Review of BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)


Just like its predecessor, the 1982 science fiction classic, 2017's BLADE RUNNER 2049 didn't perform so well at the box office---at least in terms of today's studio expectations for such an expensive production. It is nevertheless a great film, a worthy sequel to the original, and some might even call it superior to the original BLADE RUNNER in some ways.


It is difficult to discuss this movie without revealing any spoilers. There are plenty of twists and turns, and I always try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible. Therefore, I will only lightly touch on the plot.


 Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a replicant (a bio-engineered human) who works for the Los Angeles police department, hunting down malfunctioning replicants who have strayed from their purpose---which is to basically be slave labor in human society. While investigating the discovery of the remains of Rachel (Sean Young), a replicant who featured prominently in the original film, K finds out that she died while giving birth, which shows that replicants can reproduce sexually, which was long considered impossible. Now, the powers-that-be fear that if this knowledge comes out, it could lead to a war between humans and replicants.


There is a lot going on in this movie, and some surprises. And Harrison Ford reprises his role of Rick Deckard. The visuals are often breathtaking and spectacular, showing us a post-apocalyptic nightmarish landscape which is darkly poetic. It's a movie which any sci-fi buff needs to see.


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