Blade Runner 2049 poster
While hunting replicants in 2049, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) uncovers a buried secret that could dangerously affect society. K's discovery puts him at odds with wealthy replicant manufacturer Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) and his lethal female assistant Luv (Sylvia Hoeks). It also compels him to find former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been in hiding for thirty years.

Director Denis Villeneuve's visual stunner deftly expands the "Blade Runner" universe. After 2016's "Arrival", Villeneuve continues to revitalize this genre. Without giving anything away, there is much here
to please fans of Ridley Scott's indelible 1982 screen version of Philip K. Dick's novel. But the new and emotionally-charged screenplay by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original film, and Michael Green stands on its own as a first-rate thriller. Moviegoers who haven't experienced Scott's iconic film will find this intelligent and intricate adventure fairly easy to follow. Ryan Gosling delivers a commanding performance where he must struggle with his feelings and survive in a futuristic la la land. Harrison Ford proves once again that he is a star, reprising and adding depth to the role that made the science fiction cinematic classic so memorable. Jared Leto and Sylvia Hoeks convincingly portray formidable villains. Dave Bautista steals a few scenes as a hunted replicant and so does Robin Wright as K's boss Lieutenant Joshi. Taking the spotlight is Roger Deakins' spectacular cinematography - capturing the desolate red-hued landscapes and claustrophobic cityscapes in a dazzling way. The pulsating beat of the magnificent score by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer compliments the action and is just as compelling as Vangelis' music for "Blade Runner". The only problem is the massive, nearly three hour, length. At times the going is slow, but necessary for plot development. This is a sequel that is equal to and maybe even better than the original. "Blade Runner 2049" is a cut above the average sci-fi epic. (4 CAMS)

Rated R (violence, some sexuality, nudity and language)
Running Time: 163 minutes

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