"Reel Reviews: ‘Blade Runner’ sequel: Effects super, plot not so much " by: Jessica Shepard

   Clocking in at official two hours and 44 minutes, the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel is about 45 minutes longer than its predecessor.
   Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.
   K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for 30 years.
   Both incorporate elements of Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 story, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
   I haven’t personally read the story, but, it’s now on my list.
   The film is a sort of slow-burn and requires a decent working knowledge of the first.
   Plus, you get to see all kinds of new gadgets and devices while keeping in-line with how groundbreaking the first film was.
   Visually, it’s stunning and pays careful homage to the original.
   Even with the advancements in cameras and CGI now, it’s even more in-depth.
   The soundtrack helps submerse you in the world of 2049 Los Angeles and serves as an anchoring backdrop in a muddy storyline.
   And that’s the real drawback here – the plot falls short.
   In fact, it has a twist in it that only served to aggravate me.
   After all, when two-thirds of a movie is set one way, only to have a twist climax in the middle to leave you confused – who wouldn’t be annoyed?
   Dave Bautista couldn’t even save the film; but, he does play an unusual role this time.
   Well, up until he does what former wrestlers turned actors do – smash things and people.
   Jared Leto’s method acting went up a whole other notch for his role as Niander Wallace, the brilliant android manufacturer that wants to be a god.
   The actor used contacts to imitate blindness and truthfully obscured his vision for this part.
   That’s a lot of dedication to a guy that doesn’t have a lot of real screen time.
   If anything, overall, it is worth the watch on the big screen and certainly gives us another glimpse into the Blade Runner franchise.
   To be quite honest and fair, the original also didn’t measure up for the masses but gained a cult-like following after the fact.
   Perhaps this one will, too – just make sure you’re paying attention or you’ll miss out!
   The movie made almost $82 million in its debut and is rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.

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