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½ September 21, 2018
Horrible! Very little meaning to story aside from presenting us to an artificial world of total control by a fascist regime with life and societyreduced to a mere and superficial function of existence. The movie, after close to three hours leaves you wondering why I wasted any time watching something of so little depth for close to three hours when this could have been compressed to 80min. Beyond disappointing - a true let down. Not something I would recommend to anyone, really. For a movie that made so much a mystery of its plot and reveal absolutely nothing of significance in the end, I don't see any true value in casting such a vain story line - one that will without a doubt pass for one of the memorable disappointment of my life. With a great cast, the potential was certainly for it to be a success; unfortunately, that was not to be the case.
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½ September 19, 2018
Ridley Scott's fingerprints are all over this; the atmosphere generated reminded me of the movie Prometheus. Plotting was terrific. Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling are both heartbreaking in it.
September 17, 2018
Visually stunning. A worthy follow-up of the original
September 17, 2018
Honestly disappointed. It's nearly impossible to match the original, that's obvious, and this does a very good work visually, but it's the story that lacks any depth. Sure you throw in the original "who's human and who's a replicant?" kind of mystery, but everything else is totally ordinary. You know from the start that Ryan Gosling is the good guy and the secretary lady (or whatever) and Jared Leno are the "bad guys", there are no layers that need to be analized or interpreted, everything is put there since the first moment, as a consequence lots of situations brings no surprises or emotions. There is no darkness, no questions open to interpretation, no ethical issues, it's flat. And please stop bringin back Harrison Ford in any goddamned "sequels" of everything, he's almost 80 now...
½ September 14, 2018
This is one of the most boring movies I have ever witnessed I physically and mentally had to make an account just to make sure someone knew how awful this film is
September 13, 2018
A remarkable movie. I didn't like every plot of dialogue choice that was made, but the cinematography is mind-blowing. Great acting. Must-see.
September 12, 2018
This 2017 American science fiction film is not entirely original, and it is sometimes contrived and predictable. It is also not a visually pretty film, being often grey (or orange), dark, wet, and gloomy. But it does have solid performances and a decent story-line, which kept me interested, most of the time. Perhaps it is just a little too long.
½ September 12, 2018
A throwback I could have done without, dragged a bit too much for me
½ September 11, 2018
Not worth the 2 and a half hours...
They drag the story on forever, almost fell asleep during, and I udually don't fall asleep with movies I haven't seen before...
There is hardly any action...
If I remember correctly it doesn't do the 1982 any justice, I Wil re-watch that and make a review...
½ September 11, 2018
A stunning masterpiece of photography and visual FX. Static frames, low-key scenes, loud action - virtually every shot is priceless, perfectly conceived and executed, as is the music. The script is very well-written too, although at almost 3 hours one does get the feeling of "style over substance" here and there. For better or worse, this is clearly a different "Blade Runner": very slow-burning, with only a handful of (orgasmic) action scenes among the constant atmosphere and intriguing story.
September 10, 2018
Movie was visually appealing. Some great shots and sounds. My critique is that at times movie pace was slow and the story line could have been a bit better.
September 10, 2018
For me, the "Blade Runner, 2049" was the most anticipated film of the year. Ditched the pair for first in session and in view I can say that the expectations are justified. We have the same old Blade Runner - the philosophy in the cyberpunk world of the future, which is accompanied by gorgeous visuals, sincavage sound and neon signs.

As a sequel, the tape looks incredibly well from the first minute it is visible that the project was a true fan of the original film. The atmosphere absorbs the head, the events stretch smoothly and slowly, which is a characteristic feature of the series and for many it is a minus (but not me). Despite the close relationship with the original, tape Villeneuve is sure to surprise and show something new. Almost completely disappeared aesthetics of film Noir, and instead proposed increased portion of action and a greater variety of locations, introduces viewers to the world of the future outside of big cities.

Speaking about the actors and their characters I would like to highlight Dave Batista, which was very little, but in such a short amount of screen time he managed to create a memorable and interesting way, the background which can be seen in the short prequel to "2048: Nowhere to run", filmed by Luke Scott. Also for a small fraction of the duration in time perfectly to reveal the characters of Jared Leto and Harrison Ford. The latter even in the joint scenes with the main character managed to pull the viewer's attention on himself his endless charisma. The Key Officer in the performance of Ryan Gosling is ambiguous. In General, the role of the canadian classic - Ryan plays silent maloemotsionalny young people with a sad look, and in this film it is also due to the peculiarities of the character.

