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BLADE RUNNER 2049

SYNOPSIS: LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for thirty years.

Review by Louise Keller:
A breathtaking sequel to the futuristic classic Blade Runner, the film soars on the wings of its stunning visuals and moody score. With its central theme about humans versus androids and in line with Ridley Scott's 1982 original (set in 2019), the film perpetuates the question what it is to be human. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick and with an ultra smart script by Hampton Fancher (who co-penned the original) together with Michael Green (Alien: Covenant), Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve has not only remained faithful to the essence of the first film but has delved even deeper.

Shot in Hungary, Iceland, Spain and Nevada, there is something warm and familiar about the blue misty look of the film with its brightly lit skyscrapers, dystopian landscapes and shimmering interiors. Ryan Gosling, perfectly cast as K takes over from Harrison Ford's blade runner Rick Deckard, chasing and retiring out dated replicants. But Deckard is also part of K's new mission. We have to wait nearly two hours before Ford appears, dishevelled and grumbling. We are not disappointed.

K's reality includes his own gorgeous dream girl (Ana de Armas, lovely), but is closely watched by the formidable Robin Wright as his boss, Jared Leto with eerie eyes as Wallace, the replicant empire head and Sylvia Hoeks, terrifying as his robotesque assistant Luv. The climactic underwater fight scene when there is plenty at stake will have you on tenterhooks.

There are countless highlights but watch for the 'birth' of a new improved model replicant, a spectacular aerial sequence, a sensual love scene like you've never seen before and wonderful hologram imagery of Elvis, Marilyn, Liberace and showgirls in feathers. My favourite line is: 'You can't hold the tide with a broom'.

The quest for truth and exploration of memory (real or implanted) plays out beneath a marvellous dark score by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer. It's a masterstroke by Villeneuve, who has taken this sci-fi, neo-noir genre to even greater heights. It's stunning!

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (MA15+)
(US, 2017)

CAST: Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Harrison Ford, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Mark Arnold, Hiam Abbass

PRODUCER: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, Bud Yorkin

DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve

SCRIPT: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green (based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Roger Deakins

EDITOR: Joe Walker

MUSIC: Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dennis Gassner

RUNNING TIME: 163 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 5, 2017






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