Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve (2017)

163min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Thirty-five years after Ridley Scott's overanalysed sci-fi classic, Blade Runner 2049 proves an artistic and philosophical triumph, an unforgettable vision of a deracinated future from director Denis Villeneuve, cinematographer Roger Deakins and original co-writer Hampton Fancher (with Logan's Michael Green). Harrison Ford returns as grizzled ex-LAPD cop Rick Deckard, befriended by Ryan Gosling's more beatific, explicitly android cop "K" during his search for a fabled replicant child. There follows a picaresque across the vast GM farms of a ravaged California (it's still raining in LA), a Dickensian recycling centre staffed by orphans under a Fagin-like Lennie James, and a decommissioned Las Vegas where Sinatra makes a playful appearance. Tense, tactile, well-staged action (a brilliantly blocked prologue involves ex-wrestler Dave Bautista) but the overall feeling after an inflated 163 minutes is one of space. This film is slow, precise, and quiet. When a replicant wolfhound walks across a tiled floor, every one of its footsteps resonates. The synth score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch quotes the original by Vangelis - another link with the past in a film about the future. Although not as good as the original, this is better than anybody could have expected.

Summary

An android-hunter's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former detective Rick Deckard, who's been missing for 30 years. Denis Villeneuve's Oscar-winning sci-fi thriller, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto.

Cast & Crew

Rick Deckard Harrison Ford
Officer K Ryan Gosling
Niander Wallace Jared Leto
Luv Sylvia Hoeks
Joi Ana de Armas
Lt Joshi Robin Wright
Sapper Morton Dave Bautista
Mariette Mackenzie Davis
Dr Ana Stelline Carla Juri
Mister Cotton Lennie James
Doc Badger Barkhad Abdi
Coco David Dastmalchian
Gaff Edward James Olmos
Director Denis Villeneuve
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Oct 2017
Drama