Release Date: Oct 6, 2017
Run Time: 2 hours 43 minutes
After Credit Scene: NO
IMAX Viewing: YES
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 9.1 out of 10
A Non-Spoiler Review
Blade Runner 2049: “A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.” This is the sequel to the 1982 film, Blade Runner. At the time the original came out, it was not well received but has since come to be a cult classic. There have been a few revisions to the original (The Directors Cut and The Final Cut), neither change the true narrative of the film. We now have Blade Runners still working on “retiring” replicants in a world that hasn’t changed much. Although you don’t need to have seen the original film to enjoy 2049, I highly encourage it because it will offer the viewer a better experience.
What works: A very strong story that stands on its own without the backstory of the original movie. Outstanding visual effects. You are brought right back into the world of Blade Runner and you are never really pulled out of it throughout the film. The soundtrack feels just like the original. The IMAX experience is very fitting for the visual and sound effects and I’m certain that the huge scope of this world is enhanced with seeing it in IMAX. With the advancement of special effects, the world if a far more believable place. The movie isn’t fixated on the special effects, it really stands by the characters allowing the story to unfold and the effects take a backseat throughout most of the film. The acting was excellent. I cannot recall seeing Harrison Ford play a role this well in a very long time. Ryan Gosling also is excellent although I this role isn’t such a stretch for him emotionally, but you’ll love him none the less. For this guy, the beautiful women in the film were captivating. Robin Wright (she just doesn’t age), Ana de Armas (those eyes pull you in) and Sylvia Hoeks (simply beautiful) all are excellent actors and provide outstanding performances. Each have strong female characters to play and do so very convincingly. Dave Bautista stretches his acting legs a bit and I believe that this is his best role yet. Jarod Leto plays such a good villain and truly owns his character, although villain may not be the correct term to describe him.
What doesn’t work: I worry that those who are not fans of the original or have not seen the original will feel the movie moves too slowly. There are moments of action, but it is the story that builds up to the final act. I wanted more screen time for Dave Bautista and Jarod Leto, it could be that some of their footage hit the cutting room floor due to the length of the film, but I enjoyed them so much I wanted more screen time.
Those who review the film have a hard time doing it without giving anything away. The reason is that the plot may give away too much. I too want the viewer to go into the theater and enjoy it so I’m only going to say that fans will get answers to questions they have pondered and debated. Everyone who likes a quality scifi story will get just that. This if the first time I’ve seen a special IMAX opening intro (you know, that IMAX surround sound promotion we see at the beginning of each movie) that was specific to Blade Runner 2049. That really had me primed for the movie to begin.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Blade Runner 2049 a 9.1. It is worth seeing in IMAX and in any theater. Be sure to grab a popcorn combo and use the restroom before the movie starts. You won’t want to leave your seat at any point of the film.
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