“Blade Runner 2049” Review: A Grounded, Visually Stunning Sci-Fi Drama

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017) Review
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Expanding its scope and introducing its “replicants” to the 21st Century, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is an eye-pleasing, fairly written sci-fi drama.

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. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Every frame, every scene, are beautifully shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins and show detailed look of its setting. Best seen in the IMAX screens, the story is built not only through the characters but also through its surroundings. The mystery exists until the end and you’re somehow part of unfolding it.

Ryan Gosling, with Ana de Armas gives the film the romance angle ala-Spike Jonze’s “Her.” And you can feel the longing for love, the longing for comfort from someone, it’s sad and at the same time relatable. While Harrison Ford will make the fans and those new to the story excitement for his role thirty years after the original.

Blade Runner 2049 plants details that lead to a huge climax which makes every minute worth seeing. It also boast visually stunning pictures from start to finish that makes it impossible not to be glued to the screen. Denis Villeneuve did not disappoint in creating or rather expanding the Blade Runner universe. It’s drama is fairly done but the main attraction here is its cinematography.

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4.5 stars

“Blade Runner 2049” is now showing in cinemas and IMAX Theatres nationwide from Columbia Pictures. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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