‘Blade Runner 2049’ Film Review: A Visual Masterpiece That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Sweat
There’s a saying of Native Americans that you become the wolf you feed. Director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) has the genius and the sensitivity to present the beauty and the beast in such strong scenes that they either bring tears to your eyes or send cold chills through your body. Sometimes he does both. He feeds both wolves, the good and the bad, with grace. He creates scenes in vivid images that make you forget the time but last in your memory for a lifetime.
In sci-fi thriller Blade Runner 2049, he joins forces with Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who we know from thrilling us with the shadow and the light in great movies such as A Beautiful Mind and The Shawshank Redemption, the latter known as holding the number one position on IMDb’s Top 250 Rated Movies list.
The result is a noir-soaked Los Angeles, alternating in warm and cold colors, creating a stunning, visual masterpiece. In addition, the haunting score captures you with the work of Benjamin Wallfisch (It) and Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk, Inception).
Blade Runner 2049 is considered a sequel to the 1982 cult classic, Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it. I haven’t. At least I don’t remember. The ’80s were blurry, the VHS tape was fuzzy, and the tube television’s speakers were distorted. I am sure, Harrison Ford, who acted the lead in the first one, doesn’t mind either. He can’t even remember Ryan Gosling’s name in his recent appearance on Graham Norton show.
In Blade Runner 2049, the plot revolves around a young blade runner, Ryan Gosling (La La Land, The Big Short), and his discovery of a long-buried secret. In the process, he has to find a former blade runner Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford. Ford is, of course, most famous for his role as Han Solo from the Star Wars series and the people of the ’80s remember him as the archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones in Steven Spielberg’s classic quadrilogy. While Ford, 75, delivers all that is needed, Blade Runner 2049 is Gosling’s best performance to date. We also get to enjoy the beauty of Finnish language in the presence of the Hollywood folk, when the Finnish actress, Krista Kosonen, delivers a few lines.
What is a blade runner, you ask? A blade runner is a police officer hired to eliminate replicants, who are basically bioengineered beings that look like humans. That’s all I can tell you.
I promised Denis to keep the rest of the story as a secret.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ premieres in cinemas October 6.