Friday Flicks

Friday Flicks: Blade Runner 2049


Welcome to Friday Flicks! Every Friday I pick a movie and provide a little insight about from a viewer’s perspective.

Our movie today is fairly new, Blade Runner 2049, which was released 2017.

This is the first time I’m featuring a freshly made movie, so please bear with me.

BLade Runner 2049

Ratings:

  • IMDB – 8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
  • Me – 9.4/10

 

About the Movie

Directed by Denis Villanueve, this is the sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner. The characters were based from “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick.

The movie is 2 hours and 44 minutes long (I decided to have my dinner inside the cinema), released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters.

 

Plot

A young blade runner, K (Ryan Gosling), unveils some secrets of the life of previous blade runners also known as replicants, that prompts him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

For those who haven’t watched the first movie (like me, I just watched a Youtube summary to help me understand it before I go inside the cinema), replicants are genetically engineered/ biorobotic androids made by a rich corporation. They are not aware that they are replicants as they have some imprinted memories. They were declared illegal on Earth but some escaped and and made their way here. IN the current year 2049, the old retired replicants are being hunted down.

It’s a battle of humanity – mostly man vs. self. Should K do his duty and kill Rick? Or should he let him be, wherever he may be hiding?

 

Why You Should Watch It

Almost 3 hours of movie is worth it, at least for this movie. From the very first scene, I knew it will be unique from all the other sci-fi dystopian movies I’ve see before. I was surprised at how the movie will make you feel uncomfortable not only by the twists (yes, more than one) nor the really fucked up scenes, but by simply appreciating the cinematography. Most of the scenes are imbalanced, subjects are purposely located NOT at the center of the camera that will make your brain silently scream (especially if you have OCD), angles lingering a little too long that will make you wonder “is there something here I should be seeing? An easter egg perhaps?”, and soundtrack that is generally uncomfortable (there are scenes that are completely silent and some that are extremely loud).

They featured a lot of artists for minor roles like, the “oh I didn’t realize Batista is that old” (Dave Bautista):

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“Look at me, I’m the captain now” (Barkhad Abdi), and Black Mirror’s popular episode “San Junipero” star Mackenzie Davis:

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It will challenge your perception of reality. Are we really human, or are we dancer? Is my life a lie? Are the memories I remember accurate?

The combination of Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in one movie is surprisingly hot. Hot in terms of – holy hell! how can they portray such emotion just by looking at each other?

You will hate yourself after the movie but will be floating in cloud nine state of sci-fi film.

 

My Key Takeaways

  • We can’t be a hero to the world, but we can be a hero to someone. Ryan’s character in the movie is so torn about nearly killing himself or help someone else achieve their goal without any benefit on his part. K is a very strong character that made him the audience reflection of humanity, we will do the good thing, even without expecting anything in return.
  • Ask the right questions. Looking back, I realized one scene in the movie could have prevented the frustration of the audience. But then again, it will not be a great film if the writers and the director made it differently. The question is one-liner and can be easily answered by Yes or No. But.. you will realize that the question has a different interpretation from both sides. And this made the whole cinema groan, shout, cry.
  • Technology can do some miracles – and by miracles, I mean OMG, everyone looks human here. You will question the authenticity of the robotics story and the development of Sophia the robot. Is there a more advance technology the government is not telling us? Are there actual robots roaming around? Arrrgghhh.
  • Details can save your life. The main problem of the movie started when K observed a yellow flower on the ground where everything else that surrounds it is decaying. By this subtle detail, he was sent to tons of dangerous situations that may eventually save a lot of lives.
  • Love, Love, Love! Replicants or humans, we all want one thing – love. Agent K is living with a software hologram of a girl that can be upgraded and turn into a more realistic looking human girl after some purchases. He knows she is fake, he knows she was programmed to “love” him, but he doesn’t care.
  • It is genuinely a great movie that will stay with you days weeks, even months after you watched it. It will make your faith in not so loud marketing film and sequels, and probably sci-fi movies in general, restored.

 

Awards

Being fresh from last year’s released, Blade Runner 2049 is currently being nominated in a lot of award shows. As of date, the film is celebrating it’s first award:

  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography (2018)

 

Tasty Trivia!

  • The text from the baseline that K must recite is from Vladimir Nabokov’s poem “Pale Fire” (And blood-black nothingness began to spin / A system of cells interlinked within / Cells interlinked within cells interlinked / Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct/ Against the dark, a tall white fountain played)
  • There are three short films that fill the gap between the 2 movies: “Blade Runner: Black Out 2022”, “2036: Nexus Dawn”, and “2048: Nowhere to Run”.
  • Officer K’s role was written with Ryan Gosling in mind, he was the only choice for director Denis Villanueve.
  • Jared Leto decided to use opaque contact lenses to make it impossible for him to see, making his blind character, Niander Wallace, more realistic.
  • Secrecy and security while production was intense. The ending was verbally communicated, not even written to the scripts provided to the actors; supporting actors were provided 20 pages of random script that includes their character, they should make a decision to accept it or not within 36 hours; everyone was subjected to heavy non-disclosure agreement with heavy penalties should they violate; phones and cameras were forbidden in the sets; scripts can only be opened in a copied-proof device and will be deleted at a certain amount of time.
  • Emily Blunt was considered for a role but she declined due to her pregnancy.
  • Director Denise Villanueve didn’t want Dave Bautista o play Sapper as he thinks he is too young. He later changed his mind after seeing Dave’s screen test.

 

 

 

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