BLADE RUNNER 2049 Columbia Pictures

Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

Written by Russell Reynolds

A cyberpunk, noir thriller with an immersive world that draws you in for a philosophical two-and-a-half hours. BLADE RUNNER 2049 is set up differently from the blockbusters and tentpoles that dominate the charts. Many films stick with a method of telling you the story, as opposed to BLADE RUNNER 2049’s method of letting the story tell itself. It’s quite a feat to faithfully recreate a futuristic world which Ridley Scott brought to life. Being drawn into such a world that’s been around since before I was born was especially unique.

Any young aspiring sci-fi enthusiast would be compelled to find out more about this “new” and awesome world that they’ve been introduced to here.

At the helm are Agent “K” (Ryan Gosling) and the returning Deckard (Harrison Ford.) Wallace Corp is essentially the new Tyrell Corp, led by a CEO named Niander Wallace (Jared Leto,) and they’re looking to expand their workforce any way they can. The trailers give you just enough to enter the theater interested. Ryan Gosling exceeded expectations with his portrayal of a blade runner who’s job is second nature to him – until a new assignment throws him on a ride that is the film itself. Ford returns to the universe more as a new character; more as a changed man than as his detective role in the seminal BLADE RUNNER film from 1982. Leto’s character has very little introduction apart from what we’ve all seen in the YouTube shorts leading up to the film’s release; setting up his character as well as the film’s plot points.

From start to finish, viewers will have entered a world that feels as real and as eerily awesome as Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner film did. The cinematography is stunning and enchanting enough to make the film’s long running time worth it. The iconic sounds of the future mirror that of those from the original film, enhancing this film’s eerie soundtrack.

The writing is such that perhaps it would’ve been easier to understand the film’s plot by having read it as a book, and yet the subtlety of the story and it’s progression is certainly something for the devoted Blade Runner fan. Blade Runner 2049 was a faithful recreation of the world that Phillip K. Dick created. If you’re seeking a cinematic experience that uses Cyberpunk themes to stand out in the sci-fi crowd, this is one worthwhile film.

[Editor’s Note:  The soundtrack is splendid background music for the painting of miniatures.]