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Blade Runner 2049 is a pretty good sequel to the original. The first Blade Runner was ground breaking with the mixture of cultures, technology and the dystopian look of 2019 L.A. The new Blade Runner takes all those elements and kicks it up by a factor of 10 and is even more dark and moody than the first. Ryan Gosling does a fine job as the next generation of blade runners tasked to hunt down the remaining Nexus 6 androids that do not have an expiration date.The visuals and sound are excellent, this film deserves to be seen in the biggest state-of-the-art digital theater. The deep soundtrack will tax even the best sound system and the dense visuals are an homage to the original. The visuals are always clear but very dark with lots of shadows, this is a dystopian future after all.Early reviewers were advised not to reveal any of the plot because this is one film best viewed fresh without any preconceptions. It's a lot of fun.Plan ahead. The first Blade Runner came out in 1982 and we were a lot younger, now 35 years have passed and our plumbing has aged. I mention this because Blade Runner 2049 is 2-3/4 hours long and you don't want to leave to pee during the last hour when Deckard appears and the action ramps up. Wayne
The Hans Zimmer soundtrack is as important as the visuals. The original 1982 Blade Runner score was composed by Vangelis and for the sequel the Hans Zimmer - Benjamin Wallfisch team want to go with the same feel, but darker.I just picked up the soundtrack and uploaded a sample (2049.flac) to give you all a hint of what you are in for. To get the full theater effect download the file and play on your main system at about 90dB, but don't blow anything up! 99% of members systems won't be able to handle this cut at reference Dolby levels which is why you need to hear it in a state-of-the-art theater.Blade Runner 2049 SampleWayne
Gotta say the millenial responses I've read to this movie are... disappointing. Ironic, considering the original film was also considered a disappointment and not well understood. They don't seem to be putting two and two together. More and more it seems this type of epic visual storytelling just goes over their heads. Everything has to be obvious and preferably viewable on a laptop or phone.Luckily the Top Critics at RottenTomatoes have unanimous praise. I had to read some of those to remind myself there are people who still know how to watch movies. Christ.
There are a lot of things I do not like about Millennials. Entitled and practically unteachable with a shitty work ethic. I would not classify them as dumb however.
I think he meant dumb as in we were all 'dumb' at that age.
I saw the original movie when it was first released and liked it, somewhat, though not strongly. I appreciated it as art more than I enjoyed it as a film - it did not draw me in. I think it was because Harrison Ford's character was completely uninteresting to me. Plus IMO he's a lousy actor and doesn't have "IT" so that didn't help.But now you all have got me re-interested in the film and the Final Cut version was on TV the other day so I watched that. Not sure why, but I REALLY liked it this time around. Too long between viewings to compare the original version with the Final Cut so not sure if that was the reason. Both HF and his character remain completely uninteresting to me, thus still didn't draw me in. None of the characters did, except for Rutger Hauer's final scene. Perhaps I am in a different place and more open to appreciate and just enjoy the film.So now I'm all excited to see 2049 this weekend. Thanks for posting!
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