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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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Greenhouses on the farm in the opening scene have label "TSELINA" on them. It is a Russian word meaning "virgin land". See more »
While exploring the abandoned casino, K gives a casual one-handed spin to a roulette wheel. The soundtrack adds the rattling noise of a roulette ball (or pill) landing in a pocket, even though K clearly does not pick up a ball or launch one.
Only about two-thirds of the wheel is seen before K spins it, so the ball could have been sitting in the non-visible third ; and the camera quickly cuts away, so it could not be seen flung out and spinning. 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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