Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

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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.
Edition: Blu-rayDVD combo
Branch Call Number: DVD BLA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (164 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,color
Blu-ray,Dolby Atmos,DTS-HD Master Audio,Dolby digital 5.1
DVD,Dolby digital 5.1
video file
DVD,DVD video
Blu-ray,1080p high definition
DVD,region 1


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Feb 10, 2018

I love the original 1982 Blade Runner, more than almost any other film. I even enjoy all the various cuts of the film Ridley Scott did (changing some of the story, much to the annoyance of everyone else who worked on the film). Even its flaws (lacking story, clunky dialog, etc.) I was willing to forgive because I always figured the point of the movie was to watch 2 hours of awesome cyberpunk stuff with a great synth score, even if the actual plot was only passable. Coming from this perspective, I still think Blade Runner 2049 is even better than the original film. By quite a bit.

2049 is not a reboot or a "soft-reboot" retelling a similar story. It is a story that differs from the original in many ways and and yet deals with the themes and issues (sentience, love, what it means to be human) in much better and more defined ways the the original. This film keeps what made the original great (visuals, soundtrack, setting) and expands further on both those aspects and has much more fleshed out characters and a more emotional story.

The star of the show is still no doubt the world of Blade Runner and in 2049 it extrapolates a future from the imagined 2019 of the original. It is a world where the Soviet Union still exists but now advertises cheap goods in holograms on the streets of Los Angeles, where advanced A.I. and cybernetic camera implants exist but displays are futuristic CRT monitors, where the climate is out of control and maybe in this future the clean air act of 1970 never came to be. As with all great future fiction its the implied realities of the small details of the world that make it so fun to interpret and the same can be said of the characters. A lot of what you take from their actions depends on your own interpretation (no inner monologue here) however, writer Hampton Fancher does provide his own intentions for some of the characters in interviews in the bonus materials.

I should mention that this film is about 3 hours long counting the credits. The trailer also makes it out to be an action film, which is poor marketing in my opinion. The film has maybe 15 total minutes of what could be called "action scenes", and retains much of the slow pace and atmosphere of the 1982 original.

If you're into cyberpunk, synth scores, slow pace, and can enjoy a 3 hour movie then this may be for you (like me) be one of the best films of the last 20 years. If any one of those above mentioned categories isn't your thing it may not resonate the same way however, I believe there is still merit to watching the Blade Runner 2049 even if only for the amazing cinematography.


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