Blade Run­ner 2049

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Thirty-five years after Har­ri­son Ford hunted an­droids in Los An­ge­les, we get the lon­gan­tic­i­pated se­quel to Blade Run­ner. The orig­i­nal 1982 film was di­rected by Ri­d­ley Scott ( The

Mar­tian) and left a ma­jor im­print in pop cul­ture, even though it was not a box of­fice suc­cess. Cana­dian di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve has taken over di­rect­ing du­ties and, like he did with the Amy Adams sci-fi Ar­rival, he brings with him a bold vi­sion.

Har­ri­son Ford re­turns to one of his most iconic roles, but lead­ing man du­ties have been taken on by Ryan Gosling ( La La Land) and he is joined by new cast mem­bers Jared Leto ( Sui­cide Squad) and Dave Bautista ( Guardians of the Galaxy).

The orig­i­nal film is re­mem­bered most fondly for its evoca­tive mu­sic and in­flu­en­tial de­sign of a fu­tur­is­tic neon-filled LA, which have been copied and repli­cated by film­mak­ers since it pre­miered. Both of these are a heavy part of this new film. In many ways Blade Run­ner 2049 feels sim­i­lar to the re­cent Mad

Max: Fury Road: it is a stylish con­tin­u­a­tion of a long-dor­mant fran­chise, but with all of the slick and mega-bud­get mod­ern thrills that au­di­ences to­day ex­pect.

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