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Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

Director: Denis Villeneuve

“Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

I make no secret to being a fan of cyberpunk in all its iterations. I drowned myself in William Gibson for a period of my life and never came back … I love the constantly evolving technology of these futuristic projections and Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner really did create a visual future-scape that nailed it way back in the eighties.

The most innovative thing about Blade Runner 2049 are the human qualities that this sequel brings. The original Blade Runner was possibly the first film to really dazzle an audience with the projections of our frenzied techno futures. This Blade Runner (2049) brings us a world where replicants have more human qualities ‒ sensitivity, thoughtfulness, hope, compassion ‒ than do their human owners, human beings apparently having been bastardized by their technologically determining world.

Wonderful concepts and two really beautiful scenes iced this movie cake for me. The first was the process of creating ‘memories’ for replicants, a truly poetic portrayal of childhood’s wonders as they are rendered for ‘implants’; the second was a sex scene that had more tenderness and love than any that I have seen on screen for some time.

Go see. Blade Runner 2049 is about 45 minutes too long but worth the wriggle.

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