Movie Review | “Blade Runner 2049”

By Mica Wilhite

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Is Deckard a replicant or a human? This question has occupied “Blade Runner” fans since 1982, the year the original “Blade Runner” landed in theaters. The crux of the query is really about what does it mean to be human?

Officer “Joe” K (Ryan Gosling) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) play the part of Blade Runners, police officers tasked with “retiring” replicants. Never wanting to mistakenly kill a human, Blade Runners use the fictional Voigt-Kampff machine to distinguish humans from their assigned targets. The machine measures “bodily functions such as respiration, blush response, heart rate and eye movement in response to questions dealing with empathy.” Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another outside of ourselves.

What does it mean to be human is an engaging question to be sure, but as Ford says when comparing his role in the 1982 movie and now in the 2017 sequel, he would rather leave the audience with “great questions than great answers.” Having said that, he also contends replicants and humans are the same except humans are “just made in the fun way.”

Both the original “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049” are examples of phenomenal art direction that is both visually stunning and helps move the story forward.

Although a futuristic film in the science fiction genre, “2049” has a vintage inspiration seen when Officer K finds Deckard in an old Las Vegas casino. Music aficionados can look forward to a Sinatra serenade via hologram and an authentic C. Bechstein grand piano cameo.

“Blade Runner 2049” (100 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an PG- 13 rating for violence, sexuality and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then make plans to see what many describe as “the best sequel ever.”

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