By Gabe Galligan – Collegiate Staff
Thirty-five years ago the original “Blade Runner” film arrived in theaters. The film is of the neo-noir science fiction genre and was directed by Ridley Scott. Its soundtrack, composed by Vangelis, was critically acclaimed and was nominated in 1983 for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award and Golden Globe for best original score.
The film is set in the year 2019 in a dystopian Los Angeles. While the story is paced unusually and can be hard to follow at times, the basis of it is fairly simple. A powerful corporation called Tyrell Corporation bioengineers synthetic humans known as “Replicants” to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants escape back to Earth, a burnt-out cop named Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, reluctantly accepts an assignment to hunt them down, in a job known as a “blade runner.” On his quest, Deckard meets Rachael, an advanced Replicant who causes him to question his mission.
October 6, 2017, the sequel to the original film was released. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049” has been regarded by some as one of the best sequels ever made. It is a phenomenal film that you can watch and enjoy, even if you haven’t seen the first one.
Plot: Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. The discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Acting: Gosling is superb, as well as Ford. Their characters show a substantial amount of depth and the dialogue is well scripted. The supporting cast is also excellent, and includes Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, and Sylvia Hoeks.
Music: I found the music to be one of the greatest aspects of the movie. It was composed by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. The synth sounds will suck you into the movie’s retrofitted future and you will love it. Unless you are among the one percent of people who get a headache from it, in which case I apologize.
Action Sequences: From futuristic hover planes smashing into buildings to aerial missile attacks to knife fights, there is no shortage of intense, well-shot action sequences in this film.
Special Effects: The special effects in this movie will take you to a dystopian world that you won’t want to leave.
Length: Although the film is 2 hours and 43 minutes, it doesn’t feel that long because the movie never has any ‘slow, boring parts’ that drag the time on. Every minute is worthwhile, but since it is very long you will need to be prepared with popcorn and soda.
Final Score: 10/10. This is a sci-fi masterpiece that you won’t want to miss.