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Blade Runner 2049
Academy Award® Winner
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos....  View more >

Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Oct 6, 2017
A masterpiece of Science Fiction, BLADE RUNNER 2049 is the must see theater experience of the fall!

Check out my full thoughts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stXuN-CSxbg
Oct 12, 2017
"Blade Runner:2049" is better than the 1982 movie "blade Runner,"but better than that, it takes Science fiction to a new level. the 1982 version has Los Angeles looking like Tokyo and years later, the city was portrayed a dark mysterious and threatening. the city has plenty of holgrams, some of them pops up in Ryan Gosling's apartment. Gosling played a Blade Runner who's out capture older replicants while newer ones became part of society. After discovery a secret inwitch involves him he went to Las Vagas to track down one of the original blade runners played again by Harrison Ford. Both the story line and the direction by Denis Villenbavue, the director of "Arrival" and the cinematography and the special effects are all first rate. If you come for the movie you will thrilled by the story and the special effects.
Oct 16, 2017
An audio/visual masterpiece, Blade Runner 2049 does everything a great sequel should.

-Expand upon the world-building
-Introduce new and interesting characters
-Revisit old favorites without rehashing
-Make you want to go back and rewatch the previous film in a new light

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best of 2017 so far.
Feb 5, 2018
The original Blade Runner has a bit of a cult following that certainly exceeded its initial success when it was released in 1982. That's one of the great things about home video; movies can be rediscovered and appreciated even if you missed them during their short theatrical runs.

I admit that while I enjoyed the original movie, I was never a huge fan. It was good, but not a movie I would sit down and rewatch plenty of times. That makes me a bit of a soft target for the sequel, but I found myself wanting to see this movie in theaters. Life got in the way and that didn't happen, but when it was released on home video, I added it to my Netflix disc queue.

Sequels are a mixed bag, and very few match the original and even fewer surpass the one that came before. The originality usually isn't there, and often-times, the movie just seems to cash in on the goodwill purchased by the first movie, and you're left wondering afterward why they (and you) bothered.

However, some sequels are a pleasant surprise, and Blade Runner 2049 is one of them. It captures the atmosphere and tone of the original while going in its own direction. It brings back characters from the first without depending upon them to carry the entire story. Harrison Ford's Deckard doesn't show up for a really long time, but you're not left impatiently waiting for him to appear because following Ryan Gosling's Joe is interesting all by itself.

I read some reviews that complained about the movie being too long. At two hours and 43 minutes, it is long, but I never grew impatient with it. It is slow in some parts, but I found that part of its appeal, not a detriment. Not every movie has to play out like a Transformers movie, where if something doesn't blow up every 30 seconds, the lack of a plot becomes too hard to handle.

The visuals alone in this movie are fascinating. Roger Deakins deserves the Oscar for Cinematography, whether he gets it or not. The world built in the original is expanded upon with great effect by using the latest in technical wizardry, but still gives you the feeling that something like what we see here could happen. The sound is incredible, as this ranks as one of the few movies that really use Atmos speakers successfully. Hans Zimmer tips his hat to Vangelis, while still making the score his own. It may be a little overpowering and electronic, but if you've seen the original, it makes perfect sense.

On top of the visuals and the sound, the movie delivers a few statements about what it means to be an individual that is worthy of having rights, much like the first one. Just because something has been created, does that mean it can never be considered "real" in some sense? Can you have a meaningful relationship with a virtual being? Can you feel sadness if you lose that relationship?

As you can tell, I came away very impressed by this movie. I don't know if I would purchase it and watch it again any time soon, but I admire what was put on the screen by everyone involved and I think it is well worth watching, and for those reasons, I'm giving it a "See Now!" rating.

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