BLADE RUNNER 2049
Director Denis Villeneuve is a philosopher, tackling personal, social and metaphysical issues with grace and power. His sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic takes the themes of technology, power, autonomy and soul and pushes them even further, against a backdrop of such mind-blowing visuals that the only possible reaction is genuine awe. Ryan Gosling plays K, a limited-timespan replicant police officer who embarks on a journey of personal and political revelation – and possible revolution. Roger Deakins’ cinematography is jaw-droppingly beautiful, conveying the phenomenal scale of Villeneuve’s dystopian vision. The sumptuous CGI is goose bump inducing in its realism and innovation, exploring issues of artificial intelligence and intimacy. An excellent performance by Harrison Ford further elevates this stunning contemplation of identity, power and human rights.