Blade Runner 2049

Alexander Yagoda, Staff Writer

Release Date: October 6, 2017

Director: Denis Villenueve

Starring: Harrison Ford (Rick Deckard), Ryan Gosling (Officer K)

MPAA Rating: R

Our Rating: A-

There is no question about it, “Blade Runner 2049” is a good movie. This is supported by its significantly above-average Rotten Tomato scores: an overall 87% score. For reference, the original “Blade Runner” scored a 90%. From a statistical standpoint, a three point drop after 20 years is pretty good for a sequel (which are usually much worse than the original film).

Relationships really have evolved since 2017.

“It was a really great movie, but not really as good as the original,” freshman Laura Delgado said.

The thing that really sets “2049” apart from the original “Blade Runner” is its unpredictability. While the original “Blade Runner” was an absolutely fantastic film, the plot was relatively straightforward. However, the straightforwardness almost detracted from the story. There was no real mystery about anything; it was just hopping from one retirement to the next with the biggest deviation from the norm being Deckard’s eventual relationship with a replicant. On the other hand, “2049” takes that theme ten steps further, creating what may possibly be the most climactic anticlimax of the year so far.

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“The ending was pretty darn neat; I didn’t expect it at all, and when it hit, it really hit,” sophomore Aleksander Aguilar said.

If the tried and true combo of fantastic cinematography, fantastic soundtrack and Ryan Gosling are not enough, watch the movie for the ending. For many movies, the best part isn’t the end. It’s the adventure you have along the way; however, that is not the case here. The best part of the movie is undoubtedly the ending. It manages to be sad, yet interestingly enough, it also makes the watcher lose the need to feel sad. This in turn makes the watcher even sadder due to the nature of the protagonist and what happens to him at the end of the movie. It is a thrilling and heart-wrenching couple of minutes that more than makes up for any small problems in the rest of the movie. Overall, “Blade Runner 2049” is a terrific movie that most will enjoy with an ending that all will enjoy.