There were, of course, and without the drawbacks. For me, the obvious shortcomings of steel sagging narrative at the end of the first hour timekeeping, small, slow, even compared to the original tape, not until the end of the open arches of the characters (mostly Wallace), as well as the soundtrack. He, of course, good, Hans Zimmer as always on top, but still a new "Running" lacks the charm that gave the tracks by Vangelis, composer of the first part. But none of these minuses can not name at least serious, why the impressions of the paintings remain very positive.

Done a great job with the material, the technical side of the film is just beyond praise and deserves at least Oscar nominations for the soundtrack, visual effects and cinematography. A worthy continuation of the classic, which once again proved to everyone that Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors of our day.
September 7, 2018
I think the first Blade Runner film was overrated. It's not bad by any means, it's remained in the cultural consciousness for a reason. But the reason for that in my eyes is the design. The way the city looks, the dank and dark lighting, the creepy humanoid animatronics and replicants, the haunting score. The world looks so cool an interesting in that movie. Unfortunately when you actually go and watch it again it doesn't hold up that well. The romance is creepy, consent absent form the love scene. It doesn't really explore its own theme of if robots can be people very well, the most compelling discussion to be had on that topic is in the what ifs the movie inspires, rather than the actual content. And I also just don't think the main antagonist makes much sense. He kills indiscriminately, he's a monster, but we're supposed to suddenly care when he spares one life? Bah. Anyway. This movie. Blade Runner 2049 is better than the original. The world is back, the amazing atmosphere, the music. It's a little less grimy than the original, but it also feels like the world has progressed. It's not all the same future-tech. In the years since the first story they have advanced and it makes the transition smooth. Making the protagonist definitively a replicant was a great move, really allows the entire film to ask whether androids dream of electric sheep and all that. Each element of the movie balances a really well constructed mystery, as well as all of the ideas making K wonder if he matters. The whole cast is stellar, except for Jared Leto, who somehow managed to get his name on the poster for turning in two scenes of hammy, out of place villain acting. It's a really compelling movie, and a kind of sci-fi that we don't see on the big screen very often. Highly recommended.
½ September 7, 2018
Me parece una película tétrica con una historia que no avanza.
September 6, 2018
Very well done and well thought. A few twists as to where it was heading give it value. Not lyrical and ground breaking like the first was. Replicants are much too perfect. Their imperfections of bodies and mind made the first much more intriguing and unpredictable.
September 4, 2018
A fantastic sequel to the original, Blade Runner 2049 combines beautiful visuals of the future with an intricate plot that will keep you interested from beginning to end. Like all great movies, you will have plenty to think about after you watch it.
September 4, 2018
There is nothing as natural than for movies to spawn sequels. As inevitably as cats have kittens, successful movies will have one or more sequels. In typical fashion the adage, 'strike while the iron is hot,' is applicable. The follow-up movie will usually be released while the initial buzz created by the original is still in effect, usually within two to five years. Lately, several immensely popular action franchises have been reignited even though the principal actor were returning after a couple of decades absence. It remains a significant discrepancy between men and women in Hollywood, but the shelf-life of action heroes has been greatly extended. Last year one of the most controversial, enigmatic cult science fictions received a sequel, 'Blade Runner.' The original film, 'Blade Runner' was a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick, released in 1982. That film rose to a level beyond a mere cult classic, through the highest echelon of Sci-Fi fandom to a zeitgeist-defining cultural phenomenon. It is far from unusual for a major studio movie to have numerous versions, sifted through and re-edited by the filmmaker to achieve the final product. Elaborate DVD and Blu-ray sets released becoming cherished collector's items. 'Blade Runner' has enjoyed this venerated status for decades, and with the conclusion open to interpretation, many fans have hoped for a sequel. It took longer than most believed possible but thirty-five years that immortal monologue atop the Bradbury Building, 'Blade Runner 2049' has arrived. Set in 'real time.' i.e., thirty-five years after the original fans rejoiced when it was announced that Harrison Ford would reprise his role joined by one of the most popular actors of his generation, Ryan Remolds. Not only has this near-mythical film been made but the cast is ideal.

