Blade Runner 2049 brings science fiction to a whole new level

Jack Patrick, Staff Writer

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One of the most anticipated films of 2017, sci-fi neo-noir “Blade Runner 2049,” was released on Oct. 6, 2017, thirty-five years after the release of “Blade Runner”. Blade Runner 2049 isn’t your everyday sci-fi movie like “Star Wars,” or “Star Trek” because this movie has adult content with some intense action sequences. The film is rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and language, however, it is a unit among teenage audiences.

“Blade Runner 2049” stars Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) as Rick Deckard, a former LAPD Replicant Hunter on the run after the events of the original film and Ryan Gosling (La La Land, Drive) as new Los Angeles Police Department(L.A.P.D.) Replicant Hunter Agent K.

The film takes place three decades after the previous “Blade Runner” movie. Officer K is on a quest to find Rick Deckard who not only vanished from the city but has the answer to a secret that could destroy all of society forever. During his mission to find the former Blade Runner, the L.A.P.D. discovered remains of a once pregnant replicant that birthed a child that could create a new species and start a war between humans and replicants. The film portrays replicants differently in 2049 than in the original, bringing new life to the epic story.

“Blade Runner 2049” brought science fiction to new levels because of it is beautiful use of special effects, title design for places and ads, use of a big budget, and the incredible music composition that are different than most in the genre.

The acting is marvelous from everyone, whether it be a cameo or a lead role. Ryan Gosling is a great protagonist with a well written backstory and has perfect chemistry with his co-stars. Making the audience feel apprehensive to dangers that will come for K, Harrison Ford made a powerful comeback as the former Blade Runner Rick Deckard. His character provides a strong performance and makes the audience wonder what happened to him over the last 30 years. Niander Wallace portrayed by Jared Leto, is an outstanding antagonist to K and Deckard because he wants to find and experiment the child. Joi was an amazing supporting character as K’s A.I. girlfriend; She is mysterious and provides a positive emotion towards the audience and the characters in the film. Luv is a tough supporting antagonist who wants to succeed but in a violent way, Luv makes the audience worried about what will happen to the leading protagonists. The ensemble are great in the movie, whether they have a part or not.

The cons of the movie were the use of sexuality. There is adult content in the movie which makes it difficult for some kids to watch. It includes sexual content revolving around replicants, and sometimes to humans. They are not in a lot of scenes and while they do not impact the story, they are used frequently for testing, experimenting, birthing, and love. They could be pretty extreme to some viewers which is why this movie can still be for teenage audiences.

The music is very well composed. With work by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. Like the original, the music is very noticeably and overwhelmingly loud in certain scenes like exploring cities or fight sequences. They also included songs from the 60’s by artists such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

The ending was lacking and convoluted as it didn’t explain what the conclusion means or whether they’ll explain it in a sequel, assuming one happens. After the main conflict of the film, they just had a happy ending with more room for another story. In the end, we don’t know what happened to most of the characters in the epilogue of 2049. Despite some flaws, I would highly recommend “Blade Runner 2049,” because it is a movie with an all star cast, beautiful visual effects, great music, strong action sequences, interesting story and incredibly engaging; “Blade Runner 2049” has changed the game of science fiction.

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