‘Blade Runner 2049’ Exceeds the Hype

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Creating a sequel that lives up to its predecessor and stands on its own is a difficult task, especially when it comes to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. But if anyone could pull it off it’s Denis Villeneuve, whose previous works serve as a perfect precursor for this pivotal sequel. Enemy presented a symbolism-heavy search for self and Arrival was a minimalistic approach to sci-fi, both of which are important elements in the dystopian classic.

Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling as K, an LAPD officer who is part of the “blade runner” unit, whose job is to “retire” Replicants gone rogue. A stunning revelation in a case he is working on leads him on a search for former “blade runner” Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, reprising his role from the first film). The supporting cast includes Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and numerous other lesser known talents. While everyone holds…

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