Blade Runner 2049 review round-up: Critics hail Denis Villeneuve's sequel as masterpiece

Blade Runner 2049 review round-up: Critics hail Denis Villeneuve's sequel as masterpiece

Blade Runner 2049 review round-up: Critics hail Denis Villeneuve's sequel as masterpiece

Walk, run, fly to the nearest theater because guess what?

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.

The highly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi film will hit the screens next week with a first screening in Los Angeles, followed by one in Montreal.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone loved the film, giving it a 3.5 out of 4.

Ford took a shot at Gosling's full name as he finished his story. His work in the sequel is impressive enough with so many awesome shots for Blade Runner 2049 to be the film that puts the longtime cinematographer over the top come Oscar Sunday on March 4, 2018. Make sure you don't end up spoiled, as going in blind is easily he best way to see it. Gosling fans will enjoy him doing something different.

The gender-bending rock star was known for his futuristic fashion sense, and starred in a handful of other science fiction and fantasy films at the height of his career. Entertainment Weekly: "A ravishing visual feast".

And here's a glowing quote you won't see on a movie poster: Blade Runner 2049 is so grandly awesome, so fully developed and dialed-in, even Jared Leto's koo-koo bad guy kinda works. The average score for the film is 8.9/10 meaning many reviewers gave it a flawless rating.

Fortunately, no one told this to filmmaker Denis Villenueve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners), who defied the odds to deliver the absorbing, complex and visually dazzling Blade Runner 2049. There is absolutely another Best Cinematography Oscar nomination coming the way of the revered photographer, and one would have to assume that he will finally get his just due victory. As of time of writing, 39 reviews are positive with only one review being negative.


William Bibbiani (everyone calls him "Bibbs") is Crave's film content editor and critic. Although the action scenes here are often brutal and [Sylvia] Hoeks supplies her vicious character with some unexpected emotional shading, no replicant warriors in Blade Runner 2049 can measure up to those played by Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah in the first one.

Rotten Tomatoes has revealed that Blade Runner 2049 has a fresh rating of 98 percent. The most praise, however, seems to be for Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who worked on the original movie in the same capacity.

There's no way to excise the not-great parts of this movie from the great parts. Yes, I said it.

The 2017 follow-up simply couldn't be any more of a triumph: a stunning enlargement and improvement.
"Blade Runner" was a film that had a big impact on me and has always stuck with me. To anyone familiar with Scott's film, it's clear quite quickly that these bones belong to Rachael (Sean Young), that movie's love interest, a creature designed by deluded corporate mogul Tyrell (Joe Turkel) to do all sorts of things a regular android could not.

The 1982 film, which starred Ford as Rick Deckard, was not a box office success, but the movie grew in stature in subsequent years. She's a big movie star, a great actress.

So there you have it folks!

Blade Runner was a hard and cold film, with few internal rules, murky morals, vague battle lines, and an endless monsoon of rain falling on its permanent night. Furthermore, voters are going to pay attention to this one, that nearly seems like a foregone conclusion.

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