Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 ★½

I thought I'd give this another try, having come away from it the first time not so much with disappointment, but with annoyance — the more I thought about the movie, the less I seemed to like it. But while the Roger Deakins porn is watchable as a kind of animated wallpaper, the film offers nothing but diminishing returns: both in the sense that I found it even more vapidly empty-headed the second time round, and because it fails to build any tension or interest over the course of its bloated running time. A Blade Runner sequel was a terrible idea from its very inception, but even so, this feels very much like a badly wasted opportunity.

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