Saturday, 16 December, 2017

'Blade Runner 2049' Cancels Red Carpet at Premiere After Vegas Shooting

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford You're forgiven Ryan Gosling yucked it up with Harrison Ford in Paris on Sept. 20
Wallace Pearson | 04 October, 2017, 00:30

Blade Runner 2049 review by Paul Heath, October 2017.

Before journalists including Reuters saw "Blade Runner 2049" at advance press screenings, they were read a note from Villeneuve urging not give away any key plot points. The older NEXUS model replicants that were produced by the Tyrell Corporation (including, those programmed with open-ended lifespans, aka. the NEXUS-8) are hunted by a new generation of Blade Runners.

Did she "borrow" one of Ryan Gosling's coats in the film?

Following what is otherwise a routine mission, K and Joshi stumble upon a unsafe secret that, should it become public knowledge, could destabilize the already-fragile world as they know it. He must turn to Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard, the blade runner from the first movie, to help him out - the problem is, he disappeared over three decades ago.

Don't expect anything earth-shattering with the performance by Ford as Deckard. In the above interview Director Denis Villeneuve thought a sequel would be a terrible idea until he read the script, Robin Wright talks about how the story has changed, Harrison Ford tells us why he was intrigued after 30 years in between, and Ryan Gosling explains how you don't need to have seen the first film to be able to understand the new film.

Blade Runner 2049 is released in United Kingdom cinemas on October 5th, 2017.

What Gosling lacks in energy is made up for with an ear-drum busting score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, along with lush cinematography by the great Roger Deakins. "And of course, I never realised that the awakening of the science fiction universe, over many, many films, would get so large".

Sure, there are moments that "Blade Runner" fans will fully appreciate, but I'm going to keep the original on high and celebrate "2049" for its own individual strengths.

By contrast, Blade Runner 2049 is a much easier, cleaner watch.

So that's the kind of greatness director Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario", "Arrival") was up against when he signed on to make a sequel to "Blade Runner".

But hey - it's not BLADE RUNNER. We get to see more of Robin Wright's Lieutenant Joshi, and more intense action footage with Ryan Gosling's Officer K and Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard. The film also stars Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, and Mackenzie Davis. WB immediately responded by releasing a statement, canceling the film's Paris premiere and all French press interviews with the cast and crew. With that out of the way: Blade Runner 2049 is a great piece of intellectual science-fiction beautifully painted on a large canvas and an example of how to revive/relaunch a beloved property the right way on the big screen.

"And the more you revisit the movie over time, you will discover some philosophical themes that are quite profound".

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