“Blade Runner 2049” has, despite rave reviews, had a poor opening weekend at the US box office, mirroring the initial failure of Sir Ridley Scott’s original.
The sequel’s stars admit they have a tough act to follow.
“I only saw it when I was 12, I didn’t get the scope of it. It just made an impression so it was something that was different from a lot of films because it was it doesn’t leave you,” said Ryan Gosling.
Like the original, the new movie has stunning visuals, but once again the content has many nonplussed.
“There was a haunting visual aspect to the film that, that really inspired a generation of filmmakers and hung in people’s heads,” said Harrison Ford, who reprises his original role.
The problem may be that, unlike movies like Star Wars or Alien, Blade Runner has never shied away from asking big questions.
“The questions about human responsibility, the morality of things that were being done by science, whether or not society, cultures would restrain those potentials, how they might be used,” adds Ford.
Blade Runner was ahead of its time, while Blade Runner 2049 is of its time, and that may be the problem.