Blade Runner 2049 takes place after The Blackout where all electrical systems fail and there’s also an ecological disaster (all trees seem to be dead). Ryan Gosling plays K., an LAPD Blade Runner who tracks down replicants (aka, androids) who are treated like slaves. Gosling discovers a secret that becomes a quest between him and the Wallace Corporation (who manufactures the replicants). Gosling finally tracks down Harrison Ford (who played Deckard, a Blade Runner, in the original Blade Runner). Action sequences are unleashed!
At 163 minutes, Blade Runner 2049 is too long. While production designer Dennis Gasner (The Truman Show and Skyfall) makes Blade Runner 2049 look cool and futuristic, it’s not enough. The Coen Brothers’ cinematographer, Roger Deakins, captures some eye-popping images in this movie. But the meandering script and the lack of surprises in the plot hamper Blade Runner 2049. Expectations for an opening weekend Box Office of $40 million fell short (only $31 million). Word-of-mouth might not help this film. GRADE: C+