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Run the Blades: Blade Runner 2049 Review

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Three decades ago saw the release of what is considered as one of the most important films of the 20th century and possibly the greatest sci-fi story to ever be shown on film. in 1982 Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released to the world and gave moviegoers a look at what may be possible for our future in this cyberpunk classic. It has been 35 years since then, and the sequel is finally here and hopes to live up to the untarnished legacy that was created by its predecessor.

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Blade Runner: 2049 is a film directed by Denis Villenueve (Arrival) and the screenplay is written by Hampton Fancher, who wrote the 1982 film. It stars Ryan Gosling as the protagonist named “K” and Harrison Ford reprises his role as the blade runner, Rick Deckard. The film takes place 30 years after the events of the first movie and revolves around K and his role as an LAPD blade runner, a special police officer that is responsible for hunting down rogue replicants, who are human-like individuals.

The film immediately sets the tone for what is to come and the overall theme with a conversation between K and a renegade replicant farmer named Sapper (Dave Bautista). This is a movie with some truly dark story elements and themes throughout and this scene introduces this.

Viewers should not expect a bombastic, action-heavy film but one that is a long journey through the eyes of K and the world that has been formed around him. It is a movie that deals with some real-world issues that include things like societal control, and more personal elements like sacrifice and identity issues. Although it is a sci-fi thriller, it has distinct elements that one my find relate-able throughout its story within its characters. Each individual seems to have an important role to play in what is going on in this futuristic Los Angeles.

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One word that can be used to describe the film’s writing is that it is smart. It is trying to tell a story within a story and it succeeds at what it does because a majority of the conversations and flashbacks happen during the movie help build the world around it and the centralizing theme. Gosling delivers a great performance as K, who is dealing with his own personal demons as he is a replicant cop who hunts those that are like him.

The supporting cast in this film are equally as fantastic, Jared Leto delivers a small but believable role as one of the film’s antagonists. He is Niander Wallace, a mysterious billionare with a God complex who believes that he is saving humanity  by creating millions of replicants. Joi (Ana de Armas) is an individual in the film that utilizes its themes of lonesomeness and the feeling of being empty. She is K’s artificial intelligence that also serves as his lover, she is always in the form of a hologram so it makes for some very interesting scenes throughout their interactions.

Bringing Ford back for this film as Deckard makes the overall storytelling that much better. When he makes his entrance to the film, it is expected but still a joy to see this character on the screen again. The fight and conversation that takes place between K and Deckard propel the story in some ways and also helps viewers get a grasp of who they are as individuals and their motives. Blade Runner: 2049 tells a smart, well-crafted narrative with memorable characters. With this being said, there are some elements to the film that I thought were more special than the writing.

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Beautiful cinematography is what the first film was known for and it still holds up today, 2049 truly lives up to that with its visual and audio spectacle. Through the near three hours of this film I found myself in awe of what I was seeing take place on the screen. Everything from costume design to the camera work and lighting is some of the best that I have ever seen. It keeps up with the vision of the original film in which it builds a believable and visually striking environment to further move forward its narrative.

My favorite section of the film visually, is when K sets foot on a desolate wasteland that used to be the city of Las Vegas. There is an orange hue that covers the screen as K navigates through the city and walks among the destroyed statues, it is purely beauty in desolation. Visuals play a role in this film that is unlike others, most of the  experience isn’t through the writing in the story but within its well made shots of desolation and the futuristic cyberpunk world that captivated me.

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The film’s original score is composed by Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight) and Benjamin Wallfisch (It). As expected, it delivers some incredible sounds that match the feel of whatever is going on at any given time throughout.  Blade Runner: 2049 is a sci-fi sequel that lives up to every aspect of the original and even improves upon some of them. It is a film that will linger with audiences as they have their own interpretations about what is being told in this great narrative. It is a dark, sad and beautiful adventure that may be a bit too long at times but the payoff is worth it in the end. In 35 years time, people may look upon this film as they do the original.

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My name is Jeremy and I am 22 years old and currently a college student majoring in Journalism. I mainly write about games but I also am knowledgeable on Film and anime.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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