2010 - 2017

Blade Runner 2049 [2017] ★★★½

Other Sci-Fi filmmakers will have to work hard to match the brilliance of Denis Villeneuve’s masterful “Blade Runner 2049”, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic. What? A sequel that doesn’t suck? You heard it. The original had Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a blade runner who hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants. Having vanished for 30 years, it’s up to K, a young blade runner (Ryan Gosling, never better), to look for him (I won’t say why or how). Gosling isn’t the only one trying to find him. Enter Jared Leto’s Wallace, a merciless replicant designer with an agenda of his own. It’s hard not to be spellbound, from the word go, with eye-popping special effects and mesmerizing images to keep you hooked-up at every turn. Kudos to cinematographer Roger Deakins for making this completely immersive world a believably living presence. And kudos to Canadian director Villeneuve for keeping his perfect streak intact (he’s now six-for-six, following “Incendies”, “Enemy”, “Prisoners”, “Sicario” and “Arrival”). In lesser hands, the personal tale of K’s search for answers could have been silly. But Gosling and Villeneuve make it work beautifully. This mind-bending hunt is reflected in the haunting score by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer. Not to mention the terrific action scenes and an ending that fills you with a sense of wonder. Gosling, his face a reflection of conflicting emotions, is simply perfect in a performance that people will talk about for years to come. Without him, “Blade Runner 2049” might be difficult to warm-up to at first. With him, the film gets inside your head and emerges as something breathtaking and unforgettable. It’s one of the best sequels of all time.

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