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Ryan Gosling stars in the sequel to the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. Returning are Harrison Ford who reprises his role as Rick Deckard and Scott who co-produces. More

Ryan Gosling stars in the sequel to the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. Returning are Harrison Ford who reprises his role as Rick Deckard and Scott who co-produces.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan 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, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve ('Arrival', 'Sicario', 'Enemy')

Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi

Rated MA15+, Strong violence | 2:43 | Science Fiction, Thriller, Blockbuster |

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By Tony-Stamp

Denis Villeneuve is some kind of cinematic magician. He bounces between genres, masters them all, and has now resurrected a 35-year-old classic and made it his... Read more

Denis Villeneuve is some kind of cinematic magician. He bounces between genres, masters them all, and has now resurrected a 35-year-old classic and made it his own. It’s like he soaked in the essence of Blade Runner and channelled it into this new story, which continues the original’s themes regarding sentience, expands on them, then adds new shades of grey.

Villeneuve is also a master of tone, recreating Ridley Scott’s trick of making everything feel like a puzzle to be solved. Blade Runner 2049 is enigmatic, continually intriguing, and at its heart, a noir film. One of the first shots of Ryan Gosling has him in silhouette, and throughout characters are shrouded in darkness as we try to parse their motivations.

Each scene feels like a window into a place worth exploring. It’s full of fascinating characters, some of whom we only meet fleetingly. Future L.A. may be a blasted hell-scape, but it’s an exhilarating place to spend some time, and one that’s realised with huge attention to detail.

Gosling is great, bringing the stoicism of his work with Nicolas Winding Refn but allowing some warmth to creep through. And Harrison Ford keeps proving that he can actually still act, getting some of the most moving moments in a story that deals with tragedy and redemption.

Blade Runner 2049 honours its predecessor by using it as inspiration for a crop of new ideas. It’s a bold, bleak dose of sci-fi miserabilism that occasionally reveals its beating human heart.

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THE PEOPLE’S REVIEWS (8 Ratings, 7 Reviews)
Classic - no, but how do you follow up the original..? 2/5 stars.

By lomu

Okay - for starters, I'm an absolutely HUUUGE fan of the first movie. The set pieces, Lighting effects, haunting vangelis music, the anit-hero of deckard, it... Read more

Okay - for starters, I'm an absolutely HUUUGE fan of the first movie. The set pieces, Lighting effects, haunting vangelis music, the anit-hero of deckard, it was art on film - back when i saw the original at the movies when i was 12 years old in the early eighties . But such potential is wasted in this film. Yes its quite slow (nearly 3 hours long, so see it in a comfy theatre), but that's the idea. The original (and all movies at that time), had a much slower pace when compared to the much faster paced movies of today. (Not going to lie - a pensioner behind me was snoring for 30mins during the session - and I almost joined him). None of the characters are likeable or engaging (except for joi) The storyline is "meh, whatever" The recently released 3 short film featurettes / prequels have a much better pace, and storyline - so i'd watch them instead cause that's as good as it gets.. Would I watch it again - absolutely not. Shame really, cause I really like Dennis Villenues other films... Think of it like "Dances with wolves" - you have to see it, but afterwards you won't care if you never see it again... Hide
Blade Runner 2049 2/5 stars.

By JackWallace

BLADE RUNNER 2049 was a colossal disappointment. I'll start off with the things I liked. All of Denis Villeneuve's work is beautiful, even his films I didn't... Read more

BLADE RUNNER 2049 was a colossal disappointment. I'll start off with the things I liked. All of Denis Villeneuve's work is beautiful, even his films I didn't like, and this is no exception. It's visually stunning. Every frame is like a painting. Roger Deakins' cinematography is immaculate. I won't say who, but a character from the first film makes a brief appearance and it's the best CGI rendering of a human I've seen. The face was a bit off, but it still looked pretty damn good. On a technical and visual level, the film is flawless. It's just a shame that everything else about BLADE RUNNER 2049 was so excruciatingly dull. I don't mind a slow burn, but I struggled to stay interested in the meandering, ponderous narrative, and it didn't need to be nearly three hours long. Ryan Gosling is a terrific actor. I've loved him ever since I saw DRIVE. Giving a similar performance to his in ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Gosling has zero charisma as Officer K and did not make a compelling lead. It's a film you have to be in the mood to watch. It really takes its time to tell its story, and some people might love that. I did not. If the story and characters aren't engaging and I'm not feeling anything, I can only appreciate its technical mastery for so long, and it didn't take long for me to get bored. Hide
Long but worth it 4/5 stars.

