REVIEW – Blade Runner 2049

Author’s Note: As per usual with a big blockbuster film, every possible care has been taken to avoid unnecessary spoilers. However, people have a different tolerance for spoilers so if you are someone who wishes to avoid every tiny detail or are particularly sensitive to spoilers, this is your advance warning.

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35 years. That’s how long fans of the classic sci-fi noir Blade Runner have waited for a sequel. It’s also how long fans of the Richmond football club had been waiting to return to the AFL Grand Final, but we don’t talk about that. We talk Blade Runner here. Bloody Richmond. Where was I? Oh yes.

Blade Runner 2049 is a brilliant piece of science fiction, filled with gorgeous imagery, philosophical quandries and open-ended interpretations. But, and I feel silly having to say this since you’ve all had a very long time to work out what Blade Runner is, I should stress that this is not a sci-fi action adventure romp. This is quieter, more noirish and certainly not a bombastic blockbuster. Apparently some people in my theatre weren’t aware of this yet. So now you know.

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REVIEW – Arrival

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Over the last week, roughly half of planet Earth appears to have been hoping for the aliens to arrive and take over, making any unpopular appointment of a human world leader completely moot. But, while it might sound nice in fantasy, it does raise the question – How would humanity cope if aliens were to arrive on Earth? Particularly if the aliens’ intentions were unknown.

This, rather clunkily, leads me to this review for Arrival. the latest film by rising visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and an adaptation of the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. Coming into this movie, I really wanted to love it, and….. I liked it a lot.

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