Expectations are high for the 30-year-in-the-making sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The film was highly advanced for its time when it came out making it one of the tent poles of sci-fi films. Surprisingly, despite its smart plot and visually stunning imagery, it did not immediately receive the success it deserves. Unfortunately, it appears that the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is experiencing the same. I, for one, is a fan of Denis Villeneuve’s work at the sequel, and let me list down some of the reasons why you should see Blade Runner 2049.
Of course, touching the story of a great film such as Blade Runner is such a risky move for several reasons. One of which is it that the original is good on its own. Another is, do it wrong and there will be millions of fans worldwide bashing, or even, boycotting the film. In this period where early reactions are spread worldwide, it can immensely affect the performance of a film.
Lucky for Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve captured the essence of the film, expanded it, and created a visual spectacle. The plot continues 30 years after the events of the original movie with Replicants still being hunted by Blade Runners. This time, however, Wallace took over the production of enhanced replicants from Tyrell. It’s all smooth from here until K learned about a miracle in the technology. It was not long before he found himself looking for a born replicant.
Spectacle and Story
At the very core, Blade Runner 2049 is a strong philosophical film about a character finding meaning for his existence. There could have been more to it but it barely scratched the surface, leaving the viewers wanting for more. Despite that, Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins created a visually stunning film filled with spectacular imagery. The framing and use of lights and shadows resulted in breathtaking scenes. Hans Zimmer, Johann Johannsson, and Benjamin Wallfisch contributed to the film’s powerful soundtrack which emphasized the neo-noir vibe of the film.
Blade Runner 2049 is not a film for all. With its intelligent script and vision, not everyone will like it. The slowness of it all may be a turn-off to some but there is actually an underlying beauty to it. Villeneuve did not rush things up in the film but instead lets them simmer right in front of the viewers. Go for the spectacle and brilliance that the film has to offer. It will keep your brain running, making you forget about its nearly 3-hour running time! Also, please see it in IMAX, if possible! It will blow you away.