By Karalou

Enjoyed this movie. It was slow in some places but I think that it helped the story. Ryan Gosling did a great job. Makes me want to watch the first one... Read more

Enjoyed this movie. It was slow in some places but I think that it helped the story. Ryan Gosling did a great job. Makes me want to watch the first one again. They linked it in really well. Thanks Flicks for the free pass to see this. Hide
The future is a lonely place 4/5 stars.

By filmlover

Without the quirky retro charm of the original this new chapter has to make it's own mark, and it does. 2049 is bleaker and surprisingly underpopulated.... Read more

Without the quirky retro charm of the original this new chapter has to make it's own mark, and it does. 2049 is bleaker and surprisingly underpopulated. Something happened 30 years ago and this simple linear story gets us up to date. The world is a grim place struggling after multiple ecological disasters, and you can almost feel the dust in the back of your throat as the camera sweeps around the landscape. Although the incomparable Vangelis was not invited to score this one Hans Zimmer takes us right back to the world we loved with his soaring soundtrack. Be warned though. This is not for everyone. It is long, ponderous and does not have the snappy dialogue of the original Bladerunner or the characters we all know and love. This new chapter though is a worthy second instalment and a valid continuation of the questions about the safety of developing independant artificial intelligence. Hide
Pretentious 2/5 stars.

By Red

Don't understand the fuss - pretty, but nerdy, slow and pretentious

Don't understand the fuss - pretty, but nerdy, slow and pretentious Hide
Colour me impressed: NO SPOILERS REVIEW 5/5 stars.

By adamatdramatrain

That old saying, “Film is a visual medium” slams home in what is quite simply one of the greatest sequels of all time. Yup, it’s up there with the second... Read more

That old saying, “Film is a visual medium” slams home in what is quite simply one of the greatest sequels of all time. Yup, it’s up there with the second instalments of ‘The Godfather’, ‘Alien’ and ‘Terminator.’ That’s largely due to the stunning visuals of cinematographer Roger Deakins, who quite literally paints with light, creating a multi-coloured canvas. Deakins has been nominated 13 times for an Academy Award and incredibly never won, but that has to change with ‘Blade Runner 2049’, which surpasses even his masterful work on the likes of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘No Country for Old Men’, ‘Skyfall’ and director Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario.’ Villeneuve (director of ‘Arrival’ and ‘Prisoners’) takes Ridley Scott’s vision of ‘Blade Runner’ from 1982 and runs with it, expanding and refreshing that dystopian future vision, till it seems as vast as Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ and unrelenting as Coppola’s acid-trip nightmare hallucination of Vietnam in ‘Apocalypse Now.’ With Villeneuve’s vision and Deakins’ eye, ‘2049’ delivers some of the most haunting, beautiful, epic and jaw-dropping vistas ever splashed on the silver screen. The plot, like Scott’s first film, is a tightly-wound detective thriller. Neo-noir in look and pretty straightforward in terms of narrative structure, but like its predecessor, it’s in the telling that ‘2049’ really earns its place amongst the greats. The old themes are all here, joined by new ideas, new nightmares and new conundrums for sci-fi fans to discuss, argue and dissect. At what point is Artificial Intelligence considered life? Can a machine possess feelings, emotions, a soul? Yup even asking, as Philip K Dick’s story on which this is based has it: ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ The soundtrack, by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch may not be as iconic as Vangelis’ original, but it pulses, pounds and pulsates with enough power and subtlety that it blends into the world on screen, wrapping you up in a visual and auditory dreamscape of a dystopian future. The script, by Michael Green, and ‘Blade Runner’ scribe Hampton Fancher, is sleek and simple, yet densely packed. Better yet, it’s slow. Deliciously so. Like a true, old school film noir, the story takes its time, and the result is a long, satisfying 163-minute submersion into the world of ‘2049.’ Sure, there are action-packed sci-fi blockbuster scenes worthy of the best of the big Summer movies, but an all-in action film ‘2049’ ain’t. Instead it’s a cerebral journey into an adult sci-fi literary world of philosophical thought experiments and evocative sensory delights. The cast are uniformly superb, although don’t let those trailers fool you into thinking Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard will be around for too much of the time. But when he’s on-screen, Ford’s grizzled ex-Blade Runner is as moody and charismatic as ever. Ryan Gosling brings his A-game to the character of K, giving him the resolute toughness of his ‘Drive’ lead, coupled with the sparks of humanity and warmth he brought to his ‘La La Land’ and ‘The Nice Guys’ roles. The supporting cast are impressive, with Robin Wright formidable, Dave Bautista getting better by the movie, a stand out performance by Ana de Armas, and a role for Jared Leto that reminds you he’s actually way better than ‘Suicide Squad’ gave him credit. You know, it’s rare we get to see a bonafide cinematic masterpiece these days, but technically, artistically and in terms of ambition realised and world building, ‘2049’ both honours the first ‘Blade Runner’ and lives up to its promise. Colour me impressed. Heck, colour me blown away, mesmerised and delighted. Now excuse me, while I buy another ticket and go see it again. Hide
Slow Burner 4/5 stars.

