‘Blade Runner 2049’ reconnects series to roots

October 21, 2017


Roderic Lloyd

Staff Reporter | rsl010@latech.edu


Blade Runner 2049 Rating – Three of Five Stars


“Blade Runner 2049,” a sequel to the original film “Blade Runner,” premiered Oct. 6 with great anticipation from a longtime avid fan base.


The cinematic prowess within this film was on display from the opening scene. The film’s landscape panned out into endless amounts of deserted land filled with pollution, so much so that it was often impossible to differentiate figures from the smog. It provided an introspective peek into the life of a “blade runner,” a machine-based replicant human and the secrets that lie within.


The actors portraying the lead characters, K (Ryan Gosling), and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) play their roles well but the plot and more importantly the ending, leaves a bit to be desired.


K is a modern day blade runner replicant designed to hunt and kill older rogue blade runners that were flawed with emotions. Rick is the most sought-after replicant because of the secrets he holds, defiant freedom he represents and life he created.


The film lacks a surefire antagonist, as K begun hunting rogue replicants but eventually found himself working alongside Rick searching for his own true identity and purpose because of what he believes is childhood memories sparked by an origami horse. I found it awkward for a film with violence and action to lack an adversary to the greater good of a protagonist.


The creator of the modernized and more subservient replicants, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) came into the fold but never as a focal point or outright adversary to Rick or the replicant freedom movement. He only strived to acquire knowledge that could further his development of modernized replicants. Knowledge that could only come from the secret that he obliviously worked alongside, in Dr. Ana Stelline (Carla Juri).


It felt as if Wallace was only there to connect the backstory of this film to what had taken place in the original. A spotty placeholder in the role of what should be a villain.


Stelline, the daughter of Rick and Rachel (Sean Young), another replicant, was secretly birthed and hidden for 30 years. Stelline seemed to be the ultimate quest for all characters within the film but only appeared sporadically.


If you are in search for that exuberant action-packed film, “Blade Runner 2049” may come across as a bit of a disappointment. It implores a lot of scenes filled with high octane action and violence, but the visuals often provide more information than the characters and their place of importance in the film themselves. The lack of context or heightened involvement of Stelline and Wallace left holes in the films storyline.


“Blade Runner 2049” in my opinion employs a loose plot but is strengthened by great visuals. If you appreciate solid cinematography with a side of action then this is definitely a film for you.



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