Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Story: Neo-noir sci-fi sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve, the story is set 30 years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
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Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 37)
K: I hope you don’t mind me taking the liberty. I was careful not to drag in any dirt.
Sapper Morton: I don’t mind the dirt. I do mind unannounced visits.
K: I thought you might be able to help me with a case. Any idea where I could find him?
Sapper Morton: You’re police. Plan on taking me in?
K: I would much prefer that to the alternative.
[suddenly he goes to stab K who grabs his hand and they crash throw the wall]
Joi: I missed you, baby sweet. How was your day, hm?
K: It was a day.
[K enters a warehouse full of children working]
Mister Cotton: The nickel is for the colonial ships. The closest any of them , or any of us, is going to that grand life, off-world. So come on now, what show do you have in mind?
[he whistles and all the children stop working and rise to stand]
Mister Cotton: Because I got all kinds.
[K shows hold up police badge]
Mister Cotton: Oh, no, no, no…
K: I’m not buying.
Mister Cotton: No, no, no. This is just my game and I play it fair. No, no. I mean, bigger than you, bigger than you have tried to shut me down. Bigger than you, and they were, they were men at that.
K: I think I’ve found him.
Lieutenant Joshi: That’s not possible. If this gets out we’ve bought ourselves a war.
Lieutenant Joshi: There is an order to things. That’s what we do here. We keep order. This is what we do.
Lieutenant Joshi: The World is built in a wall that separates kind. Tell either side there’s no wall, you’ve bought a war. Or a slaughter.
K: To be born is to have a soul, I guess.
[referring to Wallace]
Lieutenant Joshi: He’s got every gun in this city. I’ve got you.
K: We have to stop him
Lieutenant Joshi: We’re all just looking out for something real.
Niander Wallace: Every leap of civilization was built off the back of a disposable workforce. We lost our stomach for slaves unless engineered. But I can only make so many. That barren pasture empty and salted, right here. The dead space between the stars. And this, the seat that we must change for heaven. I cannot breed them. So help me, I have tried. We need more Replicants than can ever be assembled. Millions, so we can be trillions more. We could storm Eden and retake her. Tyrell’s final trick: Procreation. Perfected, then lost. But there is a child. Bring it to me.
Joi: Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: One and zero.
K: Half as much, but twice as elegant, sweetheart.
K: Why are you so good? What makes your memories so authentic?
Dr. Ana Stelline: Well, there’s a bit of every artist in their work.
Dr. Ana Stelline: Wallace needs my talent to maintain a stable product. I think it’s only kind. Replicants live such hard lives, made to do what we’d rather not. I can’t help your future, but I can give you good memories to think back on and smile.
K: It’s nice.
Dr. Ana Stelline: It’s better than nice. It feels authentic. And if you have authentic memories, you have real human responses. Wouldn’t you agree?
K: How can you tell the difference? Can you tell if something really happened?
Dr. Ana Stelline: They all think it’s about more detail. But that’s not how memory works. We recall with our feelings. Anything real should be a mess.
[referringto the dog]
K: Is he real?
Rick Deckard: I don’t know. Ask him.
Rick Deckard: You got a name?
K: Officer KD6-3.7…
Rick Deckard: That’s not a name. That’s a serial number.
K: Alright. Joe.
Rick Deckard: What do you want, Joe?
K: I want to ask you some questions.
Rick Deckard: Like what?
K: Like what was her name, the mother of your child? What was she like? You two live here together?
Rick Deckard: Too many questions.
Rick Deckard: I had your job. I was good at it.
K: It was simpler then.
Rick Deckard: Why you making it complicated?
K: Why don’t you answer the question?
Rick Deckard: What question?
K: I didn’t figure you as one for bullshit.
K: What’s her name?
Rick Deckard: Rachael. Her name was Rachael.
K: What happened to the kid? Who put it in the orphanage? Was it you?
Rick Deckard: I was long gone by then.
K: You didn’t even meet your own kid? Why?
Rick Deckard: Because that was the plan. I showed them how to scramble the records, cover their tracks. Everyone had a part. Mine was to leave. Then the Blackout came, paved over everything. Couldn’t have found the child if I tried.
K: Did you want to?
Rick Deckard: Not really.
K: Why not?
Rick Deckard: Because we were being hunted. I didn’t want our child found taken apart, dissected. Sometimes, to love someone you, got to be a stranger. To strangers.
Rick Deckard: [to K] They know you’re here.
Lieutenant Joshi: This breaks the world!
K: We have to go.
Joi: I’m coming with you.
Replicant: Where is he?!
