Blade Runner 2049
Release Year: 2017
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Hampton Fancher (screenplay & story), Michael Green (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (based on characters from his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Hiam Abbass, MAckenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Edward James Olmos, Wood Harris, Lennie James, Dave Bautista
Rating: Won 2 Oscars: Bet Cinematography, Best Visual Effects. Nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design. Won 1 Saturn Award: Best Science Fiction Film. Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards: Best Director, Best Writing, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Supporting Actor (Harrison Ford), Best Supporting Actress (Ana de Armas), Best Production Design, Best Make-Up, Best Special Effects.
The young blade runner K (Ryan Gosling) uncovers a long buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for 30 years.
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, cast a long shadow over the field of sci-fi movies, espiially in terms of the visual look of a metropol of the future. So this long awaited sequel was highly anticipated, especially as Harrison Ford returned to play his iconic character Rick Deckard. However, Blade Runner 2049 stands very much on its own two feet, and a cursory knowledge of the first film will tell you what you need to know to watch it. Villeneuve (Arrival, 2016) certainly delivers when it comes to visuals: the film is truly stunning to look at, even more so than the first Blade Runner. But the visuals are not the only thing worh mentioning. Gosling (Drive, 2011) gives a wonderful performance as blade runner K, who is tasked with hunting down rogue androids and “taking them out”. He has a great ability to express a lot with very little, which suits the mood of the film extremely well. Overall it is a masterfully crafted science fiction film, beautiful to look at and with a good story, but it is somewhat on the slow side, and if stunning sound and images as well as subtle acting is not your idea of a good sci-fi movie, you might want to skip this one.
David Bowie was director Denis Villeneuve’s first choice to play Niander Wallace, but he died before shooting began. The part was then offered to Jared Leto, who has a double career in rock music and film making like Bowie.
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