That doesn’t happen very often.
Ironically the requests and instructions passed on to us did not involve embargoing our reviews. Instead they included a rather lengthy list of DO NOT INCLUDE details about the plot, specific scenes, characters and outcomes as they appear in the movie.
In other words controlled content as it pertains to this highly anticipated sequel.
You might call it “Spoiler Prevention.”
Trouble is, with that much heavy handed editorial control it makes it hard for reviewers to paint a clear picture.
So instead of trying to transverse that minefield I will instead present a number of impressions.
First a bit of background:
The original BLADE RUNNER initially appeared on screens in 1982.
And while it had a solid following in sci-fi circles it really didn’t set the box office afire.
Its domestic opening weekend gross was a mere $ 6.2 million.
A ‘Directors Cut’ in 1993 brought renewed interest to the futuristic tale.
And today it has garnered full cult status.
With that in mind here are some of my impressions of BLADE RUNNER 2049.
And should you have forgotten what it’s all about—or never have seen the original—no problem. A rather rather lengthy prologue sets it all up for you.
The ending? You WON’T be disappointed!
* As for the ‘darkness’ of the original, I am happy to report the sequel is much ‘brighter.’ And the set design and stylish visual effects are simply terrific.
* What impressed me most though is the film’s mesmerizing, amazing and amplified musical score by the team of Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. All I can say is WOW!
* The film probably marks the best performance of Ryan Gosling‘s career.
* The running time is a whopping 164 minutes and if you’re like me wondering when Harrison Ford will (finally) show up—that would be about an hour and forty five minutes into the picture.
* This movie may not be for everyone, but isn’t it about time to EXPAND your mind…again?
Hint: Hologram surprises!
Let me leave you with a quote from the film:
“I have memories. They’re not real. They’re just implants.”
BLADE RUNNER 2049—buckle up because you’re in for quite a ride.
My grade: B+
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday’s during Kansas City’s Morning News on 98.1 FM, KMBZ.