Joi: I was told you’re special. You’re story isn’t over yet. There is still a page left.
K: [to Deckard] Tell me what you remember? Everything.
Lieutenant Joshi: [to K] He’s on your tail.
Rick Deckard: What’s the plan?
K: We don’t run.
Mariette: More human than humans.
Freysa: Dying for the right cause. It’s the most human thing we can do.
Niander Wallace: All the courage in the world cannot alter fact.
Niander Wallace: I have wanted to meet you for so very long. You are a wonder to me, Mr. Deckard. I had the lock. I found the key.
Niander Wallace: Is it the same now, as then, the moment you met her? All these years you looked back on that day drunk on the memory of its perfection. How shiny her lips. How instant your connection. Did it never occur to you that’s why you were summoned in the first place? Designed to do nothing short of fall for her right then and there. All to make that single perfect specimen. That is, if you were designed. Love, or mathematical precision. Yes? No?
Rick Deckard: I know what’s real.
Niander Wallace: Pain reminds you the joy you felt was real. More joy, then.
Niander Wallace: [to Deckard] You do not know what pain is yet. You will learn.
[to Wallace; referring to the fake Rachael]
Rick Deckard: Her eyes were green.
K: You’re free to meet your daughter now. All the best memories are hers.
Rick Deckard: Why? Who am I to you?
K: Go meet your daughter.
Dr. Ana Stelline: Beautiful, isn’t it?
Total Quotes: 37
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Daniel Occelli (Mexico City) says
Finally my most anticipated film of the year hit theaters and I got the chance to watch it, and I am, once again, speechless. Denis Villeneuve proves once more he is the best, or one of the best directors working today, by challenging the audience once more like he did last year with what will be another sci-fi classic in the future.
Before I go into detail with everything I loved about Blade Runner 2049, I will mention some of my flaws with this film, there aren’t a lot of them, but going with such high expectations into the theater I did have some cons with some aspects of the film, first of all, some performances were not up to par with those of our main characters, especially Silvia Hoeks as Luv, her performance was way over the top and it took me out of the movie. Another flaw I had with this film was the score, don’t get me wrong though, I absolutely loved it, but I wanted more of it, and more of a Noir feel to it, like the one in the original, this was more of an intense score and I didn’t get enough of it.
Another minor flaw with the film was the pace, it was extremely long, and it had to be, but much like the original, this is a slow movie, with a lot of dialogue and not a lot of action, I was expecting this going in, but you do feel the 2 hours and 40 minutes runtime. My last flaw with the film is that you can see in one scene the involvement of the studio, with some plot points being explained to us like we didn’t understand the film, I know Denis Villeneuve would never do that, he is always challenging the audience and for the whole movie, the exposition scenes had been seamless and perfectly managed, that’s why that scene caught me off guard. But it didn’t bother me, it just surprised me.
Now let’s get into everything I loved about this film. First of all the visuals, the design and the world this film takes place in are all perfect, in every sense of the word. Denis was not only respectful with the original, but he improved upon it with the design and the world building, he went outside the city and showed us new worlds and he never forgot what movie he was making, every location we visit feels like part of this universe and it really made me feel immersed in the world of Blade Runner.
My favorite aspect of this film is without a doubt Roger Deakins’s cinematography, I haven’t felt this way after watching a film since The Revenant, the way he uses color, and water, and light and shadows, I’ve just never seen anything like it, this is an Oscar worthy piece of work, it really dropped my jaw with some of the shots, especially the ones inside Wallace’s headquarters.
Now let’s talk about the script, the characters and the performances: I loved some of the small appearances we saw in this film, especially Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista, I loved seeing them there. As for the villain, I loved the small amount of scenes I saw Jared Leto in, but he wasn’t in the film enough, and maybe it is because this is not a film about good vs. evil, he was the villain of another story really, that I hope we get to see in the future, but this was not his story, he was just an element in it, and I loved him, too bad he went all method again and he only appears in like 20 minutes of the film.
I also loved Ryan Gosling’s boss. As for our main characters, I think this is the best performance I’ve seen from Ryan Gosling in a while, if he was nominated for La La Land, he definitely deserves it more this time, Harrison Ford was also insane here, he made me forget he was Harrison Ford, I absolutely loved his portrayal of the character again, he brought it once more. And my biggest surprise was definitely Ana de Armas, she gave this film a way more believable love interest than Racheal in the first one, I really loved her, and she is gorgeous. I have to say some of her scenes were my favorite scenes in the film, the “Her” aspect of the movie for me fit in perfectly, and the sex scene was so beautiful, I loved it.
