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Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

The sequel didn’t disappoint, 25 years later

Alexandra Martin | Entertainment Editor

It is the year 2049; do you know where Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are? Gosling, otherwise known as “K,” is spending his time working for the LAPD as a “blade runner.” Gosling’s main purpose is to hunt his own kind, other bioengineered humans, and “retire,” which is a nice way of killing, his rogue brethren. Harrison Ford plays a straight-shooting egotist and former blade runner by the name of Rick Deckard.  

Ford was also featured in the predecessor to this year’s “Blade Runner 2049,” the 1982 film “Blade Runner.”

If you’ve never seen the original, which I hadn’t until recently, this year’s adaptation is bound to leave something to be desired if you go in blind. Typically, I don’t put too much concern into understanding the plot or what I may be missing when a movie is based on a book or is a remake, or maybe a sequel that has taken 20 years to come to fruition. This time, I am earnestly grateful that I heeded the recommendation of my significant other to give it a go and educate myself prior to attending the movie.

“Blade Runner 2049,” was a quality film. Aside from the stellar acting and incredible cinematography, the story in and of itself was impeccably told. It is deeply philosophical and retains just enough of the original “Blade Runner” to weave the two movies together with ease, allowing the viewer to be able to experience the movie, not just watch it.

 

Contact the author at journalentertainment@wou.edu