The Return of Ford: Blade Runner 2049

The Return of Ford: Blade Runner 2049

Stratis Bohle

Blade Runner is a major influence on the Hard Science-Fiction Films. Previously most films were goofy or very light in its view of the future. Its dark view and tone made it a cult classic. The 5 different revisions released in the 25 years after the films initial release do not help its cult classic status.

When the release of Blade Runner 2049 was announced, the major concern was whether or not Harrison Ford would come back to his role, but those fears were soon squashed when he announced that he liked the script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and would be joining the cast. Ryan Gosling was announced to be joining the film soon afterwards.

The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve and came out on October 6th and came out to extremely positive reviews. It currently stands at 93% at Rotten Tomatoes.

The film follows Ryan Goslings character Agent K as he finds out a massive secret that will tear apart the last remaining bits of society that exists. To help him he searches for a man who had held his post before him: Rick Deckard.

The film works wonderfully as a stand alone and as a sequel to Blade Runner. It contains its own stories for its main characters, including Deckard, whose story overlaps his arc in the first film. The plot is wonderful yet utterly complex and has me clamoring for more. This film helps its predecessor with making it even more interesting and has interested people who have never watched the original film.

Hans Zimmer’s score is evocative of its predecessor, but to me this soundtrack sounds better. It is a shame that the score will have no physical release, considering the price of the original films soundtrack going on second hand markets is pretty high for the vinyl versions. However the music is loud and I do see that being an issue for people without a surround sound set up at home because of the need to frequently change the level of the volume to adjust for dialogue and the soundtrack.

The cinematographer Roger Deakins did an amazing job and will probably receive an Oscar nomination for his work. The shots were beautiful and completely captivating and made me actually drawn into this horrifying future. I loved it and felt right in on the sparring action and wonderful visuals. His best work was probably the scenes in Vegas.

Ryan Goslings performance was very nice and made you think,  if I were to elaborate on why and how it was cerebral it would spoil an important part of the movie. Harrison Fords performance was captivating and was very nice at a screen time of 15 minutes of nearly 3 hour movie and was probably the best of his entire career in a dramatic role.

There is no way to be able to see this movie and not be captivated. You will be drawn in with Ryan Goslings ‘Agent K’ which is up there with his performance in Drive and was one of the best performances I’ve seen. It is one of the best sequels ever produced and will be up there as a cult classic

Score: 10/10