This is not just one of the all-time great science fiction films, but it is one of the all-time great films

Blade Runner 2049 surpasses all other sci-fi pictures with its sheer power, unrelenting passion, consummate understanding and profound meaning. This is not just one of the all-time great science fiction films, but it is one of the all-time great films.

Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is tasked with covering up one of the world’s greatest secrets. With the potential to blur the thin line between replicants and humans, the secret must not be unveiled. However, K’s mission is hauntingly dangerous, and puts not just his life in danger but also those closest to him.

The majority of the film’s success has to be attributed to director Denis Villeneuve. After helming 2016’s breathtaking picture Arrival, he brings his futuristic ingenuity to a world where it is the most vital element. Blade Runner thrived on its vision and its understanding of humanity, and 2049 is no different. Villeneuve has expanded the way the universe works, directly through its visual sensuality.

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The story, though a little thin for a film of such enormous length, does hold attention and the script weaves its way seamlessly through the twists that the story brings. Villeneuve is the masthead but there is clearly a creative and ardent team setting out the basics behind him.

Whereas in front of the camera an exceptionally bold cast show a true range of affecting emotions. Ryan Gosling is particularly brilliant in his most vivid and impressive performance to date. He is known for his understated roles, but here he makes the bubbling under emotion feel more real than ever. In fact, the whole cast understand the importance of the piece they are creating together and there is a fear manifesting in each of them that propels the action forward.

Blade Runner 2049 is an essential piece of sci-fi cinema that genuinely surpasses all before it. It is more expansive, visual and momentous than the original and it searches deeper into the role of humanity on our planet. It is exceptional in almost every manner and is the real pinnacle of what modern day cinema can be.

5/5

 

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