Blade Runner 2049 first reactions call it “a groundbreaking science fiction masterpiece”

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Hollywood sequels already have a bad enough rep. Hollywood sequels for iconic classic movies being revisited more than three decades later? That just shouldn’t work. Which is why we should have been filled with dread about a follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 sci-fi magnum opus Blade Runner. Instead though, we had hope for Blade Runner 2049, lots and lots of hope, and it was all due to Denis Villeneuve.

The visionary Canadian director had been given the herculean task of making this sequel after he had promptly blown our collective socks off with a filmography that included the likes of Enemy, Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival. All those films are masterpieces of their respective genres – which is where our hope came from – and it would seem that Villeneuve can now add another to that list in Blade Runner 2049.

That’s the general consensus based on the first social media reactions that hit the net about an hour ago after press in Los Angeles got to view the movie. Full reviews are still embargoed – and according to at least one critic, this is most definitely a good thing – but folks in attendance just couldn’t contain their gushing for the much-anticipated film, with many declaring it a masterpiece of sci-fi filmmaking. Special mention is being made of the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins who apparently has managed to even outdo the jaw-dropping Oscar-nominated lensing he did for Villeneuve on Sicario and Prisoners.

Check out the reactions below.

Well, this is painful to read. Painful because we discovered yesterday that there’s not going to be any early press screenings for Blade Runner 2049 which means we have to wait just as long as the rest of you actually see this. AND I NEED TO SEE THIS NOW!

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Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, and Edward James Olmos. Michael Green (American Gods) along with original writer Hampton Francher scripted the film, which is scheduled for release on 6 October 2017. Here’s the film’s 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.

 

Last Updated: September 26, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

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