When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Written by
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Speaking of pressure, Denis Villeneuve admitted that he was initially hesitant to take on such an iconic property: "It's more than nervous, it's a deep fear. I mean when I heard that Ridley Scott wanted to do another movie in the Blade Runner universe, at first my reaction was that it's a fantastic idea, but it may be a very bad idea. I'm among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner (1982). It's one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema. I'm coming from a small town in Quebec where, at that time, there was no internet and the way to be in contact with movies were those American fan magazines like Fantastic Films and Starlog and I still remember the shock, the impact of seeing the first frames, the first pictures coming out of Blade Runner. Me and my friends were in awe, so excited and the movie was such a strong cinematic experience. A new way of seeing sci-fi." See more »
When Luv takes K to the room where the data files are stored, the heavy door jams about half way when opening. She then uses physical strength to open it with her hands (with no apparent effort), but she is wearing elegant shoes with heels on a slippery floor. It would be physically impossible for her to apply enough force on the heavy door to open it without having a good grip on the ground, regardless of her superhuman strength. She would normally slide away when trying. See more »
The film's title is hidden in the opening text. The text ends with "Blade Runner" in red and the next shot says "California 2049", where "2049" is in red. The three red words make up the film's title. See more »
Similar responses to the original Bladerunner when it came out in 1982 (when feel-good hit ET was in theaters) and how people didn't know what to make of the then bleak, slow-paced Sci-Fi film. This is not unlike introducing Guardians of the Galaxy fans to 2049 today, an even darker, longer journey into the same Sci-Fi world. I can understand why some people might not like it, mostly due to attention spans and needing more explosions and violence with hyper-editing and a groovy soundtrack. This is not a knock on those movies, this is just a different genre. And just like the original, not everybody gets it or truly appreciates what has been accomplished here. This is a BIG movie, with a mystery that leaves you thinking and knowing that no matter what your first opinion is, a second viewing is required to even begin grasping everything you just saw. And not everybody wants to do that because they don't want to be challenged. They want the eye-candy action, a foot-tapping soundtrack and a vegetable soup ending spelled out for them (in 2 hours or less). So no, this movie is not for them.
However, if you're a fan of the original Bladerunner and that particular dystopian world, this movie takes it to another level. After seeing the original film, I remembering wondering what the world outside of the dark LA nights in 2019 would be like? And that is just one of the ways 2049 has expanded that notion, leaving an open door to an even bigger world with deeper questions beyond it. Yes it is a long and relatively slow paced movie (by design), and so was 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. And yet just like that movie as well as the original Bladerunner, over time, this too will get more and more appreciation with age (and wisdom) for those who truly appreciate the art of film-making. It's not perfect, no movie ever will ever to everybody will it? But it is an amazing achievement and I look forward to my next viewing with different eyes, taking in what I may have missed because there is so much to see and overlook.
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