During the gap of 35 years between the original Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, there have been several sci-fi movies and anime which have been inspired by this Ridley Scott masterpiece. Namely Ghost in a Shell, Akira, The Matrix, Dredd to name a few.
Denis Villeneuve has yet again proven himself as one of the best directors of our time. Directing masterpieces like Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners. The crew, both behind and in front of the screen, are very talented. Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Lennie James, Harrison Ford, and Ryan Gosling to name a few give their 100% to make the fiction of their characters as close to reality as possible.
The music score is by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer. There are certainly some traits in the score which have been inspired by the original movie. Hans Zimmer yet again proves why he is one of the best artists currently in business. The electronic OST of Blade Runner 2049 clocks a little over 100 minutes. With Memory and Rain being one of the best tracks in the movie.
The story is woven in such a way that it follows the path of an LAPD officer who has been given a task to find something. It never feels like a sequel during the first half as we try to figure out what has happened during the past 30 years. There is one particular scene during the first half where Officer K(Ryan Gosling) comes back home. His significant other is eager to ask him about his day at work. Soon we realize that she is a holographic AI. Will we humans be this lonely in the future? Sitting in the theater and imagining, if this is what our world will look like 30 years from now; can send chills down anyone’s spine. Should we be scared or excited about what’s to come? That’s the only thing I can say without spoiling anything.
The movie certainly takes a bit inspirations from Her(2013) and Westworld(2016). It chooses to dwell on the path as close to realism as possible which helps us relate more to the characters. Visually the movie is a treat, in spite of having to wear 3D glasses. Which I personally don’t prefer. The movie never fails to give us our money’s worth. I would suggest you to watch this movie on the largest screen available with the loudest of music. The action pieces are really mind-blowing as a soundtrack of blaring music suddenly creeps into utter silence. Overall, Blade Runner 2049 is an excellent follow up to the 1982 movie. Personally, it might even be a better movie overall in comparison. A must watch for sure.