Blade Runner 2049 is an exceptional Science-Fiction epic
By James McCraw
In the future police officers known as Blade Runners are sworn to hunt down and exterminate humanoid androids known as Replicants who have discovered a way to feel emotions and go away from their original programming as laborers. Thirty years ago, director Ridley Scott and actor Harrison Ford showed us this future, set in the year 2019.
This year, director Denis Villeneuve and actor Ryan Gosling brought us a new vision of the future, set 30 years after the events of the first film.
The plot of this direct sequel is pretty simple. A series of events lead Gosling's Officer K to discover the hiding place of Ford's Deckard from the first film. The movie is about making choices to find yourself and what choices you make in order to do the right thing.
The subplots are what really show the filmmaking process. Each act (there's three overall) has a subplot or character arc that leads to the overall plot. Gosling's quest for discovery eventually leads to the climax of the film, which to me, after almost two and a half hours, seemed rushed and not thought out.
24th October 2017