Blade Runner 2049 honors original and opens up new territory

In many ways, the biggest obstacle in Blade Runner 2049's way is Blade Runner-a very good and very influential movie whose reputation has been overinflated, over time, into an immortal and untouchable sci-fi classic. He acquired what was left of the Tyrell Corporation, which made the old replicants, created an updated line of them and saw the prohibition against the replicants lifted in 2036. Thankfully, visionary director Denis Villeneuve, one of today's best working directors, and the writing pair of Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (Fancher was a writer on the 1982 original) crafted yet another science-fiction masterpiece with "Blade Runner 2049".

Blade Runner 2049 comes to cinemas October 6.

In 2040, the LA Police Department re-established its Blade Runner unit. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The world feels lived in, it is dark and gritty and in many ways is a character all in itself, backed up with stellar performances across the board from Gosling, Ford, Leto, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis and Dave Bautista, but to go into their characters would be a disservice to the film.

There's a euphoria around this release, a thrill that it isn't bad but something worthwhile (that, say it softly, it isn't the film you feared Ridley might have made) that means people are possibly overboarding it.

Catch a free screening of the original "Blade Runner", starring Harrison Ford, before the sequel hits theaters. He's done this especially with last year's Arrival. The problem is that almost every film about artificial intelligence mines familiar ideas about how humanity should treat its creations if and when they achieve sentience. If you can get hold of a DVD of the original, I highly recommend you watch it so you will get the complete experience.

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"I feel like that's where this is headed", Gosling responded.

There are multiple versions of the original Blade Runner and director Ridley Scott believes that the version released in 2007 is the closest to his original dream.

The 35 years later sequel is a decidedly tricky proposition, an itch you know you shouldn't scratch.

"Additionally, cinematographer Roger Deakins is being singled out for praise, and while he's never won the Oscar despite being nominated 13 times, perhaps this will finally be his year", Goldberg wrote.

Instead, we're treated to a variety of compelling ideas, most of which can't be written about without spoiling the movie.

  • Carlos Nash