Blade Runner 2049

Tags

, , , ,

“You’ve found the key to civilisation, and all it’ll cost you, it’s everything”

  • What is this movie about? blade_runner_twenty_forty_nine_ver4

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.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

we have waited 35 years for this movie. So either you watch it because you are a fan of the first one or you watch it because you are curious about what is going to happen/what is it about. And you want to watch it with your no replicant eyes. So please watch.

As the tittle itself explains, 30 years have gone by since the original Blade Runner movie; which was set in 2019, which is in 2 years time, and no one believes our world will be like that, but let’s get back on track. Year 2049 and we are presented with the same idea as before: replicants are being chased and now not only by humans but by other replicants that are aware of what they are.

Following Ryan Gosling’s K character we are drawn into a kind of police movie: while doing his duty, K discovers something that was hidden for 30 years and that might change the world, for real. While the movie carries on, we are presented with new characters like Joi, another AI that K is using as companion, which presents some of the greatest sci-fi scenes (like shown in the trailer) and Harrison Ford’s character also appears, as the movie poster gave away, and he is exactly like we remembered him but with some wrinkles. One cannot but feel nostalgic. Then the story starts to get complicated and deeper, and as in this kind of movies happens, the audience might have one theory about what is going on but it could not be that, and of course then there is the end, that like the original movie will make you keep thinking about it for a while after exiting the theatre.

We are presented with marvelous visual effects that are accompanied but a wonderful movie that it will remind you of “Arrival” the director previous work as the style is similar. Some of the visuals are really, really, fascinating, everything recalls the original movie but instead of having a dark filter it has a brighter one where the colours are more alive in contract with what the story is telling. The only down I might find in this movie is its length. Being almost 3 hours long you really feel it is that long, something that didn’t happen with the previous one, which was “only” 2 hours long. Some scenes are way too long and maybe unnecessary, but nonetheless they are beautiful.

This movie follows the canon of the director’s cut, so you better use your memory or either watch it again in order to savour all the tiny (and not so tiny) details that appear on this one. It is a really good movie that maybe we didn’t need at all but we are enjoying anyway.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– There are three short films made to fill the gap between ‘Blade Runner (1982)’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049 (2017)’. ‘Black Out 2022 (2017)’ is the first in the row, followed by ‘2036: Nexus Dawn (2017)’ and ‘2048: Nowhere to Run (2017)’. ‘Black Out 2022’ is made by anime director Shinichirô Watanabe, who is famous for his work on ‘Animatrix (2003)’ and ‘Cowboy Bebop (1998)’. ‘2036: Nexus Dawn’ and ‘2048: Nowhere to run’ are made by Luke Scott, who is known for his short films connected to ‘Alien: Covenant’ and ‘Prometheus’.

– With Ridley Scott having toyed with the edit of Blade Runner (1982) over the years, it is fair to ask which version would be considered “canon” going into the sequel. Denis Villeneuve replied by insinuating the follow-up may not be as much of a straightforward sequel as we thought: “The movie will be autonomous and at the same time there will be some link. The only thing I can say is I was raised with the original cut, the original version that Ridley doesn’t like. That’s the Blade Runner that I was introduced to at the beginning and that I loved for years, and then I must say that I appreciated the very last cut, the ‘Final Cut’ version. So between all the different cuts, for me it’s the first and the very last that I’m more inspired by.”

– While shooting a fight scene Harrison Ford accidentally punched Ryan Gosling in the face. As an apology to his costar Ford invited Gosling to share a bottle of scotch whiskey with him.

– The role of new Blade Runner Officer K was written specifically with Ryan Gosling in mind. He was the only choice for director Denis Villeneuve.

– David Bowie was Denis Villeneuve’s first choice for the role of Niander Wallace, but passed away before the start of the shooting.

–  According to the documentary Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner Ridley Scott had a totally different introduction in mind for Rick Deckard in the 1982 movie. In the end he choose the noodles scene on the street to first show Ford as ex-Blade Runner. 35 Years later director Denis Villeneuve used that exact unused scene in Blade Runner 2049 to introduce Ryan Gosling. It became the farm scene with the discovery of the tree.

– The opening scene in which K confronts Sapper Morton is a near exact remake of a scene written and storyboarded but never filmed for the original Blade Runner.

– In order to portray the blind character of Niander Wallace Jared Leto decided to fit himself with opaque contact lenses that made it impossible for him to see any thing.

– At 2 hours and 43 minutes, Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is 46 minutes longer than the original Blade Runner (1982) which ran 1 hour and 57 minutes long.