In more technical aspects of the film, I think the sound design was perfect, the way the speakers come close to bursting in some scenes and the way the image trembles alongside the earbursting sound effects, I loved it. And the editing of the film was also pretty amazing, especially in the fight scene in the beach, and in the old club with Elvis, I loved those scenes.
Denis Villeneuve made me love him even more with this movie, and I can’t wait to see what he will do next, I hope he goes back to a more suspensful thriller before doing another sci-fi film, but I trust him with whatever he wants to do.
I will give Blade Runner 2049 a 9.5/10 the best film of the year so far, I can’t wait to watch it again.
Phillip Guy Ellis (Northampton, England) says
Blade Runner was one of those profound 80s movies that didn’t really register with me as a teenager. I guess it was too smart and subtle for a boy interested in Bryan Adams and girls. Well 40-years later the replicants are back and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival and Sicario) has been trusted with this precious jewel to film fans and reboot it as a franchise. It seems that reticence for an intelligent science-fiction movie remains though as its lavish $186 million dollar budget pulled back a surprisingly poor $260m to date, pretty shocking for a modern day digital effects late summer blockbuster. Today’s 18-years old prefer Deadpool and The Avengers, I guess. The blade had been polished rather than sharpened.
Villeneuve was nervous about the gig but felt he could do it and when Ridley Scott pulled out late on to do an unneeded Aliens reboot, Villeneuve got the job and delivered a visually stunning and atmospheric movie. That signature look earned cinematographer Roger Deakins his first ever Academy Award for Best Cinematography, thus breaking his 13-nomination dry-spell. Super sexy Ryan Gosling got the lead role to try and pull in that younger date night audience but the rather pretentious Oscar chasing 2 hour 44 minute runtime seems to be the killer. That’s a long time to sit in a cinema for today’s attention span.
• Ryan Gosling as K
• Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard
• Ana de Armas as Joi
• Sylvia Hoeks as Luv
• Robin Wright as Lt. Joshi
• Mackenzie Davis as Mariette
• Carla Juri as Dr. Ana Stelline
• Lennie James as Mister Cotton
• Dave Bautista as Sapper Morton
• Jared Leto as Niander Wallace
• Edward James Olmos as Gaff
• Barkhad Abdi as Doc Badger
• Hiam Abbass as Freysa
• David Dastmalchian as Coco
• Wood Harris as Nandez
• Sallie Harmsen as a replicant
In 2049, replicants (described as “bioengineered humans”) are now the slaves to the remaining humans, the world bleached by global warming and fresh food hard to find.
K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant, works for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as a “Blade Runner”, an officer who hunts and “retires” (kills) rogue replicants. A protein farm out in the arid desert is his next job, taking out a big old harmless replicant called Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), rater reluctant on that score, putting K through the wall before being shut down for good.
His final checks on the site for other replicants using a scan finds a box buried deep under a tree. He calls it in and returns to base for a cleanup team to extract the box. Back at the LAPD lab the box contains the remains of a female replicant but unlike any other, demonstrating something previously thought impossible. K’s superior Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) is fearful that this evidence could lead to a war between humans and replicants. She orders K to find and retire ‘the problem’ to hide the truth.
K visits the swanky Wallace Corporation headquarters (the replicant design company born out of the old Tyrell Corporation) where the skeleton female is identified from DNA archives as Rachael, an experimental replicant designed by Dr. Tyrell. Here K learns of Rachael’s romantic connection with former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).
Wallace CEO Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) is working on the secret to replicant reproduction to expand interstellar colonization and so intrigued to know what K is investigating. He sends his replicant enforcer Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) to steal Rachael’s remains from LAPD headquarters and find out that secret.
K returns to the farm and sees the date 6-10-21 carved into the tree trunk and somehow recognizes it from a childhood memory of a wooden toy horse. Because replicants’ memories are artificial, he cannot know how real that memory is. K has a sexy holographic A.I girlfriend called Joi (Ana de Armas), who believes this is evidence that K was born, not created and his discovery at the farm is more profound than he, a mere LAPD officer, can contemplate.
Good stuff and I enjoyed all the elements you are supposed to with this type of classy intelligent science-fiction movie. Special effects and cinematography are stunning and dominate over the scripting and acting this time around with few profound lines like the original movie. There were some classics in Blade Runner. 2049 looks fabulous and Ridley Scotts vision still alive and well here in the hands of Villeneuve. Roger Deakins Oscar is well deserved as yet again some classic dystopian imagery here.
