Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. He is the man behind Alien (1979) as well as the dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). On October 6th 2017, Blade Runner 2049 will be released in the cinemas.
Blade Runner (1982)
The sci-fi classic starred Harrison Ford. He played a detective hunting rogue androids in the future. Blade Runner is a cold and bizarre thriller. Although it’s not a film that many could watch comfortably, it is also mesmerizing and bulges eyeballs.
Blade Runner is set in 2019 in Los Angeles. There are flying cars, space stations and a constant barrage of TV commercial hype writhing on the side of buildings. Ridley Scott tells the story of Rick Deckard and his battle with the replicants. The replicants are man made creatures that possess all human attributes, except feelings. They have been built to serve as slaves and if they rebel, the blade runner will hunt and kill them.
As mentioned before, Blade Runner is not easy to consume. The story is not explained coherently and the plot has great lapses, from the changeable nature of one key character to the frequent disappearance of others.
Blade Runner 2049
The long awaited Blade Runner sequel – Blade Runner 2049 – is arriving in cinemas on October 6th 2017. The recent trailer teasers have led to widespread anticipation. It is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), scripted by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant). Furthermore, it also stars Ryan Gosling who joins Harrison Ford on screen.
The film takes place 30 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking original. Ryan Gosling is an LAPD officer named K who unearths a long-buried secret that could potentially drive the world into chaos. Gosling is on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who may or may not hold a key piece to the puzzle.
Reviews have been flowing in on Twitter and many have said that the film lives up to the high expectations created by the original. Cinematographer, Roger Deakins, has also been praised. Perhaps, he will win an Oscar this year for his efforts.
The Critics Response
Blade Runner 2049 was one of the most mind-blowing films I’ve seen. It’s breathtaking and transportive. Denis Villeneuve has a masterpiece.
– Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia
Blade Runner 2049 is sci-fi masterpiece; the kind of deep-cut genre film we don’t see anymore. Visually mind blowing, absolutely fantastic.
– Erik Davis, Movies.com
I saw Blade Runner 2049 and it is BREATHTAKING. It’s an impressive follow-up, preserving mysteries, adding new ones, expanding the universe.
– William Bibbiani, IGN Movies
Good news! Blade Runner 2049 is a terrific continuation and expansion of the original. Wasn’t hoping for much, ended up LOVING it. (Even Leto!).
– Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
I saw Blade Runner 2049 a few days ago, and the more I think about it the more I love about it. Gorgeously directed. Sylvia Hoeks is AMAZING.
– Terri Schwartz, IGN Movies
Astonishing. More than just a visual wonder, it’s a groundbreaking science fiction masterpiece.
– Jimmy O., JoBlo’s Movie Emporium
Everyone bow down to Denis Villeneuve. He’s done the impossible and delivered a huge home run with Blade Runner 2049. Loved it. You do not have to have seen the original Blade Runner to watch Blade Runner 2049. But it will definitely make the film better if you have. Even if you have no interest in the film, the breathtaking cinematography by Roger Deakins is worth the price of admission. He’s a God.
– Steve Weintraub, Collider
I’ve seen Blade Runner 2049. I looks amazing, characters and performances are strong, stays true to the original but there are flaws.
– Simon Thompson, IGN Movies
Blade Runner 2049 is phenomenal. Visually mind-blowing sci-fi with noir roots shining through in a tight, twisty mystery. Best of 2017 so far. Denis Villeneuve is unquestionably one of the elite working directors and there’s no excuse if Deakins doesn’t win the Oscar.
– Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend