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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2018, 12:40:34 AM »

I thought that the hype was undeserved. Multiple critics said that the sequel was better than the original. That is simply a crazy thing to say. The entire movie is a callback. The look, the music, the characters, and the plot all would not exist without the first one. The sequel adds very little to the mythos. We still never leave Earth and rarely leave Los Angeles. The writing was fairly weak and has major plot holes.

Jared Leto is the new Tyrell. He is blind, a callback to Joe Turkelís version who also had bad vision and got his eyes ripped out. They really donít even try in Hollywood anymore do they? He wants a child that the first pregnant replicant gave birth to. That is the plot. Apparently if one wants a slave army it would be faster to impregnate female replicants rather than make them in the lab because it takes too long. Um... does this corporation realize that it takes 20 years to make a baby into an adult? Really it takes 20 years to grow a replicant? The original never mentioned thisÖ because itís fucking ridiculous.

Right off the bat we know Gosling is a replicant, so we donít really care much about him. Then we find out that his girlfriend is an interactive piece of software, a basement dwelling nerdís wet dream cum true. This makes us like him even less and of course we donít give a shit about a character whoís made out of code. I thought that Leto's performance was very good actually. He should have had more screen time. Gosling was fine, but he plays it deadpan. Ford was tremendous as always, but he also is barely in the film.

I was wishing that they had gotten Rutger Hauer for this because maybe he could have saved it. The main baddie is a two-dimensional female terminator, not exactly the poetic psychopath Roy Batty. It starts off strong with a good performance by Batista, but heís quickly out of the movie. They have a great fight scene but thatís the last action you will be seeing for hours. Did I mention that this movie is 2049 hours long? It felt like it anyways. And for no reason really. Itís a fairly simple detective story that leads to an unsatisfying ending where plenty of loose ends are left hanging. They must have planned a sequel but thatís not going to happen now as this bombed at the box office badly. I can see why people didnít turn out. Itís boring. There is a little more action at the end but it was not nearly enough. The story loses momentum by Act 3.

I would say that this was a missed opportunity but really that occured in 1993 when the Ridley Scott Directorís Cut came out on video. It sparked a new interest in the film and that would have been the time to bring it back.

The whole ďis Deckard a replicantĒ theory is weakly not dealt with. At least take a stand on it one way or the other. There are vague hints about it from Olmos but nothing certain. The music also was a big letdown. They didnít even try. For the ending they just straight up replayed Vangelis.

I also did not like the way the movie fucked with the original story. They really just couldnít come up with their own, they had to add a ridiculous swerve to the 1982 film for no reason. I am saddened by the knowledge that this director is going to remake Dune.



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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2018, 11:04:23 AM »

Why do replicants grow?
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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2018, 01:02:37 PM »

They are shown to be either grown or formed inside of a giant plastic sandwich bag. They are "born" as fully grown adults when the bag is opened. How they are formed is never shown or explained. Another missed opportunity. I always thought that they were assembled like any non-biological robot would be.

The half replicant/human seems to have grown up as any normal child would with the exception of having a chronic health problem. How or why a replicant would be created with a functioning uterus and viable eggs that can be fertilized by human sperm is not explained. Apparently it was a secret Tyrell experiment.

So maybe the parts are so expensive to make that it would be cheaper to breed them? But one must assume the eggs are human and that the sperm is also human therefore the replicant is merely a surrogate. The offspring would be human and therefore could not legally be used as slave labor. It could not be programmed. It would not have superior strength and agility. So why not just do slavery the old fashioned way? Certainly the parts cannot be more expensive than the cost of educating, feeding, and training a child for 20 years? It's a half-baked concept.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2018, 02:33:52 PM »

Yeah I can't see the commercial value of something like that. It isn't that really the point of the Tyrell Corporation as they stated before?  Commerce is our goal here mr. Deckard More human than human that's our motto. Kind of thought that was the whole idea was that ultimately these things were products. Why on Earth would you make a product that can reproduce like a human being when a machine acting like a human being was one of your earlier stated problems?
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