Blade Runner 2049: A Review

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

So I finally got around to seeing Blade Runner 2049 on Saturday.

(Newsflash: I don’t rush out and see any movie on opening weekend anymore. Which meant my wife and I were among a group of eight souls in the entire theatre. It was gloriously devoid of people on their cell phones, talking during the movie, etc.)

I was, and still am, a huge fan of the original 1982 Blade Runner. This sequel, while quite good, came up short by comparison. The original was darker, holding to that theme even during the rare daylit shots. Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty was the most interesting character in the film, followed by Edward James Olmos’s Gaff and finally Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard.

The sequel tried to get the same feel, but failed. Perhaps that can be attributed to the recent glut of dystopian films.

Now, as to the storyline itself (WARNING! BEYOND HERE LAY SOME SPOILERS!!!):

Three decades later and there are still Blade Runners at work. Instead of chasing down Replicants (skin jobs) with four-year long lifespans, they are now hunting Nexus models with no preset termination date looming over their heads. There’s even a skin job working as a Blade Runner.

Officer K (Ryan Gosling) uncovers a mystery (nope, you don’t get all of the spoilers – you’ll have to watch the film) that could rock the established social structure between natural born humans and the replicants they have created.

K sets out to solve the mystery and begins to wonder if he is more deeply entwined within the mystery as he uncovers each new piece of the puzzle. Outside forces are watching his every move – his boss Lt. Joshi (Robin Wright), the mysterious Freysa (Hiam Abbass) and Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) – as his search leads him to the self-exiled