When acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott (ALIENS film
franchise) introduced us to the world of BLADE RUNNER in 1982, some 35 years ago, who knew it would enter a legacy of science fiction thrillers—a storytelling canon that replicates perpetually for baby boomers and millennials—equally. A blueprint, a veritable high water mark that some cite as a measure of impact and longevity.
Now, in the adept hands of director Denis Villeneuve (PRISONERS, SICARIO, ARRIVAL), BLADE RUNNER 2049 seeks a new benchmark.
Reviewers have withheld as much as possible, lest they spoil the anticipation for moviegoers that have waited patiently for this film that opens October 6, worldwide. Their anticipation will be met with a visual spectacle best served on a 40-foot screen—seeing it is to experience futuristic nirvana.
Possessing elements of a box office favorite, with an enviable
cast of returning and new talent, including film franchise maestro Harrison Ford (STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK), Edward James Olmos (STAND AND DELIVER), Wood Harris (REMEMBER THE TITANS), Dave Bautista (WWE Monday Night RAW), Barkad Abdi (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS), Robin Wright (FORREST GUMP), Lennie James (TV’s THE WALKING DEAD), Oscar winner Jared Leto (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) and two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (LA LA LAND, HALF NELSON)—all delivering praiseworthy turns.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 is produced by Alcon Entertainment’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove, celebrated for a slate of film favorites, among them: THE BLIND SIDE, THE BOOK OF ELI, DOLPHIN TALE and more.
Three decades after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
“The pressure to carry the mantle of a legacy film is tremendous,” according to Alcon Entertainment’s Johnson. His business partner echoed the weight of the film’s gravitas stating, “There were several priorities we had to establish,” stated Kosove. “We needed to maintain the continuity of the story from an original point of view along with the look and design of the film by working with many of the people from the first one.”
Gosling had this to say about his priorities once he accepted a role in BLADE RUNNER 2049, “Having Harrison (Ford), Ridley (Scott) and Hampton (Fancher) on board was essential for the story to evolve. Next, I asked myself, ‘Is there a story that needs to be told now, is the craftsmanship of the product where it should be and am I challenged by it?’ The answer to all of those questions was ‘yes.’”
Here are my top priorities on why you should see BLADE RUNNER 2049, more than once—
• Ryan Gosling—today, tomorrow, forever
• Reminisce the early days of compelling science fiction thrillers
• Compare modern day storytelling of science fiction thrillers
• The evolution of “girl power” to elevated, butt-kicking, in-charge status
• An imaginary escape—what if this is the future?
• Cultural diversity in casting, always a plus
• This is a thinking nerd’s playground, much to behold
• Harrison Ford commands on screen mystique, in other words, he’s still got it
• The story is unpredictable, keeps you guessing
• Made for conversation, a film to be seen twice, at least
BLADE RUNNER 2049 has been rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language, opens worldwide October 6, from Warner Bros.