Review: Blade Runner 2049

Source: Nerdist

Humanity’s memories are defined by their mess. The individual, with their greatest will, unable to think back upon them in clear, perfect manner. It is a purposeful assertion to highlight mankind’s contrast with technological vision that supports nothing else but perfection and viability, most notably in terms of economic and capitalist success. Yet, if a machine was to believe their memories as messy or imperfect, could they then inherently believe themselves human? It’s an ideological question at the centre of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ that stood out to me, as a biblical parable of a man trying to find his father is shattered by the tragedy that is reality and truth. Eroticism and promotion of pleasure is similarly seen to be human, whether in a sexual manner, or in the superiority complex that one fuels through a thirst for killing. Denis Villeneuve cradles a permutating piece of art, one that speaks volumes thematically and in terms of character but is also delightfully supported by Roger Deakins as the masterful cinematographer. The visionary scope of his illustration is undeniably reflective of the decaying state of humanity or the soulless darkness of technological endeavour. It is a film that presents emotion and intellectualism in odd waves of human thrust, while also being truly fitting as a sequel. 5/5


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