The following Blu-ray was provided to be by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let's start off being honest. I hated Blade Runner as a kid. In the world of science fiction I wanted aliens fighting humans, and space ship battles, over the top cheesyness. Instead I got a weird, dull film with no action. And in reality it made no sense to me at that age.
As I got older I watched it again, I watched the directors cut, the final cut, all of them. I grew to appreciate the film visually and I definitely will give it to credit for influencing almost every science fiction film to come out ever sense, but it was still boring as all hell. So when I heard a sequel was being made I hope they could take the visuals and add some good action to it.
Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the original. In between films we learn that mankind went though a 10 day blackout that erased all replicant production records. We also come to find out that Harrison Ford's Deckard character fell in love with a replicant and disappeared.
We are introduced to a new Blade Runner, in this case a replicant named K (played by Ryan Gosling). He hunts down rogue replicants and in the beginning kills one played by Dave Batista at a farm. While searching around he finds a box with the remains of a replicant female. He takes it to the morgue and finds out that it died durring a c section. Thus concluding that replicants can indeed reproduce via sex.
What follows is a giant cover up/conspiracy, as it's much faster to have replicants simply be created via intercourse than the standard way of manufacturing the.
This leads K, who is assigned to this case to Deckard (played by Harrison Ford). From there we learn that Deckard was the father of, the replicant child. All of this begins to cause K confusion as to who he really is and if Deckard could be his father.
The film looks absolutely amazing. As science fiction goes this is probably the best looking film out there. It's almost breath taking to see the distopion landscape, and everything and everyone that inhabits it. The lighting is perfect in every scene, whether it be dark, or heartwarming.
The acting is also spot on from Gossling as K. Along side great performances from Ana de Armas, and Robin Wright the chemistry is amazing. I will say though, that Harrison Ford just gave his typical "Phone it in" performance, which you can judge yourself.
All and all the film is a work of art and has already been heaped with praise. Fans of the original will love it, and new fans, who are into these types of art house science fiction films will be entertained as well. Fans like me who enjoy action will be disappointed, as there is very little. And the film does have a long run time of close to 3hrs.
Warner Brother has, as always done an amazing job with this transfer. Watching at home in 4k is a spectacle in itself as the video and audio are fantastic, and it loaded with special features
As I stated if you like the original this is a 4 star film. If you prefer a more action packed movie like me then the rating is slightly lower. Still something to watch for the visionary aspects
Overall me for me 2 out of 5 Stars