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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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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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