Movie Blade Runner 2049

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Dixie Flatline

Saviour Sam
Jun 3, 2005
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Slated for release in 2017, it's the long-awaited sequel to the iconic Blade Runner (which happens to be my favourite film of all time). Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard while Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, the new blade runner. Dennis Villeneuve directs and Ridley Scott is an executive producer.

Teaser trailer was released overnight:


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Club Legend
Feb 11, 2012
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It's funny how Harrison is doing Star Wars and Blade Runner again after spending years avoiding talking about them much. But he admits himself he's not getting the work he once was.

I hope they do a great job here.


All Australian
Mar 27, 2011
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well that trailer like almost all trailers is really dumb and making a new blade runner is dumb and ridley scott is dumb but deakins is on board and denis villeneuve has made 5 very good movies since 2010 so I will definitely see it and I expect to like it


Brownlow Medallist
Feb 7, 2011
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Just like virtually every sequel and remake made in the last 10-15 years, I predict that this movie is either going to suck or be massively overrated.


We Await Silent Tristero's Empire
Nov 24, 2007
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It will take a massive curse for this to be, at worst, sub-par, considering the talent involved.
It's one of those "FFS do it properly" films

but, original director on board, great new director, original star, new star, same writer (!)... fingers are crossed (because Roy Batty snapped them)

even the soundtrack to the trailer is right, though Ford's opening dialogue is from the original movie

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Sep 27, 2014
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6 years ago I saw the first 45 minutes of Blade Runner but I had a headache and it kept getting worse so switched off. Never gotten around to watching it since. Maybe this sequel will spur me to.



Club Legend
Sep 23, 2007
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Brisbane Lions
Yep, I ain't even mad about more nostalgia cash-ins with this one, I've been wanting to go back to the world of Blade Runner for years and been starved of a decent cyberpunk for quite awhile. It looks visually engaging and technically detailed which is all I am expecting really, hopefully it's half as challenging as the original, retains its noir underpinnings and doesn't cheapen itself by killing off Ford again like that other pile of crap cash-in.


Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 26, 2003
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Leigh Paatsch's review is in: 4 stars

BEFORE we get to the good stuff regarding Blade Runner 2049 — and rest assured its unworldly brilliance is in plentiful supply — be aware this review will not be straying into the spoiler zone.

Director Denis Villeneuve and his team of producers have adopted a justifiably protective mindset when it comes to sealing off the intricately structured mysteries at the heart of this unique film.

Their request that certain aspects of this feverishly anticipated sequel go unmentioned will be honoured here.

For if nothing else, Blade Runner 2049 is a work that magnifies in impact when allowed to take root in a viewer’s imagination without the prejudicial influence of too much advance knowledge.

Got all that? Good.

Arriving 35 years after the fact as a follow-up to one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time, Blade Runner 2049 has a lot to live up to.

It is not just a welcome relief, but a cause for celebration that it takes this responsibility so very seriously indeed.

The end result — particularly the sumptuously detailed, eye-melting production design — will have most fans ranking it on par with the original.

The key here is that Villeneuve and his team stay right away from reviving old tropes for a new era. From the outset, Blade Runner 2049 stands proud and then strides confidently as a fresh and original expansion of the Blade Runner universe.

(Which means if you’re a newcomer to the whole thing, you won’t need a Ph.D. in the mythology of the original film to connect with the majesty on display.)

The story opens 30 years after Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard left us wondering if he was a flesh-and-blood human, or a cloned-and-coded replicant.

In 2049, there is never any question about the pedigree of Ryan Gosling’s lead character of K, a stoic hunter of rogue replicants who is all android himself.

K’s full name is Officer KD6-3.7, and his days and nights on the rain-soaked, smog-choked, neon-lit streets of Los Angeles differ little from Deckard’s time working the same beat.

Like Deckard, K is a ‘Blade Runner’ — a detective blessed with considerable physical endurance and swift forensic analysis, both necessary attributes when it comes to finding and terminating obsolete replicant models.

Though the sinister Tyrell Corporation has long been out of the replicant design business, some units from their discontinued Nexus 8 range are still at large.

Tyrell’s tech has been inherited and enhanced by a shady new company called the Wallace Corporation. Their replicants are considered ‘safe’ to operate within polite society.

The Wallace ‘skin jobs’ do exactly as they are told, to the extent where farmer replicants are feeding much of the population.

After a truly spellbinding opening sequence which establishes the strange sprawl of hi-tech decay that has all but erased nature in the mid-21st century, the story begins in earnest with K locating a possible Nexus 8 (Dave Bautista) in the badlands beyond the metropolis.

It is exactly here that a virtual minefield of spoilers begin to appear underfoot in all directions.

Let’s step very gingerly forward by stating that K will soon find something that he shouldn’t, which forces him to go looking for someone he shouldn’t, and ultimately forces him to attempt things a replicant normally wouldn’t.

The mystifying plot of Blade Runner 2049 is loosely themed around humanity’s problematic relationship with machines, and a coming era where artificial intelligence technology may independently program itself to feel and express emotions.

The sheer weight of the movie’s hefty narrative ambition dictates that its true meaning will drift in and out of coherence, Which is exactly the effect director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and ace cinematographer Roger Deakins were after.

These two build an irresistibly imposing visual spectacle upon our base fears of a future we’d rather not contemplate.

Not since the great Mad Max: Fury Road has a game-changing conceptual vision landed on the big screen so fully and forcefully realised.

Don’t come along to Blade Runner 2049 expecting an action extravaganza, however. Its moments of kinetic release are few, and often brutally short in duration.

Long stretches of contemplation take precedence over short bursts of confrontation, an approach which puts viewers on the same wavelength as the seemingly unreadable K almost by stealth

Gosling’s anchoring performance marks a career best for this polarising actor. There has always been a bit of the ‘stoner robot’ about the Gozz in some of his past works, and the precision of his casting — along with an ability to deploy a stillness that moves an audience — is not to be underestimated.

If you have seen one of the many trailers in circulation ahead of Blade Runner 2049’s release, you will be well aware Harrison Ford has a prominent role to play as Deckard.

The how, when and why of his involvement are best discovered while going with the film’s carefully controlled flow. Nevertheless, it should be recorded that Ford isn’t just showing up for a friendly shout-out to former glories.

Ford can still summon sparks of reckless power and feeling from his acting, and he proves it conclusively with some fine work here.

Innovative, daring and (at a running time of 163 minutes) very, very long, Blade Runner 2049 is by no means a perfect picture. (Neither was its predecessor.) However, the occasions on which it goes mighty close are many.

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