The original film was not a flop, but its tepid business didn't scream sequel, either. I would say don't get punched by them. Blade Runner 2049 hinges nearly entirely on the latter, casting Gosling as an unflappable loner whose interactions with others can be put into two categories: killing someone or being ordered to kill someone.
After seeing what Scott has done to the "Alien" franchise, I have to admit I was quite relieved to see that he would not be helming this sequel but rather handing over the reins to a talented, younger director Denis Villeneuve. It is, above all else, a magnificent, nearly ideal realization of the world Ridley Scott began building in 1982. It doesn't have a director's cut, or even two. But I can solidly say that Villeneuve deeply understands Scott's world. Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most visually stunning movies made in recent times.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, LAPD Officer K unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. When K unearths a long-hidden secret that could send society into chaos, he embarks on a risky mission to uncover the truth, which leads him to finding the missing former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and understanding the ways of humanity. Gosling asked with a laugh. The book was set in 1992, after a nuclear war has destroyed much of civilization as we know it, and it follows Deckard, a bounty hunter tasked with eliminating rogue "andys", the novel's term for androids. His good will and strength just meant the world to me.
Here's your guide to what to look for in the 1982 original. It's a sequence that wouldn't feel out of place in a horror movie, and all of that terror can be attributed to the incredible implementation of sound. And that, in itself, is no easy feat.
One of the fun debates that arose from the original Blade Runner was whether Deckerd himself was a replicant.
Time for a drink! By his side is second-in-command Luv (Sylvia Hoeks), who offers a more emotional, and certainly more terrifying presence than her otherwise well-mannered and reserved boss. It isn't just the way he enters a scene, or delivers a line; it's the way he becomes the scene.
Gosling's stoic and distant performance is actually a benefit to the character's existential crisis.
JARED LETO: (As Niander Wallace) Every leap of civilization was built off the back of slaves.
It's no surprise that this interview has garnered more widespread attention than most.
Why do you think the film still has the cult status today? An ability, as an actor, that you can't teach.
Harrison Ford courtesy of Warner Bros.
HARRISON FORD: (As Rick Deckard) I had your job once.
But, if the audience takes any one thing away from this film, it will undeniably be Villenueve's dynamic visuals, also brought to us by cinematographer Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men), and the powerful-yet-controlled action sequences born from them. However, if we are looking at it just as a film, it is a neo-noir standout with stunning visuals.
"They do not know what pain is yet".
The other big accomplishment of the film is how it addresses some of the questions and fan theories that the original film generated. Not because the film isn't engaging, but that the film requires so much of your time. But even more so, the original didn't exactly end with a concrete point to spawn a sequel or series. Its powerful elite remain ensconced in geometrical structures like long triangular prisms and pyramids, suggesting a myopia of vision and sympathy toward life and spirit.
Talk about Deckard. Where he has been since the last film and about the relationship he forms with K? Others haven't been as lucky, such as the sci-fi reboot that came out earlier this year, Ghost in the Shell. Have you ever heard Ford guffaw?
The film is rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.