Movie Review – Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” – Roy Batty

The long awaited sequel to the 1980s sci-fi classic, “Blade Runner” is here.  BQB here with a review, 3.5 replicants.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, “Officer K” a replicant who serves LAPD as a blade runner, has stirred up quite a controversy.  Specifically, during a routine replicant retirement, he discovers that years ago, a female replicant gave birth to a baby.

This is not good news for humans, who want replicants to serve only as slaves.  While Roy and the gang did cause some mischief in the last film, ever so creepy scientist Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) has bought out the Tyrell Corporation and bred a new generation of flawlessly subservient replicants.

But the older, more free-spirited models remain and Madame (Robin Wright), the head of the LAPD’s anti-replicant unit, wants any and all older models retired.  The idea that replicants could reproduce is frightening, so she puts K on the assignment.

Along the way, K’s investigation puts him into some buddy cop shenanigans with Deckard (Harrison Ford) the original blade runner from the first film.

So, here’s the deal.  The first film was a sci-fi legend because it was sleek, stylish, and catered to a more mature sci-fi nerd.  Wookies and laser swords (Star Wars had just come out at the time) were all well and good, but this was the thinking man’s nerd movie.

Further, the movie posed a lot of questions about the value of life – how short it is, how people end up being what society wants them to be rather than who they want to be, whether it is possible for synthetic lifeforms to be made, if they are made, would they have a soul and of course, as Batty points out, how life seems like a waste if one day all your memories will be gone.

This film is a treat.  In many ways, it does retain that early 1980s serious sci-fi vibe.  It’s dark and brooding.  There’s more 50-foot tall hologram advertising models.  Frankly, the idea of a hologram girlfriend that does your bidding sounds awesome (those are normal height).

Is it as good as the original?  Does it replace it?  No and no, but it’s a fun time and it doesn’t damage the original.

It is a time commitment, coming in at roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes.  Honestly, I held off on seeing it because I needed a day when I’d have 3 hours without someone bothering me and today was it.  I had to watch it in shifts, I’d watch an hour, then go do something, etc.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.

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