard character. They call it a miracle. Factions want the baby so they fight to get to it her him. See waht I mean? A little out there.

My favorite scenes were the naked women statues in the Las Vegas Ruins. It was like Rome trying to look like Rome and falling like Rome. After the shootings last week, it’s almost chilling to think about. How fragile we are.

It was alright. I won’t be recommending it. Still, I know the fan base (like myself) will go so I don’t feel bad. I’ll be on Talking Stars next week discussing the fim on a panel. Not sure how much I may warm up to the film, though it has happened before. This is a long movie that only the very curious will be able to tolerate. Fortunately for the “franchise” (2 movies 35 years apart) Andriods do dream of electric sheep.

6/10

Author: Damien Riley

Hopelessly devoted to movies from way back when I first saw "Pete's Dragon." In 1977, it sealed the deal when I saw "Star Wars." I write about the movies I see, whether I like them or not. Sometimes I like them more than words can express! Thanks for checking out my movie reviews!

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