Acting wise Gosling is solid in the lead and no one else in cinema is as attractive or mesmerizing as him on the big screen. You always feel he has watched a lot of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen films to perfect the silent stare to camera to let the girls know he has got it all on screen. Even Harrisons Ford’s cameo is overshadowed by the Gosling brooding silence. Robin Wright (House of Cards) is morphing into Glen Close every movie while it’s a breeze for Jared Leto as the villain of the piece alongside leggy Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks as the badass female replicant enforcer.
Plot wise it’s pretty straightforward and once the twist is revealed early on the film gets going. Even though it’s a bum itching near three hours it doesn’t feel like that and surprisingly well paced. The mystery unfolds and the ambiguity over who is human and who is replicant keeps it interesting in the humans weary or robots storyline. What it does do is set up the next movie and one or two more beyond that, no doubt, the real objective here. But after that poor box-office for a film that deserved a lot more people seeing and enjoying it they may have to rethink the PR for the franchise. Gosling’s super cool good looks are clearly not enough to compete with the Marvel stuff in the blockbuster world.
IMDb.com – 8.1/10.0 (275,234votes)
Rottentomatos.com – % critic’s approval
Metacritic.com –81% critic’s approval
William Amata says
I throughly enjoyed the movie. It was well written as well as intriguing. As in the original, the replicants ARE MORE HUMAN than the actual humans. Luv as the protagonist was fantastic struggling with her own emoitional responses while increasingly fanatically carrying out her orders. I actually wanted her to prevail (I’m a sucker for a single minded, physically fit female with bangs; goes for Joi too). Gosling as K/Joe was spot on as he starts to realize who he is or might be. While the plot of possibly rebelling en mass as a people has become a little hackneyed it still propels the story and gives a glimpse of what it means to “Live your life in fear. That’s what it means to be a slave”. I wish all sequels were this good.
Karl Blair (UK) says
Blade Runner 2049 is like going camping, gathering twigs and proceeding to build a small fire, as the twigs begin to smoulder you pile on all the sticks, giant logs you can find,only sit and wait for three hours until a small spark ends your fire lighting career, and all your left with is a giant pile of what could have been the greatest inferno you have ever seen, but what actually is nothing more than a dull possibility, that without the original idea would be the most pointless pile of wood ever assembled.
Paul E (Buffalo Grove, IL) says
First, some preliminaries: I went to see the movie at an IMAX theatre near me. The sound was unbelievable! The theatre shook with the intensity of the sound. The low-frequency vibes could be felt right through your body. Just great!
Well, so much for the good part of the film. There was no music to speak of, just gritty sound effects.
Here’s the ridiculous, hackneyed plotline in 25 words or less:
Post-apocalyptic civilization’s created slaves are so lifelike, they want to breed and one has done it and everyone wants to know how.
Stupid? Yes. Pointless? Yes. Boring and cliched? Yes, yes and YES!
There was nothing about this movie to love, except, maybe for the fact that it was so long and so slow that I didn’t miss anything leaving to pee away that 128-ounce monster drink three times during the film.
Save your money. Harrison Ford’s got enough. And whoever that silly lead man is would be better cast as a slack-jawed millennial husband than a rough, tough LAPD cop in 2049.
There are no memorable scenes here, no unforgettable characters, no plot.
Why, Warner Bros, why?
You are so far from understanding cinema… way too far.
You write like a guy who likes Transformers. Well dude… wake up, THAT’s crap!
Will not stay here and write all your mistakes. Just by telling that Harrison was dragged in from a bad night out, it’s understandable you didn’t even follow the story. Try to go live alone and away from society for more than 20 years.. would love to see your face and body after that. There’s a reason to every detail in the movie.
The future is Orange? That’s only a part of the city! the one abandoned after 2022 black out… dust and sand mix… plus wind. What do you expect? Blue sea and palmas?! Have you ever seen what happens in the Sahara on a windy day ?!? Check it out, for your knowledge please.
If you find this movie sleepy… better for you to watch Avengers if you don’t wanna fall asleep. Your brain is not working without action. So sad.
I could answer to any of your sentence and take it down easily.
Try to comment Real TV show… you could have better chance to be taken seriously.
Blade Runner 2049 is an accomplished son of a masterpiece from 35 years ago. Best sequel ever.
P.S. OSCAR 2017 for best movie, soundtrack and screenplay. Remember my words.
I hate transformers too.
The original was far superior than this trash!
Your too young to appreciate cinema & when you get to my age you may have seen a few to form a quality opinion… But that’s the beauty of cinema so many diverse views… I keep sending