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I saw it last night and feel compelled to write a review. The original is somewhat hallowed ground, and given we've all be burnt by poorly done re-boots and sequels, I thought you might want some idea of how BR2049 stacks-up. I haven't read anyone else's reviews and for the most part avoided all of that as I wanted to see it for myself with an open mind. TLDR - It's a worthy successor. The plot and story telling are good (i.e. not a lot of spoon-feeding), and the acting and characters serve the film well. It's a little art-house at times (which personally I really like) but only in small doses. The visuals and art direction are superb. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely not a bad film. Plot & Story Telling I found it the plot quite good - it's not overly formulaic. The pace is good, a few slow moments but it never lags; a nice film to get absorbed into. I inwardly chuckled when the guy next to me reacted to something I had guessed at 10 minutes earlier (always a nice feeling). But even this morning I'm still reflecting on what certain bits of the story-telling meant - which is a good thing, there's a degree of complexity and subtlety which makes it all the more richer. I get so fed-up with films that spoon-feed the audience. Characters & Actors I have to confess, I'm not a massive fan of Ryan Gosling (I don't dislike him)... but on reflection I think he was very well cast. It took me a little bit to fully appreciate the character and how Ryan was playing him - and I think he does it really well. Harrison Ford, I'm relieved to say, was excellent - this is definitely not an comeback in the style of Indiana Jones. Ford's doesn't overplay the character at all, for me he struck just the right balance. The rest of the cast felt really strong too - a range of characters with different qualities. Sylvia Hoeks character is superb; I'm not sure how to describe it (without giving too much away) - let's just say her character has some really nice subtle complexity going on; and she morphs really well between calculating corporate executive and something more sinister, static scenes and more physical ones. My only mild relative disappointment was Jared Leto - he's not "bad" but his character has these eye enhancements - which are technically well done - but a little distracting. Perhaps there's something in a character's performance that requires you to see their eyes? Also, the character's name, "Wallace", seems very bland. Visualsm, Sound & Art Direction Does not disappoint - seeing it on the big screen is worth every cent. The production standards are very high, and the design follow-on from the original in a really tasteful way. So many gorgeous shots. Some are those big sweeping frames that are like works of art in their own right, whilst many others simply tell the story - but within a certain style that really captures the mood. For example, after the first major scene Ryan's character is flying back to the city in a spinner: the time of day around twilight, the weather is grey with rain droplets running down the windows, Vangelis-sque soundtrack - combine all this with the camera work and it really sets the mood. Some really chic futuristic interiors - really blew my hair back a couple of times (loved the... "reflections"). Good sound-track too; as with everything else in the film, it pays homage to the original whilst forging its own path. Suitably Vangelis-sque and moody. Overall I think the film is a very worthy follow-on from the original - which is a massive relief. The ending is a little open-ended, which I quite liked in terms of this specific film as it helps it avoid that trap of being too predictable. Will they make another? The story definitely leaves room for that, so I'm kind of torn between wanting more and wanting it to be left just slightly enigmatic as it is.
Has anyone else bought the collector´s edition to get into the early access stage of this game? My first impressons: I am severely disappointed. I was hoping for a modern remake of Masters of Orion II (I remember spending waay to much time on that great game), but it is just meh. I am missiing customizable races, turn by turn combat, individual/manual ship design and "free" spaceflight (as opposed to the pathways they have introduced). Research has become boring as well and the graphics are far away from being state of the art.