‘Bladerunner 2049’ impacts audiences with philosophy, stunning visual effects

Angel Rosas, Staff writer

Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is a visual master piece that elevates the genre of science fiction film and questions what it means to be human.

“Blade Runner 2049” follows Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, a blade runner and hunter of synthetic humans,
as he uncovers a secret that has the potential to change the fabric of their dystopian society.

On his search for the truth, he comes across Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years and has secrets of his own.

The two-hour epic held my attention from start to finish and may be one of my favorite films of all time. It would be criminal if the creative minds behind it aren’t given some sort of accolade for their achievements.

However, I would be lying if there wasn’t a flaw to this sci-fi flick. The fact is that the average movie goer usually isn’t in the mood to be sitting for two hours watching ambiguous scenes that seem to lead nowhere, introspective dialogue about being human, and deep philosophical themes. The proof is in the ticket sales sadly.

The film begins slow to develop the main character and build the world, which may have put some people to bed. But when it hits the fan, you are locked in for the ride. Although the twists and turns keep your eyes open, what I loved is how it gives you scenes where you can breathe, feel and think. There are some beautiful scenes that are en- grained in my memory and give me chills just thinking about them.

It also has some Easter eggs for fans of the first installment, but it isn’t a sequel that requires you to watch the first one, though it does help. “2049” makes the assumption that the audience is somewhat intelligent, can make some logical inferences and doesn’t spoon feed information.

The unanswered questions and open-ended plot will cause many debates and arguments for years to come. And if I were to try to address every idea or question the film brought up, this review would turn into a novel.

What I can say is that if you are person who is still debating whether Leo was in a dream at the end of “Inception” then “Blade Runner 2049” is the film for you.