Blade Runner’s first installment starring Harrison Ford as Detective Deckard, a Blade Runner, blew the film enthusiasts out of water. Back then, Ridley Scott’s visionary portrait about the future with its high tech robot and cities set the new standard of sci-fi movies in the 80’s and nothing could come close. The first one left us hanging with the founder of Tyrell Corporation, who made the humanoids or so called Replicants was killed by his own creation. Deckard who is supposed to chase after the replicants and killed them surprisingly also found himself falling in love with a new model of replicant named Rachael, who had memories and emotional capabilities. It led him to escape with her in the midst of the never ending hunt by the human race to eliminate Replicants. The old models of Replicants was thought to be rebellious and could not last long and it became the starting point of the second film which was released thirty five years after the first one. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the second installment of the sci-fi flick is called Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling as Detective K, a Blade Runner who has a task to kill all the remaining Replicants from Tyrell Corporation who has escaped and hid from humans.
After the unfortunate death of its head, Tyrell Corporation was abolished. Then a new company called Wallace took place and claimed their new enhanced Replicants could be more controllable by humans. Detective K on a mission to hunt old models of Replicants met Sapper (Dave Bautista). To much of his surprise, this meeting revealed a fact that made him unsure about his mission. Detective K turned out to be a new model of Replicant made by Wallace. He also found an astonishing fact that Replicants could reproduce and gave birth. Afterwards, we could see how these characters were faced with dilemma and other setbacks. Denis Villeneuve managed to give emotional touch to the sci-fi film. The fact that such emotional encounter and dynamics was accompanied by stunning visual made our watching experiment very worthwhile. The scoring by Hans Zimmer was excellent and the feeling could be more enjoyable if you watch it on IMAX. However, there was less eccentric costume and make-up compared to the old Blade Runner and the whole movie lasts for 162 minutes. Grab your popcorn and drinks because a movie this long needs a great company.
Reviewer: Bonifasius Eiji/Editor: Novita Widia