Directed by Denis Villeneuve
A quote from the film:
I can see it. As clear as dreaming. He loves her.
Here is the thing-- the quote is from a character in the movie who is blind.
Ponder that for a moment. That sort of thing either intrigues you and makes you more interested in seeing the film- or puts you off.
Although it is not a spoiler in any sense of the word, I am starting this review with that line because it captures the mood of the film- although not the story. Make no mistake both this film and its predessor is as much about mood as anything- atmosphere, the music, the scenery, etc define this film- Close your eyes and imagine falling headlong into a world that is equal parts desolate landscape and sparkling neon.
Have you ever ridden in the front seat of a rollercoaster at midnight? Like that.
Other people can write you their reviews about the story- which is interesting. Other people can write about the wide range of actors- large and small- known and unknown, and they are spectacular- but I will leave that to them.
My recommendation is that this is a movie to be SEEN and FELT. It will be talked about and analyzed- because - of course. My argument is that it is a big screen film meant to be seen on a big screen and experienced because it is visceral and emotional and disorienting.
So, of course- the irony. The thing that makes this fictional movie about robots compelling is the emotional reaction it elicits.
More human than human. But of course.