Blade Runner 2049: An Unexpected Non-Surprise
In an unexpected turn, the sequel to Blade Runner 2049 has flopped. In this case, a lot of people did not expect things to turn out the way it did for the sequel. After all, Blade Runner over time has become a beloved classic in Sci-fi. However, this is not something to marvel over after all. For one thing, the predecessor has been disappointing financially when it first came out back in 1982. As a matter of fact, the now classic Blade Runner has even been critically panned when it has first opened in theaters. With this film, there has been a lot of praise which unfortunately didn’t save the film.
It is important to take a look at what could be causing movies in the Blade Runner universe to deliver disappointing results. One of the issues that people may say could be hindering the success of the Blade Runner movies is the pacing. However, another film that is said to be in the Blade Runner universe called Soldier, has suffered a similar fate in theaters when it was released back in 1998, and this movie had way more action than both Blade Runner and 2049 combined. As a matter of fact, the last 30 minutes of the film was more or less action. It could have something to do with the pacing of the film.
The results of Blade Runner 2049 unfortunately make any further sequels unlikely. However, this is not the first critically acclaimed movie to flop at the box-office. Another film that has more or less disappointed at box-office despite strong reviews from fans and critics alike is Dredd, another dystopian sci-fi film. An interesting thing is that this has a lot of action and has pleased the fans of the original Judge Dredd comics. While it did flop, it did make back all of its money through Blu-ray sales. There is also talk of a Dredd series with the possibility of Karl Urban reprising his role as the lawgiver.