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.

What We Thought:

Before the screening of Blade Runner 2049 started the publicist hosting the screening had to make an announcement from director Denis Villeneuve asking those in attendance not to spoil any surprises or twists in the movie when talking about or reviewing his film. If you’ve seen any trailers for the movie then there’s really only one big surprise and they give that away five minutes into the film. Other than that, the movie is exactly what you expect. Well maybe not exactly what you expect because I walked out disappointed in it.

When I walked out I was asked what I thought of the movie. I shrugged and said “Meh”. That is the best word that comes to mind. There are a lot of great things about the movie, but it’s also very disappointing. When I walked out of The Force Awakens I felt like a child again. I walked out of this thinking I wasted almost 3 hours of my life.

That’s the biggest issue with the film, it’s way too long. I’m not a stickler to “Movies shouldn’t be longer than 2 hours”, but if you are going to be almost 3 hours long, you better entertain me. There is a lot that could be cut from the movie that would make it an easier watch. There are a lot of shots that are beautiful to look at, but serve no real purpose other than looking beautiful. Jared Leto’s character could be completely cut from the film as well. His assistant could easily be his character at the same time. He only has a couple of scenes and they do nothing other than show us that hey Jared Leto is in this movie.

It does have some positives. The score is good and feels like the original movie. The look is good and again, feels like the original film. Ana de Armas impressed me. I’ve enjoyed her work for the past few years and this will push her even more. You always get a good performance from Ryan Gosling. Harrison Ford’s grumpiness is actually appropriate even if it takes almost 2 hours to get to that part. Robin Wright is always good and I liked the attempt at the storyline. It is 100% a sequel to Blade Runner, but does come up with its own storyline.

I like the original Blade Runner. I don’t think it’s the masterpiece others do and I haven’t seen it in years. I was going to rewatch it after seeing Blade Runner 2049, but now I don’t think I want to. The sequel just didn’t do much for me. It is pretty and loud, but it’s not genre changing or defining. The early reviews for it make me question their authenticity because I don’t know how anyone can love it. It’s fine and if you are a fan you should see it, but it didn’t change my life or blow my mind. This version should probably be the director’s cut on 4K and not what’s going out to theaters. The theatrical cut should be a more trimmed/watchable pace that ends after 135 minutes. Unless fanboys go see it multiple times, I think the film disappoints at the US box office.

Cast and Crew:

  • Ryan Gosling
  • Harrison Ford
  • Ana de Armas
  • Sylvia Hoeks
  • Robin Wright
  • Mackenzie Davis
  • Lennie James
  • Dave Bautista
  • Jared Leto
  • Denis Villeneuve

Recommended If You Like:

  • Blade Runner
  • Arrival
  • Science Fiction Films

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