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Movie Review: Even Non Sci-Fi Fans Will Enjoy 'Blade Runner 2049'

by Todd A. Smith

 

(Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures) 

 

Disposable Workforce? 

 


With slavery, life would become so simple for those in power.


Work would get done.


Profits would grow.


And the slave masters would not have to respond to a true workforce, with unions and strikes.


The problem with human slaves is that they have souls, minds and opinions.


With those character traits, rebellion becomes inevitable.


In “Blade Runner: 2049,” the world is still reeling from the slave rebellion of 2020.


The bioengineered replicants, as the disposable workforce is called, launch a successful revolution, which threatens the natural order of their creator, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto, “Suicide Squad”).


Therefore, Wallace creates a newer model of bioengineered slaves or blade runners to hunt and kill any remaining replicants.


The blade runner known simply as “K,” played by Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) is a dedicated foot solider for his boss, Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright, “Wonder Woman”).


In “Blade Runner 2049, “K” is dedicated to his mission, but when he stumbles upon secrets and long buried information, his mission might have to be altered just a little bit.


“Blade Runner 2049” is the science fiction thriller that non-fans of the genre will even enjoy.


At a runtime of two hours and 43 minutes, non-fans might shy away from such an epically long science fiction film.


However, do not fret because the three hour film will fly by in a Los Angeles, not a New York, minute.


Many critics have compared “Blade Runner 2049,” to “Mad Max: Fury Road.”


While “Mad Max: Fury Road” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, “Blade Runner 2049” is an even better film.


The visuals are great as expected from a blockbuster science fiction film.


Director Denis Villeneuve created a dark and grimy West Coast to replace the common white sand beaches and mansions on the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


The blackout in 2020 as a result of the slave rebellion, unfortunately made gorgeous California look unrecognizable.


The fighting scenes are brutally violent and at times torturous.


Gosling is great as usual.


Although he might get Oscar buzz along with the entire film, “Blade Runner 2049” still does not represent his greatest work.


That distinction for the former “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” actor still belongs to “La La Land.”


Wright is her typical alluring self as “K’s” demanding boss.


Fortunately for the filmmakers and actors, the only moviegoers who will not like “Blade Runner 2049” will be those who absolutely hate the science fiction thriller genre.


Even if science fiction is not a person’s cup of tea, one will still have to admit that this tea is extremely dope.


But hopefully, the mad scientists of America will not think of any bright ideas after seeing “Blade Runner 2049.”


Unfortunately, America and basically every other country for that matter, has a history and fascination with slave labor.


Yes, with a disposable work force profits will become larger.


Yes, the workforce will cooperate more with the boss’ demands.


Yes, the work might get done more efficiently.


But what happens, when the disposable work force starts making disposals themselves?


 

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This article was published on Friday 06 October, 2017.
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