Blade Runner, a genre defining movie that set the template for how a dystopian future might look with a haunting soundtrack by Vangelis to accompany it, now comes the question did it need a sequel, well in my personal opinion, No.
That is not to say that the current movie Blade Runner 2049 is at fault, visually stunning yes, a great director attached Denis Villeneuve who respected what came before in the original, certainly and an equally haunting soundtrack, but for me at least as I left the cinema I could not shake that feeling – a movie that didn’t need a sequel. P.s The running time of this movie is longer than the original. It could have been shorter and still told it’s story adequately.
I suppose after that personal insight I better get down to telling the basic outline of this tale.Thirty years on and in place of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), we now follow the path of Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a more modern incarnation of the Blade Runners working for the L.A.P.D. While seeking down replicants to hunt down and destroy, he uncovers a secret from the past that has chance to upset the balance of the society and cause chaos in it’s wake. The more he investigates, he is lead on a quest to find Deckard, who has gone of the grid and unfound for some 30 years.
Well normally I would summarise my opening point but I think that has been said, if there might be a fault in this movie it might be that it speaks more to fans of the original film, but might not appeal enough to the younger movie goers of today and may mean that the movie may not do as well at the box office as first thought when the idea of a sequel to the original Blade Runner was muted. A classic for fans, for modern audiences maybe just their movie of the week till the next one comes out.