Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Ada and I came to the theaters today thinking that Justice League was already released. We had looked it up on the internet and had mistaken theater times set in the future for theater times for the day. However, as we were parking, I found that the movie wouldn't release until November 17th. But since we were there, we went to the ticket lines to check out our other options.

This movie had awesome special effects.

I also liked the deep bass sounds in the movie.

Many scenes in the film portrayed vast, yet unpopulated areas and this gave them a sense of grandeur; it was deeply satisfying to watch. One scene, in particular, was a shot of a wall which immediately made me think of the Great Wall of China, but taller, straighter, and larger. In these same shots, the only moving object in the shot is a vehicle being driven by Ryan Gosling's character, "K".

Overall, despite failing to understand some of the dialogue and hence some of the plot, I enjoyed watching the film and would recommend it to fans of science fiction. With that being said, I would recommend watching Blade Runner (1982) (The Final Cut*) before the sequel for three reasons. First, plot from the sequel would spoil plot from the first. Second, plot from the first helps understand plot from the sequel. Third, and perhaps most importantly, your opinion of the first will likely be reflected in your opinion of the sequel.

Attached Trailers: The Disaster Artist (2017), The Commuter (2017), Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), Red Sparrow (2018), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Justice League (2017).

*I've yet to see the theatrical, but from my research on the different versions, I chose to watch The Final Cut first, because it is the closest to what the movie's director Ridley Scott envisioned.


Instant Comments:
The movie opens with an eye.
Cool hologram.
"Sometimes, in order to love someone, you have to be a stranger."
Looking at Deckard's dog, K asks, "Is he real?" Deckard replies, "I don't know. Ask him."
Not entirely sure what Wallace desired. From what I could tell, he wanted to obtain the technology to build Replicants that can reproduce - something that Tyrell was able to do. But why he wanted that, I didn't know. [One article I read said it was because humanity would need more Replicants than can be produced by just manufacturing. Various articles, however, point out that the ability for Replicants to reproduce would be problematic for the human world (i.e., the slavery of Replicants would likely have to end)]
Plot twist! Oh, you thought it was you?
I didn't understand why they traced "K". If the Replicants were interested in keeping the special child hidden, then putting a tracer on "K" that led Wallace to Deckard seems foolish. Note that I could have alternatively asked, if the Replicant faction put the tracer on "K", how was Wallace/Luv able to track him?
Decently open-ended ending.

Watched 20171104 Century 20 Daly City and XD
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Denis Villeneuve. 164 min

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