Blade Runner 2049 opens with a brief explanation about replicants and the fate of Tyrell Industries after cold-hearted entrepreneur Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) took it over. For others, calling information that's revealed in the first few minutes of a movie a "spoiler" feels like total overkill. Perhaps more impressively, Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins may have even topped 1982's Blade Runner, creating one of the most gorgeous movies ever to be seen on the big screen. So be warned, and don't ruin this for anybody else.
Nearly every single shot in "Blade Runner 2049" I could see framed, not just on a wall, but in an art gallery. The future is looking no less grim in 2049 where Officer K (Ryan Gosling), like Deckard before him, works as a blade runner, or hunter of rogue replicants (androids). In order to find Tyrell, Batty finds the designer of the replicant eye, Chew (James Hong). It's very sad, for such a visual beauty and probably one of the best pictures in recent years. It all clicks because director Denis Villeneuve and writers Michael Green and Hampton Fancher make sure every little aspect of this story is crafted with objective and care, making sure nothing is without reason. Here's what he had to say. Suffice it to say, the sequel remains respectful to that mystery, for which I am immensely grateful. One is that we're building. You chose to end with K and Deckard.
A title card at the beginning provides some handy details, but the story just jumps right in and allows viewers to pick up what they need. Blade Runner 2049 adds another wrinkle to Tyrell's creation: Wallace later notes that Tyrell named her Rachel after the barren wife of Jacob in the Bible. We may never know, and if the film continues to underperform, we may never get so lucky again. But the real surprise for me was Ana de Armas as Joi, K's holographic girlfriend.
He told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres: "Usually I fly myself, (but) if I've got a really tight schedule and I've got to fly across the ocean, I don't do it, because I can sleep".
No, they didn't [write] six screenplays.
"But yes, there's some clues of what could come after", he said. I love to work.
My college philosophy professor began his first class by asking his students how we knew we weren't just heads floating in a jar. Because "Blade Runner 2049" may be imperfect, but, like its predecessor, it will not be "lost in time, like tears in rain".
There's also an abundance of female nudity and a complicated sexual encounter that may have you thinking about the risk of electrocution. He seems content to serve his objective - to go to work and report back to his superior (Robin Wright). "What have we done?" I said, 'What? Michael Green, no.
Your movie has two endings. As a "skin-job", the replicant cop is looked down on by the rest of society, yet it's clear that K still yearns for a connection of sorts. Are you dreaming this, or am I dreaming of you? Much of the movie is spent following a new Blade Runner, this time played by Ryan Gosling.
But you could have switched those [moments]. That attractive melancholy that happens there, that's K's legacy.
[Thinks.] I don't like sentimentalism. "Bring it to me". Yet it's here and it's a masterpiece that I hope will influence the genre and film for the foreseeable future. Who does that? And who wants to watch a movie about that? Like, I did Arrival the same way.
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"The original idea was to have Deckard be sitting in the kitchen and through the windows, you see the day is getting darker and darker ... a unusual vehicle pulls up".