To get 100% positive review from film critics who write on Variety, The Telegraph, Empire, and The Guardian is not an easy task. "Blade Runner 2049" did it. Also, it has an overall 81% score on Metacritic, the website which gathers all the film reviews from the biggest newspapers, magazines, and websites. On the other hand, the box-office results are not overwhelming as so far the Movie has been grossed $157,995,840 and the production budget was more than 150 million dollars. However, the Scott Free Productions, legendary Ridley Scott's company, still waiting for the release in China, one of the biggest consumers globally.

The new Blade Runner is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in the USA and by Sony Pictures Releasing internationally. A closer examination must be done, in order to make a safe conclusion; Is "Blade Runner 2049" a success or not?

For me, as a film critic, the biggest asset of the movie is the director, Denis Villeneuve. His previous works are extraordinary; "Polytechnique" (2009), "Incendies" (2010), "Prisoners" (2013), "Enemy" (2013), "Sicario" (2015), "Arrival" (2016). For the last movie he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing, but he lost from the "LaLaLand" ‘storm’. It is safe to say that he is one of the most prolific directors of his generation.

In addition, the cast brings to the movie shine and a Hollywood 'boost'.

Ryan Gosling, as 'K', is the lead actor and the main villain is Jared Leto as Niander Wallace. Moreover, there is the legendary Harrison Ford who operates as the link between the new and the old movie. Gosling, who has already two Oscar nominations for his role in Half Nelson (2006) and La La Land (2016), gives a brilliant performance.

'K' is a LAPD officer, a limited-lifespan replicant with one task, to find and exterminate the first-gen models who are still illegally hiding out. However, as the movie goes on, the story becomes more complicated and more personal for 'K' and this is exactly the point in which Gosling gives this insight performance, without exaggerations.

Harrison Ford plays the cop from the first film, and he is amazing. He may not have a lot of lines, but his misanthropy and whimpering give to the movie a more funny perspective and as it is mentioned above, is the bridge from the old movie. Also, the cast includes names such as Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, and Ana de Armas.

The production design by Dennis Gasner and cinematography by Roger Deakins are both excellent and deserve at least Oscar nominations. Also, Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer provide a musical score which is perfectly bond with the image.


The music, the cinematography, the dialogues, everything in this movie shows how the future movies will be. There are those who argue that a negative thing is the length of the movie, more than 2 Hours and 30 Minutes!

I watched it in the last week and the feeling is still fresh. I am a big fan of the first ''Blade Runner'', so I was excited. However, the movie at the beginning is just a little bit slow, almost nothing happens. My excitement, however, kept me awake. As the movie goes, it absorbs you and fascinates you by the visual achievements. The music travels you in the future, although, the plot sometimes is simple.

For me, the movie has another aspect which makes it very important. I would call it a 'green' movie. It shows a not very distant future, in 2049, where sea levels have risen, air quality has worsened and the land outside of Los Angeles is just a dump. As the camera moving around the space, we witness a dystopic future.

This is an alert of how our future might be. Also, someone could argue that the whole movie is a critique of consumerism. In Los Angeles, everybody looks like hypnotized by the technology advancements. Everyone can have whatever he desires, but in a digital form, even girlfriends or boyfriends. Apparently, a question arises at the end of the movie and it is not about the replicants, but is this the future that we want?

When the movie ends you feel that you watched a short movie. It is the first time that I have this feeling from a movie. I wanted more. I still remember myself, sit there, watching the black screen and the credits, waiting for more. I have forgotten what Cinema-pleasure means and this movie reminds me that.