2018, February, Arts and Review, Blade Runner, Therkildsen

Blade Runner
by Don Therkildsen (posted 2-18-18)

On October 6 of last year, Blade Runner 2049 hit theaters, and was a long awaited sequel to the big-name director Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner. It includes Hollywood stars like Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, and Emily Blunt. The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve, and was written by Hampton Fancher, one of the screenwriters of the original Blade Runner, and Michael Green. With these three These three of these men created a cinematic masterpiece.

The film itself, ignoring it’s infamous predecessor, is simply amazing. The story is interesting and never once lets up. Every moment of the film you are interested in what’s happening and you are invested in K’s quest. There are twists and turns as K travels down his path, and you will be no less than entertained. There are moments of complete silence, and yet you’re not bored, but instead, anticipating what’s going to happen. These moments of silence also provide for some incredible displays of emotion from our main protagonist.

The characters are rich, and portrayed incredibly by their respective actors. Just take our main protagonist, K, who was played by Ryan Gosling (I’m sure you know who that name). This movie included some of the finest acting I have seen from Gosling. From his brooding silence, to his inability to express his feelings to those he love (and those he does not), and his outbursts of anger or grief, Gosling portrays this character superbly. Harrison Ford reprising Rick Deckard is always going to end well, so there is no point going into too much detail with that. I mean, Dave Bautista’s character was in the film for only the first ten minutes and his acting left an impression.

Now, let’s look at the film as it is: a sequel. It is not a disappointing sequel in any way. It contains the same themes and same gritty futuristic world of the original Blade Runner, while simultaneously expanding upon it. Everything you love about the 1982 film is in this one, and Villeneuve puts his own cinematic style to work while still incorporating Ridley Scott’s tropes. The main theme of the movie, of what it means to be human, is developed in Blade Runner 2049. The question of human existence is just as powerful as it is in the original.

As a fan of the original Blade Runner, I am completely satisfied with Blade Runner 2049, and I suggest that anyone should give it a watch.