Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Visually breathtaking 'Blade Runner 2049' is dazzling critics


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The film sees Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the 1982 original, alongside Gosling, who plays Officer K, the man tasked with tracking down Deckard, who he believes is the key to saving civilisation.

In the new film from Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) hunts illegal Replicants hiding on a decaying Earth and he stumbles across something that can disrupt the current strained co-existence between humans and Replicants.

The Denis Villeneuve-directed film now boasts a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and is expected to open to $40 million or more at the North American box office when it hits theaters October 6. Julianne Moore, who previously worked with Haynes in Far From Heaven and Safe, reunites with Haynes in the feature that's adapted by Brian Selznick's book. For audiences, if not the film's inhabitants, Deckard's presence looms ghost-like throughout the familiar cityscape from the moment the film starts, and the unique way he's employed in the story, after much anticipation (at least three times during the film, I thought to myself, "Okay, here's where Deckard comes in"), pays off handsomely.


With the release of the highly anticipated "Blade Runner 2049" next week, the final short film titled "Blade Runner Black Out 2022" that aims to fill in the gap between the original "Blade Runner" and the upcoming movie has been released.

"Blade Runner 2049" opens in Japan on Oct 27. And what can I say? Keep in mind, that's nothing compared to one scene of intimacy that will go down in cinematic history as one of the most awkward yet transfixing expressions of love ever. Finally, Ridley Scott's definitive Final Cut seems to end any doubt of what his intentions for his story were. It's a career-defining performance in the same vein of Harrison Ford as Deckard eons ago, which is not a statement to take lightly considering he was nominated for an Oscar previous year. "I saw (the story) potential and I also was anxious to work with the people involved". Fancher was one of the writers of the original film and for all the hell he went through for the first film, it's great to see him back in the fold for the sequel; their script could also be a standalone film set in the universe without having watched the original.

According to Variety, he is " one of the best science-fiction films of all time ". But after "Arrival" and now "2049', it's safe to consider Villeneuve a modern visionary of sci-fi filmmaking". "I could feel that Jared was someone who was deeply passionate and very serious about what he was doing", says Villeneuve. To make that happen, coveted composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch were brought in to echo the score from the first film. However, Blade Runner 2049 is quite expensive at $180M with Alcon going 50/50 with Sony on the production cost. Infamously, numerous brands seen in the first film became obsolete long before 2019, when the film was set.

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