Sharp se­quel out­runs orig­i­nal

East Kilbride News - - REVIEWS -

Joi is de­light­fully cre­ative and there’s much more to Robin Wright’s Lieu­tenant Joshi than ini­tially meets the eye.

Jared Leto’s (Nian­der Wal­lace) Zen-like com­pany head is an omi­nous, lit­tle-used pres­ence, but it’s Dutch ac­tress Sylvia Hoeks’ (Luv) chill­ing, re­lent­less en­forcer who leads the way in terms of vil­lainy.

Har­ri­son Ford’s Deckard is back and the 75-year-old takes a sim­i­lar stance to his role in Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens by adding old­school charisma and a grouchy tongue in small doses as he steps back and al­lows his younger co-stars to breathe in a world he helped make fa­mous.

But even if the act­ing wasn’t so strong, Blade Run­ner 2049 would still rate as a re­splen­dent gift to the senses. Vil­leneuve and the dig­i­tal ef­fects team have built vast land­scapes and huge sets that lend the se­quel a grandiose scale.

From the scorched, desert-like ru­ins of Las Ve­gas to use of haunt­ing fog, shadow, wa­ter, snow and, of course, rain, Vil­leneuve is a vi­sion­ary work­ing at the peak of his pow­ers.

He de­liv­ers on the emo­tional beats too; who would’ve thought Luv’s de­struc­tion of a cou­ple of inches of plas­tic could mean so much?

Vil­leneuve also knows when best to utilise Hans Zim­mer and Ben­jamin Wall­fisch’s haunt­ing, hyp­notic score, drop­ping it out com­pletely for ten­der mo­ments and a few bruis­ing brawls.

Blade Run­ner 2049 is weighty, brain-test­ing, top sci-fi that prom­ises more in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ments ahead that we surely won’t have to wait an­other 35 years to see.

Spelling out the fu­ture Ryan Gosling stars as blade run­ner K

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