‘Blade Runner 2049’ fascinates student

Sam Peterson, Staff writer

“Blade Runner 2049” is the movie of the year, and I highly doubt the upcoming blockbusters of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Justice League” could ever surpass this film, and here’s why.

Some brief background: “Blade Runner 2049” is set 30 years after the original. The main premise of both films is that humanity is manufacturing androids to fuel their industrialist interplanetary society. These “replicants” look and act mostly the same as humans, but they are smarter, stronger and perceived as far too dangerous. As a result, replicants are banned on Earth.

Any illegal holdouts are hunted down by special Blade Runner detective units.

“Blade Runner 2049” is the type of movie you could get lost in. The film’s vision of Los Angeles in 2049 seemed entirely natural.

Despite the flying cars and massive pyramids, the city has this disgusting, yet lived in feeling. Overall the cinematography, compliments of Roger Deakins, makes every frame look like it could be proudly displayed on a wall.

I really cannot describe the beauty accurately in this article, which speaks volumes to his amazing work.

The direction by Dennis Villeneuve is long winded, but needs to be. Since the movie deals with larger subject matter in the form of “what it means to be human” and “what we perceive as real,” Villeneuve realized he could not just tack on the theme as an afterthought.

“Blade Runner 2049” is the theme, and that’s the core of why I’m finding myself enamored with this movie.

It is not desperately trying to please you. There is no fan service. Villeneuve and his staff had a vision, they voiced it and did not care if you wanted to listen. Personally, I think this movie was a siren song.

Every frame is mesmerizing, and the acting is magnificent. I left the theater thinking deeply about it and still cannot get it out of my head.

I was never bored, despite the run time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, which is why it’s so strange this movie had a simply massive budget — $150 million dollars to be exact.

Increasingly blockbusters are becoming titanic investments, because even though technology exists to make anything, it is outrageously expensive. For instance, “The Hobbit” trilogy cost $745 million dollars to make, according to Forbes magazine. Therefore, one flop could mean death for a production company.

“Blade Runner 2049” unfortunately fits perfectly into this mold. Apparently, audiences are not buying tickets, possibly due to the run time, or alternatively because it makes no effort to normalize the universe. Either way, it’s a shame studios are getting punished for taking these wonderful risks.

I firmly believe “Blade Runner 2049” is the full realization of modern cinema. It is a high budget movie that is as perfect as a Renoir painting. Even if this film is a financial disappointment, how could any studio ever be ashamed of boasting this modern masterpiece?

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Justice League” will tell a story, but they will also make sure you get that next ticket.

“Blade Runner 2049” has no such shackles on what it’s trying to tell you, and hopefully viewers listen to what it says.