One of the goals for the film set by director Denis Villeneuve was to venture beyond extending the dystopic Blade runner universe to expand it. The visual impact made by the original change the way the future was depicted. The streets were crowded, rain seems to be constant and the looming buildings festooned with gaudy, animated billboard advertisement. The opening shot of this film depicts a car, on autopilot as its occupant, K (Ryan Gosling), waking from a nap. The wide-open vista of this scene contrasted with the start of the original tells volumes without needing dialogue. Although the landscape is bright with the palette sliding from blues to orange, the overall feel remains desolate, bordering on despair. K is a Blade Runner whose mission is to retire outdated or rogue replicants. There was a long-standing debate as to whether Decker (Harrison Ford), was a replicant himself. K is unmistakably one of the advanced models. The distain displayed by his fellow officers calling him the ultimate pejorative for a replicant, skin job. A crucial piece of exposition is provided when K confronts his target. The replicant slated for retirement is one of the last of the old Nexus models. Before returning to headquarters. He found a box containing the remains of a female replicant who died during an emergency cesarean section. Against their design specifications, replication has somehow obtained the ability to reproduce sexually. When K reports his findings to his supervisor, Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright), who is concerned that if this fact became general knowledge, it would result in a panic that would result in the war pitting humans against replicants. Joshi orders K to locate and retire the child replicant. K's first destination is the Wallace Corporation, the successor to the inventor of the technology that replicants feasible, the now-defunct Tyrell Corporation, for help in identifying the maternal replicant. Through a thorough analysis of the DNA, it is determining that the sample belonged to an advanced model replicant known as Rachael (Sean Young). She was the seductively beautiful replicant who became involved with the original old school Blade Runner, Rick Deckard. Playing into the perennial favorite plot motivation, corporate greed is naturally infused as Wallace CEO Neander Wallace (Jared Leto) wants to discover the secret to replicant reproduction placing market share, profits and technological monopoly above any concern for the safety of humanity.

K has a holographic girlfriend, Joi (Ana de Armas), who is formed using a projector on a free moving armature mounted on the ceiling. Besides basic companionship, Joi is capable of synthesizing rather substantial insight. When K discusses seeing a date '6-10-21' carved in the trunk of a tree, he recognizes it as a childhood memory. In talking to Joi, he realizes that since replicant memories are artificial, Joi suggests he might have been born. This exploits a narrative device of plot convergence. The idea of replicant reproduction careering towards the origin story of the principal protagonist. This ignites K's curiosity motivating his search of the LAPD leading to the discovery an unusual set of twins born on that date. K's investigation has the added benefit of providing details about the process used to manufacture replications. Crucial to the process is the creation of the artificial memories, fans always knew the existed, but now the audience is introduced to Dr. Ana Stelline (Carla Juri), a designer of replicant memories. There is no sense of contrivance as this new information seamlessly infused crafting a film that is satisfying to the most diehard fan of the original.

To be fully accepted by the fans a sequel is required to receive some indication that the new installment is 'blessed' confirming its status as canon. The fan could never accept this movie if Harrison Ford were not included in the primary cast the project would have been dead on arrival. This applies in general but after returning to his signature role, Indiana Jones and Hans Solo, after a considerable amount of time. His presence validates the movie permitting it to create its narrative. Instead of immediate dismissal 'Blade Rubber 22049' is the movie fans have been anticipating for thirty-five years. The theme of the story was unencumbered these ancillary concerns. Expanding some of the psychosocial questions raised by Philip K. Dick in his novel, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' the question under consideration is among the most ancient, what does it mean to be human? The defining qualities of humanity have been pounded by religions, philosophers, and storytellers since people first gathered around a fire at night questioning the unknowable fabric of nature. This has been one of the most popular topics in science fiction often viewed through the prism of robots and later androids. With the growing concerns over the singularity, public attention has intensified. Over the intervening thirty-five years, sentient artificial beings have gone from our conjecture to the realm of possibility. This was the perfect time for this film. Pragmatically, Mr. Ford is 75 years old and plans to extend too far in the future would not be feasible. From a narrative perspective, the singularity is a hot topic, the subject of intense sustaining in the hallow halls of academia in disciplines encompassing quantum physics, computer science, and sociology. Having the replicants gain the ability to autonomously reproduce an intrinsic quality necessary to define life, at the lowest possible level.

As a bonus surprise, Edward James Olmos reprises his role as the enigmatic Gaff. Over the years Mr. Olmos has grown from a highly sought-after journeyman character to an A-List artist capable of incredibly nuanced performances. Addition of an actor of this caliber helps in providing the gravitas to the film necessary of rising to the intricacies inherent in the themes, so many sequels, particularly those overly delayed, are little more than the studio executives seeking to pad the year-end profit report. There is a literary impetus behind the creation of this movie, a genuine need to return to the story that has been with many of us for most of our adult lives. As with any worthy discussion of depth and meaning, this portion of the story raised more question than an answer. It should give the next generation something of substance to consider.
½ September 3, 2018
Thoroughly engrossing, visually outstanding and emotionally resonant.
½ September 3, 2018
I got exactly what I expected from this film (and exactly what I enjoyed about the first one); a dark, calculated, intelligent, beautiful movie with intermittent moments of action and surprises.
September 2, 2018
Roger Deakins is a GOD.
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