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Blade Runner 2049: Raises “Who Am I” To New Heights

Andrew Cohen, Staff Writer

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Epic! That is the one word I would use to describe Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 noir thriller that entranced audiences with its large scope and visual effects. Today, the sequel has again dazzled a new generation of moviegoers by doing what any Blade Runner movie is best at, which is innovating on the standard for CGI and special effects.

The movie is truly remarkable, and not just because the filmmakers were able to give us Sinatra as a hologram, but because they were able to increase the size of everything from the original. That includes the effects, the music, and most notably, the burning psychological questions.

Blade Runner 2049 follows Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling after his huge La La Land performance, as he discovers a buried secret that could destroy the relationship between the replicants and mankind. His case leads him to track down retired Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who is played by Hollywood badass Harrison Ford. While not having tons of screen time, Ford is there just enough to remind us of how much we missed the “lovely” guy. Ford also shows us that while he may be 75, he can still hit like he is 40.

In addition to the return of Ford, Gosling also brings an amazing spirit to the movie. Gosling, who plays LAPD Officer K, is the example that the movie does have powerful themes that aren’t overshadowed by its stunning visuals. The most notable theme is one that recurred in the original and it is the sense of Identity. Throughout the movie, this is the primary motivation for K and he will stop at nothing to get that.

That’s all I can say without giving too much away. You can catch Blade Runner 2049 in theaters now.

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