Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
Based on: Philip K. Dick‘s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Sequel to: Blade Runner
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos, Jared Leto, Hiam Abbass, Mackenzie Davis, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi
Seen on: 15.10.2017
K (Ryan Gosling) is a replicant who works as a blade runner – a section of the police tasked with hunting down rogue replicants and killing them. During one of those hunts, K finds evidence that there was a replicant who managed to reproduce sexually: she became pregnant and had a child which was believed to be impossible. K’s superior officer Joshi (Robin Wright) fears the repercussions if that fact became wide knowledge and tells K to find the child and kill it. This leads K to question his own past as well.
Blade Runner 2049 was so incredibly boring that I could barely stand it. Since it’s also racist and sexist, it probably would have been better if it hadn’t been made at all.
The film is really the worst I’ve seen of any of the involved people – from acting to direction. And in that I also have to include Deakins’ cinematography that was still way above average, but not at his usual level.
But maybe everything felt so bad for me because the film moves at such a glacial pace that I really started to feel that I had to get out of the film. And if that getting out would have meant dying right then and there, I’d probably have done it. At least I considered it at length.
I felt so paralyzed by the emanating boredom of the film, I couldn’t even get angry at the racism (why, yes, this world is heavily influenced by Asian cultures, but no, we don’t need any Asian people, thank you very much) or the sexism (the woman with the biggest role in the film – Joi (Ana de Armas) – is literally programmed to be the perfect wifey for K and dies for him. In fact, there really are a whole lot of dead women considering that there are not a whole lot of women in the film at all).
Maybe my negative reaction to it has to do with the fact that I didn’t particularly like the first Blade Runner, either, so the film had nothing to build on there in my case. In any case, I would have rather not seen the film – so much so that I would prefer if it didn’t exist at all.
Summarizing: Hell no.