Was Harrison Ford's Officer Rick Deckard a human or a Replicant robot in 1982's "Blade Runner"?
It's only thanks to the dual forces of years of critical reconsideration and Hollywood's thirst for recognizable IP that the movie has gotten a sequel all these years later. Sony Pictures Entertainment is handling the worldwide distribution. And then new generations come and they bring back these films. In Blade Runner 2049, set three decades after Scott's film, he has to re-create and expand Blade Runner, convincingly imagining how it might have changed over the years and reaching beyond its all-too-familiar milieu to envision the rest of its dying world.
But Josh Dickey at Mashable sums it up like this: "Blade Runner 2049 is a sci-fi symphony".
The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.
"It's an existential story", director Denis Villeneuve told Reuters.
Much of what's really happening in director Denis Villeneuve's (Arrival, Sicario) film has been kept out of the marketing, and having seen the film unspoiled, it does seem a shame to ruin any reveals - even what's going on in that first scene with the possible Replicant.
His work is usually inspired by other art forms outside of cinema, but Villeneuve said this is the first time he drew inspiration from a movie, the original Blade Runner. The proposed film was the subject of some of the most caustic emails leaked after the Sony hack in November 2014. But Villeneuve has built his career on providing hard answers to simple questions, and as such, he seems to have been the flawless filmmaker for Blade Runner 2049. That's what makes it so great and so rewarding to watch. 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 short, entitled Black Out 2022, lasts about 15 minutes. I had been anxious, because of how large a shadow Harrison Ford's Deckard casts on the project, that any time he wasn't on screen, we'd be waiting for him to come back; thankfully this wasn't the case, as Gosling's Officer K is just as magnetic as Ford. Initially, it didn't sit well with most viewers.
All of its characters live in relative isolation. "We're allowed to do whatever we want to do". Of course, it also contributes to the swollen running time. Suffice to say, there is a lot to offer here.
Villeneuve said he made "Blade Runner 2049" as a standalone movie but given the new film's higher stakes and bigger scope, a continuing franchise is not out of the question. People will see it multiple times, just for the visual splendor, and the winding plot and ace performances leave more to be discovered with each viewing.