By Robb-Morison

Great look & feel, music very sympathetic to original. You have to be patience as story takes time to develop.

Great look & feel, music very sympathetic to original. You have to be patience as story takes time to develop. Hide
CRITICS REVIEW
The Guardian (UK)

It just has to be experienced on the biggest screen possible. Blade Runner 2049 is a narcotic spectacle of eerie and pitiless vastness, by turns satirical,... Read more

It just has to be experienced on the biggest screen possible. Blade Runner 2049 is a narcotic spectacle of eerie and pitiless vastness, by turns satirical, tragic and romantic. Hide
Total Film (UK)

Villeneuve's film is a direct continuation in every respect; it's difficult to imagine anyone - even Ridley Scott - making a better Blade Runner sequel.

Villeneuve's film is a direct continuation in every respect; it's difficult to imagine anyone - even Ridley Scott - making a better Blade Runner sequel. Hide
Empire (UK)

Visually immaculate, swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, 2049 is, without doubt, a good year. And one of 2017's best.

Visually immaculate, swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, 2049 is, without doubt, a good year. And one of 2017's best. Hide
Hollywood Reporter

A voluptuous mood bath that's impressively sustained from beginning to end.

A voluptuous mood bath that's impressively sustained from beginning to end. Hide
Variety (USA)

A visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things - from tantalising to tedious - but never... Read more

A visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things - from tantalising to tedious - but never "artificially intelligent." Hide
TimeOut (US)

Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year.

Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year. Hide
Vulture

I imagine most audiences will like the film ... I thought it was okay.

I imagine most audiences will like the film ... I thought it was okay. Hide
Sydney Morning Herald

Despite its blockbuster trappings, this Blade Runner is as much an art movie as the first one: slow, idea-driven, and often emotionally remote.

Despite its blockbuster trappings, this Blade Runner is as much an art movie as the first one: slow, idea-driven, and often emotionally remote. Hide
Stuff.co.nz (Sarah Watt)

Villeneuve has taken the double-edged sword of the update and created a Blade Runner 2049 worthy of honouring its ancestor, while bringing it appropriately into... Read more

Villeneuve has taken the double-edged sword of the update and created a Blade Runner 2049 worthy of honouring its ancestor, while bringing it appropriately into the mid-21st Century. Hide
Keeping Up with NZ

An immersive masterpiece that may even surpass the original.

An immersive masterpiece that may even surpass the original. Hide
NewsHub.co.nz (Kate Rodger)

My brain still hasn't stopped whirring, neither has my heart.

My brain still hasn't stopped whirring, neither has my heart. Hide
Newsroom.co.nz (Darren Bevan)

An artform of suspense and enigma that's as compelling and fascinating as it is emotionally distant.

An artform of suspense and enigma that's as compelling and fascinating as it is emotionally distant. Hide
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