Whoa. I always knew director Denis Villeneuve would do something worthwhile with a “Blade Runner” sequel. After all, this guy has been making some of my favourite films of the last decade, from “Prisoners” to “Sicario” to “Arrival”. Even so, I wasn’t prepared for just how stunning “Blade Runner 2049” looks. It is absolutely gorgeous. But more than the visuals, there is a genuine tonal consistency to Ridley Scott’s original. It FEELS very much like it is of the same universe, with characters that belong. Of course, original Replicant hunter Rick Deckard is back, but everyone else, from Ryan Gosling to Jared Leto to the new Replicants, all look and sound spot on. And when strains of the original score by Vangelis came on, I admit a shiver ran down my spine. And I mean that in a good way. Boy, I cannot wait for this.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. 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.”
“Blade Runner 2049” is directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and also stars Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos and Jared Leto. It premieres 6th October.