Plot: Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a blade runner, a replicant tasked to track down and neutralize other replicants, older models that have gone into seclusion to avoid capture and retirement. When he hunts down Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), a replicant living as a peaceful farmer, K finds himself drawn into a scenario beyond anything he could have expected. A discovery is made buried on the site where Morton lived, one that opens all kinds of potential concerns and makes K question most of what he has always believed. As he follows the clues and tries to unravel the mystery, he winds up on the trail of a fellow blade runner, an old school hunter known as Deckard. As he tries to piece together the truth, he has to race against a corporate presence seeking to bury the truth, all while facing his own internal demons.
Entertainment Value: Blade Runner 2049 is a beautiful, polished series of visuals that never fails to dazzle the eyes. The movie is a visual feast from open to close, with a constant flow of dynamic, well crafted visuals to soak in. I found this movie to be a technical marvel, a visually charged experience that offers big special effects that look better than most. But to me, Blade Runner 2049 sums up popcorn Hollywood in a nutshell, a big, expensive visual effects spectacle that falls apart once you take a closer look under the hood. The narrative tries to hard to be thought provoking, but it comes off as shallow and pretentious. The ideas explored here have been done countless times before and better, leaving us with a storyline that fails to engage, so the movie leans on the splashy special effects. I did appreciate most of the performances, with Ryan Gosling turning in some of his best work, but Jared Leto and Harrison Ford are lackluster at best and really drag down their scenes. I know putting Ford into the movie was a sure fire nostalgia boost to please fans, but it is a wasted thread here and nothing of note is done with that angle. I still think Blade Runner 2049 is a solid movie, but it is little more than the usual Hollywood big budget spectacles out there, hoping to distract us with bright colors and shiny lights, so that we won’t notice the lack of depth. Worth a look, but keep your expectations in check.
A couple topless scenes and some bare asses, but that’s all the nakedness. The much discussed threesome is overblown, with no sleaze and visual effects that are fine, but not the masterwork some have claimed. The action scenes yield some bruises and what not, but the movie has minimal bloodshed. A couple spikes of violence jolt the movie, but again, nothing graphic or overly memorable. The action is passable, but doesn’t feel epic or all that kinetic. I found the fight scenes to be rather dull and even the climatic showdown comes off as bland, in my opinion. The visual effects are a cut above the usual Hollywood bloat however, which is nice. The dialogue is fine, but comes as quite pretentious at times, in hopes of seeming deep and contemplative, which just isn’t the case at all. The movie doesn’t earn the depth it desperately wants to have and could have achieved, had the focused been on the story and characters, not special effects and shiny things to distract us. Leto’s performance is so bad it is almost humorous, but falls just short of camp value. No real craziness in this one, just a straight forward Hollywood popcorn sci/fi action flick.
Overall Insanity: 0/10