Blade Runner 2049 (2017) by Denis Villeneuve
What makes one human? Memories? Emotions? A sense of self? Purpose? Blade Runner 2049 tackles these questions as you slowly simmer down into this vivid imaginative world that seems familiar yet forthcoming, where technology has blurred the lines between the artificial and the real, and ecosystems are no more. In a society both divided and fraught, Officer K, a replicant, is charged with hunting down and ‘retiring’ older rogue models. He embraces his own artificiality until a possibility is revealed to him. He questions his humanity. Revelation follows revelation. A silent tension runs through the entire film, that conceals as much as it reveals. Roger Deakins paints every frame with light. The visuals simmer in your mind long after it has been watched. It pulls you in deep down into this futuristic world, until you are completely immersed in it. The film is so richly intricate, that you will find something new with every viewing, just as impressed each time. Blade Runner 2049 is one of the greatest achievements in filmmaking, a masterpiece for the ages, not just in the science fiction genre, but for cinema in general. The greatest quality of director Denis Villeneuve is that despite the vivid imaginative worlds within his films, they are so deeply rooted in something that is so fundamentally human, that one cannot help but resonate with it.