Are you looking forward to Blade Runner 2049, coming later this year to a Cineworld near you? Here are 6 big fat reasons why you should be...
Blade Runner is a bullet-proof classic
It'd be a stretch to call Blade Runner a hit, either commercially or critically, in 1982, but the movie's standing has ballooned in the years since.
Famously messed around with by a jittery Warner Bros, the movie was initially released with a noir-ish voiceover by Harrison Ford and a happy ending, against the wishes of the movie’s visionary director Ridley Scott. Thankfully, the movie that's available now is the untouched, Scott-approved Director's Cut.
It’s Harrison Ford’s OTHER great role
Given that he’d returned to Indiana Jones in 2008 and Han Solo in 2014, there was only one iconic role left for Harrison Ford to come back to (until there’s anyone out there praying for a Regarding Henry sequel) – that of Replicant hunter Rick Deckard. The dogged Deckard is one of Ford’s most opaque and enigmatic characters, mainly because we know so little about him. Talking of which...
It will (hopefully) answer a decades-old question
“Is Deckard a Replicant?” was the big question posed by the original Blade Runner.
The presence of Edward James Olmos in the sequel – again playing Gaff – is an indication that this question, which has been plaguing sci-fi fans for 35 years, might finally be answered.
It’s directed by Denis Villeneuve
Thrillingly, the new film is being directed by the Oscar-nommed Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners). Obviously, having original director Ridley Scott back would have been nice but Villeneuve has an unblemished record of critically adored classics plus Scott is on board as a producer. And with Arrival and the epically underrated Enemy, Villeneuve’s shown he can craft arresting, intelligent sci-fi dramas. And he’s got a keen eye for memory-searing visuals too, so if anyone can made Blade Runner 2049 as visually ravishing as the original, he can.
It boasts an all-star cast
Apart from Harrison Ford, the movie also headlines Ryan Gosling as an LAPD Officer named K who, from what the trailer suggests, is searching for Rick Deckard, who it appears has been missing for the past 30 years.
After his turn in La La Land, Blade Runner 2049 looks like a completely different type of leading man role for the 36-year-old hunk-throb.
And if that weren’t enough, there’s Oscar-winner Jared Leto as a replicant manufacturer named Wallace, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista, Wonder Woman’s Robin Wright and Captain Phillips Oscar winner Barkhad Abdi. Wowzers.
It’s one of the most influential films ever
Scott’s 1982 classic has proved colossally influential. Its depiction of a neon-soaked, pollution-riddled future-world has been copied in countless sci-fi films and even pop videos (check out the Spice Girls’ Spice Up Your Life video and tell me it doesn’t owe Blade Runner a huge debt).
Scott’s intensely visual eye (he started in 30-second TV commercials where every shot matters) helped create an immersively atmospheric dystopia that looked and felt different to virtually any science fiction movie before it.
From the look of the trailer, Villeneuve is not only paying homage to that
Excited about Blade Runner 2049? Well, you don’t have too long to wait, as it opens on 6 October.