Blade Runner 2049 takes story forward in style

Blade Runner 2049 takes story forward in style
By Robert Hackwill

Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott classic, 'Blade Runner 2049', respects original's vision while developing story.

The long-awaited sequel to Sir Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner is here, Blade Runner 2049.

Like the original, the immediate visual impression is stunning, and great effort has gone into respecting the story’s heritage.

That includes original bladerunner himself Harrison Ford, returning to his role.

“There’s a wonderful emotional context within the film which is one of the things I most admire about it and I found, happily, so much of what I had an ambition for seems to have been achieved,” he said.

Ryan Gosling plays a younger android hunter.

“When I read the screenplay, I thought ‘Wow. It’s walking this tightrope of being such a love letter to the original but at the same time a unique film in its own right,’ so it seemed like a great opportunity to me,” he said.

The film’s LA premiere was cut due to the Las Vegas tragedy, but director Denis Villeneuve is hot in Hollywood right now and has the Ridley Scott seal of approval. All the film has to do now is find its audience.

Villeneuve has even commissioned shorts to suggest events that take place between the two movies’ set periods

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