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Blade Runner 2049 countdown Part VI: What to expect from the sequel

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We’re just a week away now from the arrival one of the most anticipated sci-fi sequels ever! 

Yes, Blade Runner 2049 is out in just seven days, and, although full reviews are still embargoed, those lucky enough to have seen press screenings of the movie have been praising it to high heaven on social media...

The critics are declaring it a masterpiece

There’s always a worry, revisiting a bullet-proof classic so many years on. Will it tarnish the memory of the original? Will it fail to match up?

Thankfully, those fears look to be unfounded as critics are already calling Blade Runner 2049 a masterpiece.

Here are just a few of the online mini-reviews…

Blade Runner 2049 is a 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

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

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

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 

So what can these potted reviews tell us about what to expect…?


More mysteries

We’re expecting the mystery of whether Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard is a replicant or not to finally be solved, but what would Blade Runner be without it offering another enigma to ponder over?

Thankfully, the movie looks set to create some new mysteries as well as answer old ones.


Stunning cinematography

Roger Deakins has long been known as one of the masters of the art form, yet mystifyingly the 68-year-old Brit has never won an Academy Award.

Even from the trailers, there were indications that Blade Runner 2049 would be an eye-ravishing feast, but it looks like we’ve only skimmed the surface in those promos.

And yes, from what the critics are saying, Deakins is a shoe-in for an Oscar come 2018.


Denis Villeneuve is a worthy successor of Ridley Scott

It appears as if, although Ridley Scott is producing, this is very much Denis Villeneuve’s film.

The Sicario and Arrival director has, it seems, crafted a movie that builds on Scott’s original, while at the same time doing its own thing.

He received an Oscar nom for his work on last year’s Arrival – but will he walk away with the big one for Blade Runner 2049?


It may be one of the few sequels to better the original

There aren’t many sequels that are more loved than the original, but it looks like Blade Runner 2049 could be joining the hallowed ranks of The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back as one of the few.


So, are you excited about the imminent return of Rick Deckard? Let us know your thoughts @Cineworld.

Blade Runner 2049 hits Cineworld on 5 October.