Blade Runner returns after 35 years with Blade Runner 2049. The original followed Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a LAPD cop sent out on one last mission to hunt down and destroy fugitive replicants – bioengineered synthetic humans.
30 years later, we follow Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a “modern” and near-perfect replicant who has been tasked by the LAPD to hunt down older replicants.
Agent K’s run-in with one of these replicants causes him to later uncover a mystery. One that could shatter the boundaries between man and machine. K is sent on a journey to destroy any evidence which eventually leads him to find Deckard who has been missing for 30 years. But Deckard is more of a side character this time around. Agent K is the focus here.
Agent K is almost devoid of all emotion. But his vacuous demeanour fractures in points throughout the film – sifting in fragments of humanity. It’s these moments that make K’s character intriguing.
The plot itself is never rushed. It flows smoothly. Each revelation is rewarding. Every action scene beautifully executed.
Director, Denis Villeneuve manages to carefully craft each scene with stunning visuals. The sheer awe the world inspires creates a truly fantastic cinematic experience. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch’s dark, melodic, synthesised soundtrack is a wonderful throwback to the original and perfectly evokes the film’s atmosphere.
Overall, the performances were in top form. Sylvia Hoeks as deadly replicant, Luv, was a truly horrifying and standout performance.
A great feat in science fiction. Possibly the best of its kind since the original Blade Runner. Newcomers and fans of the original will find much to enjoy in this cinematic masterpiece.