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Blade Runner 2049 (IMDB link)

In short, superb.

Full review: (Beware, contains spoilers)

There is so much symbology and meaning in this film that it should stand out as a masterpiece of theology as much as anything else.

About the film.

Visually stunning with some effects that will have you questioning what you are seeing, but in a good way. (Look for the four hands one body!) The story is both different and the same as the first Blade Runner. Beautifully shot, well-crafted and superbly acted, and whilst not as under stated as the original, a film in its own right. One that will stand on its own, and I think will stand the test of time, much as the original did/does.

There is a “twist” which is shown fairly early on, which might make the viewers feel cheated as they think they have figured something before it should have been shown. But this is a clever plot/ploy point which helps show the main protagonists character development, IMHO. I won’t give too much away as to say all it not as you might think it is.

Some people have complained that they feel this film is dragged out. I beg to differ. I feel that it adds a depth which is only fully explained in the final scenes which are incredibly reminiscent of that of Rutger Hauer’s “tears in the rain” epiphany moment.

This leads me to the theology of the movie.

Buried at the foot of a dead Yggdrasil are the bones of Eve, (or in this case Rachel) who gave birth to a whole new generation. Mankind has merged with his creation. Or in other words, the gods have lain with their creation and created a demigod.

As “K” (Ryan Gosling) battles with his existential angst; does something which was not born have a soul? He learns, grows and becomes more than what was made. And like Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) comes to realise that all life is precious and ultimately temporary. Life should be celebrated.

Probably the film of the year for me.

One question though: Why is it always bloody raining?