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“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.

 

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