Blade Run­ner 2049

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - HI­LARY A WHITE

Cert: 15A. Now show­ing

There was a sigh of re­lief when it was re­vealed De­nis Vil­leneuve, the bril­liant Que­be­cois direc­tor be­hind Pris­on­ers, Si­cario and Ar­rival, would helm a new Blade Run­ner film. If we did have to go back and re­visit that holi­est of sa­cred sci-fi cows, this taste­ful and vi­sion­ary om­ni­plex au­teur felt like the only man up to the task.

Ri­d­ley Scott’s 1982 adap­ta­tion of Philip K Dick’s novel Do An­droids Dream of Elec­tric Sheep? has aged well thanks to its gritty gumshoe-noir stylings, hyp­notic dystopian aes­thetic and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence themes. Vil­leneuve had his work cut out to both re­fresh a sleep­ing gi­ant but not throw the baby out with the bath­wa­ter.

We’re 30 years af­ter the events of Scott’s film. K (Ryan Gosling) is a new gen­er­a­tion of Blade Run­ner mop­ping up the last re­main­ing repli­cants. He dis­cov­ers a thread of clues that could spell vast de­struc­tion. It will bring him into the sphere of not only Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford), the lost hero of the orig­i­nal, but also a mys­te­ri­ous tech mogul (Jared Leto) and his aide (Sylvia Hoeks). 5-STAR RE­VIEW

We’ll say no more. Do your ut­most to see this in IMAX be­cause you will not for­get the ex­pe­ri­ence.

There are many scenes of just a char­ac­ter walk­ing through a set that are ren­dered as­ton­ish­ing, both vis­ually (by the grandly mes­meric dream-team of Vil­leneuve and cin­e­matog­ra­pher Roger Deakins) and au­rally (a surg­ing score by Hans Zim­mer and Ben­jamin Wall­fisch). Gosling’s min­i­mal style is ideally suited for K.

With Christo­pher Nolan’s oomph wan­ing (come on, Dunkirk was over­rated), Vil­leneuve’s hit-rate now makes him the em­i­nent ac­tion­thriller-sci-fi direc­tor work­ing in Hol­ly­wood these days.

Ryan Gosling and Ana de Ar­mas star in sci-fi se­quel ‘Blade Run­ner 2049’

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