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|Original title:||Blade Runner 2049|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Approx. 163 min|
Many years have passed since the replicants rose up and the rebellion was crushed. An electromagnetic blast plunged the world into darkness back then, destroying all electronic data. But life on Earth goes on - and so does the hunt for the old replicants, who have since been replaced by a new, obedient generation. LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a blade runner whose job it is to track down the submerged replicants and render them harmless. When he succeeds once again, he stumbles upon clues that lead him to a long-held secret that could shake the world to its foundations.
When Ridley Scott brought Blade Runner, a science fiction thriller based on a short story by cult author Philip K. Dick, to theaters in 1982, expectations were enormous: the director of Alien and the hero of Star Wars making science fiction together? That can only be great. But the flick failed at the box office, as it did with many critics. Over time, this has changed considerably. Blade Runner has long been a cult film and is one of the best and most influential works of modern science fiction cinema. A sequel has often been rumored, but never came for 35 years.
Now, with Blade Runner 2049, the story is finally being told again. Of course, with such a cult film after more than three decades, the expectations from fans are disproportionately high, making it almost impossible to even come close to meeting them. And the fact that Ridley Scott then also refrained from directing himself didn't exactly make it easier for his successor either. At least doubting voices quickly quieted a little when it was announced that Denis Villeneuve would be taking the helm. After all, the Canadian filmmaker had proven himself a master at being able to combine great entertainment with depth and ambition with outstanding works like Sicario and Arrival.
And so it's not really surprising that his Blade Runner 2049 has become an absolutely worthy successor to the revered original. It was able to succeed because Villeneuve refrained from copying Scott's film. He has made the sequel something of his own with his own signature. While he builds on the original, he doesn't cling desperately to its look or its dramatic structure.
The story quickly seems quite predictable. Still, the film manages to never come close to being boring. That in the end everything is quite different than it seems at the beginning will hardly surprise connoisseurs of Denis Villeneuve's films. Nevertheless, it has to be said in all honesty that his dark version of the future is neither as groundbreaking and original as the one by Ridley Scott, nor does the story have the philosophical depth of the first part. But since it doesn't even try to achieve that, this great science fiction thriller is able to fully develop its own strengths.
The look is just as great as the visual effects and sound design. But the actors all deliver very good performances as well, and of course it's especially nice for fans that Harrison Ford has stepped into the role of Rick Deckard once again. He can't quite hold a candle to Ryan Gosling, but especially in the second half, where his character changes more and more, he too proves to be an extremely good choice for the lead role in this dystopian thriller. That's all that can be said about Blade Runner 2049 then, without giving too much away about the plot. And that should be avoided at all costs. Only one thing can be revealed completely spoiler-free: The science fiction cinema is another great work richer and Denis Villeneuve has once again confirmed his reputation as one of the best filmmakers of today. Therefore there can only be one recommendation: Absolutely worth seeing
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