 

blade_runner_twenty_forty_nine_ver24_xlg.jpg

Advertisements

Atomic Blonde

Tags

, , ,

“I’m my own bitch now!”

  • What is this movie about? atomic_blonde

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

  • Why should you watch it?

Her name is Blonde, Atomic Blonde. We are presented with a movie that reminds us of the spirit of the Bond movies. A spy movie set in the late 80s, the end of the Cold War, or kind of with a woman in charge of the story and the action, and boy there is plenty of action to enjoy this movie made in the old spy style.

We are presented with a typical situation during Cold War, having to recover something that is on the other side while you need to collaborate with someone. Nothing new here. What is kind of new is the style. Above all the movie reminds us of the old spy movies and specially the JAmes Bond ones. Where he, and in this case she (always with style) does whatever it takes to get to their objective while seducing someone on their way. And Charlize is brilliant in this role. After watching her in Mad Max, all action movies suit here specially if she plays a badass character like in this one. Simply fantastic.

Besides how the movie is made and how good the actors are, there is another main character that gains the audience attention: the music. Pure 80s music that will take you to your childhood or to a previous life, or if you weren’t alive then, you wish you had been. You won’t be able to replay the songs one after another in your head or in your Spotify list.

A really enjoyable movie, that now is getting some copycats. A movie that will let you forget about everything else and will make you want to travel back in time into Cold War Berlin to have some adventures of your own. Best of all, we can smell a sequel on tis way, let’s hope is as good as the original one, which by the way, is based in a comic, so there is a background for it.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– The movie is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West.

– The infamous stairwell scene is nearly 40 separate shots stitched together to appear as one continuous take.

– The key fight sequence that unfolds in a real Berlin building lasts for almost 10 minutes in what appears to be an unbroken take when, in fact, the sequence comprises almost 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together. Though filmed chronologically from start to finish, nearly half the splices needed some degree of CGI assistance. Swish-pans provided the simplest solutions for smooth cuts and door frames provided vertical seams for smoothly bridging some segments.

– Charlize Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).

– Charlize Theron cracked two teeth while filming.

– Before filming resumed, James McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split (2016) and had to endure all his action scenes with his injured hand.

– In the early part of the movie, where Charlize Theron is on a car and tries to beat the two escorts, the tunnel sequence in Berlin was the same tunnel used in Captain America Civil War, the part where Black Panther chases down Bucky Barnes.

– Although set in 1989, the only preexisting song on the soundtrack that was released that year is “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy. All other songs were released prior to that year.

– Despite the title and the 80’s setting, the song “Atomic” by the band, Blondie, does not appear in the soundtrack.

atomic_blonde_ver5.jpg

My Cousin Rachel

Tags

, , ,

“Did she? Didn’t she? Who was to blame?”

What is this movie about? my_cousin_rachel

A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

A movie based on a book is always a challenge to make. Even more if you are basing it in one of Daphne’s Du Maurier novels, plus if there is already a movie adaptation from the 50’s hanging over your head starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.

The story is something we are used to in Du Maurier’s works: a thriller. A mysterious thriller that may not be as intense as other works from her like “Rebecca” or “The Birds”, but it still provides us a good and maybe even more realistic story: A family member who has wedded too soon somebody unknown to the rest of the family and then passed away. Was it a murder committed by the new wife? Was it an accident? Was it natural? We keep watching the movie in order to obtain some answers to our questions. The plot moves really slowly and might exasperate you, but this is what makes the novel interesting, isn’t it? Just wanting to know what really happened. The claustrophobic sensation one gets while reading is something that the movie really tries to catch showing the audience the same style, but unfortunately this style might make you yawn at some point because you will feel like nothing is moving forward.

We get introduced to the main character in a maybe rushed way at the beginning of the film. It isn’t until later one, when the tittle characters makes apparition, that our attention is totally drawn into the screen. Character Rachel has us mesmerized because actress Rachel gives a mysterious performance surrounding the character. She is the soul of the movie, who is followed by an invisible mist that never seems to leave her alone; one that we cannot wait to penetrate. Opposite her is Sam, who really tries his best, but he is no Richard Burton.

This movie is not a bad one. It is just that comparisons are rough and of course, when you are comparing yourself and even competing against an almost masterpiece, you will probably fail.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– Remake of the 1952 movie of the same title with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton

– The white horse Rachel Weisz rides in the film had been trained for the TV series Game of Thrones (2011) and was taught to ‘play dead’ when its rider tugged hard on the left rein. Being unaware of this, at one point Rachel got partially trapped under the horse’s left flank for a brief period after it rolled over onto its left side.

– The film was shot on location in Cornwall.

my_cousin_rachel_ver2_xlg.jpg