Movie Review: When the Future Reveals the Past in Blade Runner 2049

One of the most anticipated movie of this year finally release. Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the Blade Runner (1982), which was starred  by Harrison Ford. Previously directed by Ridley Scott, but now he become executive producer.  Meanwhile Denis Villeneuve chosen as a director,  well known for directing Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015) & Arrival (2016).

Set in 2049, Tyrell Industries were taken over by Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) who bought the company and renamed Wallace Industries. The company is making a Nexus 8 Replicant (human-android) type, new Replicant that is considered more able to obey human orders. Although with a new breakthrough, there are still rebelled Replicants so Blade Runner had to exterminate them.

K (Ryan Gosling) is an LAPD police officer in charge of retiring them all. One of the targets is Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista). When in his location, K accidentally finds a replicant tomb traced to trigger chaos between human and the Replicants. There,  K also occur the past which made him restless. In his investigation he found the name Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Blade Runner LAPD member who has disappeared for 30 years. K tried to look for him, but was followed by Niander Wallace’s subordinate, Luv (Sylvia Hoeks). Did K meet Rick Deckard?

For 35 years, this film presents the future of  California city that makes the audience amaze. Visually the most striking thing in this movie, give an applause for the cinematographer, Roger Deakins. Our eyes will also be indulged by the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles until the Dystopia of Las Vegas in the future. In addition, the music of Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch feels solid and rhythmic in every scene.

In terms of the story, maybe if you do not follow the first movie will be a little lost, but we still can enjoy the story. As a helper, Denis Villeneuve and Warner Bros Pictures released a short film to Youtube titled Black Out 202 “, 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2048: Nowhere to Run. Well, these three short films will bridge the story of Blade Runner 2049. It’s just the weakness of this movie is duration,  total 162 minutes and plot so slow, so we should be a little patient.

Ryan Gosling looks promising as K, tough on the outside as Blade Runner, but fragile inside because of his past. The Academy nominee can manage the emotions so well. Harrison Ford as a key character, he does not appear so much but the connection is established. Ana de Armas completes the character of K with her role as a beautiful Joi AI (Artificial Intelligence).

The Antagonist character “Luv” by Sylvia Hoeks become the spotlight, the Dutch actress was cruel and made the audience really really hate her. Complete the movie, Blade Runner 2049 also stars by Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, and Lennie James.

So far, Blade Runner 2049 show great visual effects and CGI that spoil the eyes, solid cast ranks and reveals the past in the future. Denis Villeneuve also successfully balance the predecessor movie Blade Runner. Now on cinemas, check the schedule and buy your online tickets here.

 

Review Film: Tersenyum & Terharu Menonton La La Land

Sukses menyabet 7 piala Golden Globes membuat semakin penasaran apa yang beda dari film drama musikal arahan Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). La La Land dibintangi Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend dan Rosemarie DeWitt.

Ditulis oleh Damien, film ini mengisahkan kisah Mia (Emma Stone) seorang barista di  Warner Bros Studio yang bercita-cita menjadi seorang aktris dan mengikuti puluhan audisi di Los Angeles. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) seorang pianis yang ingin mempertahankan musik Jazz dan membuat bar sendiri namun kesulitan financial. Pertemuan mereka berawal dari klakson kesal di kemacetan jalan tol Los Angeles, restoran tempat Sebastian bermain piano hingga sebuah pesta yang akhirnya membuat mereka mengobrol panjang dan saling bertukar cerita mimpi masing-masing.

Semakin hari mereka pun semakin dekat dan berpacaran. Mia yang letih kegagalan beragam audisi disarankan Sebastian menulis nasah drama sendiri. Karena sudah tinggal bersama, Sebastian pun harus mencari pekerjaan tetap dan akhirnya terpaksa bergabung di band jazz mainstream The Messengers, yang diajak teman lamanya Keith (John Legend). Mia yang gugup akan penampilan drama solonya, mempertanyakan dimana sosok Sebastian yang seharusnya memberikan dukungan namun sibuk tur bersama bandnya. Apakah mimpi Mia dan Sebastian akan terwujud?

Mungkin cerita La La Land sederhana, pasangan yang ingin mewujudkan dan saling mendukung. Namun di sini berbeda, akting dari Emma Stone dan Ryan Gosling sungguh menyihir film ini. Ditambah musik score dan lagu-lagu arahan Justin Hurwitz yang sukses membuat kita tertawa,tersenyum, menghentakkan kaki hingga meringis sedih.

Penyutradaraan Damien Chazelle sudah tidak diragukan lagi, saya sudah terpukau dengan adegan pembuka film di kemacetan flyover dengan 100 lebih penari yang menyanyikan Another Day of Sun.  Penampilan Ryan dan Emma cukup membuat kagum ketika menyanyikan A Lovely Night dan tap dance di Hollywood Hills. Tidak ketinggalan siulan Ryan Gosling dalam lagu City of Stars dan puncak manisnya ketika mereka menyanyikan lagu Planetarium, kemudian kembali haru saat Emma Stone dalam lagu Audition (The Fools Who Dream). Rasanya setiap lagu memberikan cerita yang terngiang di kepala.  La La Land memberikan rasa pahit-manis yang membuat kita tersenyum serta terharu menontonnya.