I recently watched this sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner and enjoyed it. It continues the theme of what happens when, in a dystopian future society, technology enables the creation of ‘replicants’, human-like synthetic creatures that are almost impossible to distinguish from human beings. In this film, it explores the possibility that they might become able to reproduce.
Although the film has plenty of CGI effects, these did not dominate the story and were subdued, used to drive the story along rather than dazzle the viewer. I also liked the fact that the director eschewed action and quick cuts and instead was willing to have long scenes that developed slowly. The focus was on the characters and story and ideas. In that respect, it reminded me of 2001: A Spece Odyssey. I was a little apprehensive of watching Blade Runner 2049 at first because of its long run time of 2 hours 40 minutes but like the equally long 2001: A Spece Odyssey but despite being slow-moving, I did not find it dragging at all.
The DVD had the usual trailers for films and some of them were for action-packed ones like Justice League. Watching the trailer, I realized that I quickly get bored with fight and chase sequences, even the short clips in trailers, which is largely why I dislike so-called action films. These fights are supposed to liven up films but they have the opposite effect on me and I am impatient for them to end so that the story moves along. It seems like once one has seen one fight or chase scene, one has seen them all. This film had few fights and only one extended fight scene, which was tolerable.
Here’s the trailer.