This Might Be the Happiest Harrison Ford Has Ever Been

This Might Be the Happiest Harrison Ford Has Ever Been

This Might Be the Happiest Harrison Ford Has Ever Been

Blade Runner 2049 is also a film that should perform well overseas, particularly in markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea. Thankfully, director Denis Villenueuve (Enemy, Sicario) is behind the camera for the long awaited sequel - Blade Runner 2049. Released in 2007, this version of the iconic 1982 sci-fi film mixes and matches various scenes and edits from multiple previous editions, while digitally tweaking the visual effects, colors, and audio mixing in preparation for Blade Runner's inaugural release in high-definition formats.

Harrison Ford returns from the first movie in a role that feels more like sentimental fan service, but he does a fine job doing what he does best these days: being old and grumpy. Together with Michael Green, Fancher has found a way to blend the leaks from the original film into a complete modern tale that is highly entertaining and smart.

It's been 35 years since Blade Runner dazzled audiences. After asking what Ford's reaction was to being asked to do another Blade Runner film - and his response of "So what?" and "Show me the money!" Villeneuve and company have done the impossible and created a movie that is easily as good as the original and might even slightly top it. 2049 is the reason I love film and what keeps me excited to walk into a theater to see what is in store for me week after week. That is a rather awesome feat in and of itself, since "Blade Runner's" influence is so massive that no other filmmaker has even attempted to follow it up, save for Scott himself, who has offered up a handful of supplemental cuts over the years that tinker with the details of the story, an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". There are moments of odd and genuine creepiness; there are jarring sights that, without a single word, evoke hundreds of years of history; there's a desolate ache that makes the future seem both handsome and terrible. He's got chemistry with every member of the ensemble, and his interactions with the story's various characters reveal different aspects of his character in a way we never got with Deckard in the original. This startling revelation leads K on a journey to find Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Blade Runner who's been missing for 30 years.

"2049" picks up decades later. Scott instead went off to make "Alien: Covenant", and there seems to be some connection between the franchises. The Tyrell Company, that made all those replicants that went bad, is also gone. Even with an incredibly long running time of almost three hours, it leaves the audience wanting more and wondering how the time flew by so quickly.

Director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners) confirmed that Ford landed "a big punch".

And that's about all I can give you story-wise before the film is released without running the risk of having Sony make me disappear. By granting us access to his inner thoughts and deadpan observations, the outwardly inexpressive Deckard changes from cryptic cipher to likable hero, bringing the script's abstract emotional stakes down to earth and morphing the entire film around him in turn, as well as cementing Blade Runner's lineage in the tradition of classic LA detective fiction.

One character notes that you can distinguish real human memories from fake ones by their messiness. If it can't, then I'm still grateful to have received the "Blade Runner" sequel of my dreams.

It's hard to describe a plot that's drizzled in spoilers.

Less effective is the plot, which, this time around, there's just a lot more of.

Despite its scope and scale, it's a film filled with isolated people, aching loneliness and a quiet, dogged commitment to defining who or what we are. And where the first film had a unicorn, this one has a kind of Trojan horse. It's "Blade Runner"-inspired. I don't know what to say now". And I appreciate how the new film respects the sense of ambiguity that the first film maintained in its contemplation of replicants and humans.

Because the public revelation of this secret - to which I can offer no clues without Sony cursing my family for generations to come - could possibly cause worldwide upheaval, "K" is tasked by his superior Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) with erasing all evidence of it from existence.

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