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A cul­tural leg­end is a tough act to fol­low, but Denis Vil­leneuve ( Ar­rival) and his team take the chal­lenge of 1982’s Blade Run­ner and mostly nail it. The script, by Michael Greene and the orig­i­nal’s co-writer Hamp­ton Fancher with ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ri­d­ley Scott look­ing over their shoul­ders, wends its way through an in­tri­cate story of repli­cants, hu­mans, and the no-man’s-land be­tween. The work of cin­e­matog­ra­pher Roger Deakins and pro­duc­tion de­signer Den­nis Gass­ner is flat- out mag­nif­i­cent. The cast, led by Ryan Gosling as K, this gen­er­a­tion’s blade- run­ning de­tec­tive, is solid, al­though Jared Leto’s blind vil­lain comes across a bit muted. K takes a cou­ple of hours to find his way to the old run­ner, Har­ri­son Ford’s Deckard, but when he does the movie clicks seam­lessly into a fa­mil­iar yet sat­is­fy­ing tone. Fans will ar­gue the rel­a­tive in­tel­lec­tual and the­matic mer­its of this ver­sus the orig­i­nal, but the spec­ta­cle is ex­tra­or­di­nary. Rated R. 163 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Regal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

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