An sequel I was afraid might be an unworthy follow-up to the original visionary masterpiece turns out to be both beautifully consistent with its predecessor and a film that stands on its own.
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Universal acclaim based on 51 Critics
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Universal acclaim based on 1112 Reviews
Oct 4, 2017
Daring in its own right, this broodingly sumptuous saga explores the primacy of feelings, the nature of memories and the essence of being human, framed as the difference between being manufactured or born.
Ford’s memorable performance is just one of the many ways Blade Runner 2049 surpasses the original film. Its clever and compelling storyline is another. And then of course there are Deakins’ incredible images.
Writer: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, Philip K. Dick
Release Date: Oct 6, 2017
Runtime: 2hr 43m
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 LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Ana de Armas
Did You Know?
Originally, at the early development stage of the project, Ridley Scott was set to take on the directorial duties of this film. By the time the movie was getting close to pre-production, Scott announced he would no longer take the helm but would stay involved as a producer. Specifics weren't given by Scott on why he dropped out of directing the film. Oddly enough, a report came out in August 2014 that Alien: Covenant (2017), a sequel to Prometheus (2012), may be getting delayed because Scott planned to helm this film after The Martian (2015), which was in production at the time. But now, it looks to be the other way around, and Scott's commitment to Alien: Covenant (2017) may have forced him to step away from directing this film.
While exploring the abandoned casino, K gives a casual one-handed spin to a roulette wheel. The soundtrack adds the rattling noise of a roulette ball (or pill) landing in a pocket, even though K clearly does not pick up a ball or launch one. Only about two-thirds of the wheel is seen before K spins it, so the ball could have been sitting in the non-visible third ; and the camera quickly cuts away, so it could not be seen flung out and spinning. However, this cannot be so since a roulette wheel is designed such that a ball does not simply sit there, but will naturally roll into a number pocket, even if the wheel is stationary. And if the wheel is then casually spun, the ball is not flung out but will remain trapped in its pocket. This behavior of the ball is required to show that the wheel is not rigged. And furthermore, the Accidentally Flung Ball scenario is not seen to happen in the "Time to Live" featurette, which has a longer shot of this scene where the camera doesn't cut away.