Talking secrets and styles with the cast of 'Blade Runner 2049'

Jared Leto as Niander Wallace

“Looking for something real”: does Blade Runner 2049 do the original justice?

If K were to achieve that higher level of awareness, he would most certainly find himself face-to-face with Blade Runner 2049 director Villeneuve, a fast-rising visionary of cinema.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. She was made by Tyrell, who is the head of Tyrell Corp, the company that invented replicants. As anyone who has seen Enemy can attest, director Denis Villeneuve is an uncommonly bold filmmaker-but when it comes to a property as iconic as Blade Runner, even Villeneuve colors within the lines.

In 2040, the LA Police Department re-established its Blade Runner unit.

K (Ryan Gosling) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in BLADE RUNNER 2049 from Warner Bros.

If there's one thing Harrison Ford is famous for - other than Star Wars and Indiana Jones and all that acting he does - it's being grumpy in interviews.

"Show me the money", Ford joked back. It's some of the best work by the actor, who recently was decent past year as the Joker in "Suicide Squad" but who won an Academy Award for his rail-thin, HIV-positive trans character in 2013's "Dallas Buyers Club".

In a movie review for RogerEbert.com, Brian Tallerico called "Blade Runner 2049" a "beautiful thematic companion" to the original film. The problem is that almost every film about artificial intelligence mines familiar ideas about how humanity should treat its creations if and when they achieve sentience.

The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 cult classic Blade Runner will have no trouble racing to the top of the box-office chart in its debut, but can the sci-fi epic succeed in launching a new franchise? The sequel doesn't explore the themes as deep as the original, but it politely asks you to ponder the ethical questions of artificial relationships and an artificial enslaved labor force throughout its lengthy 163-minute (near three hour) runtime. "I feel like that's what we were all striving for towards the beginning of the process". As to which of the eight versions (!) you should revisit - they being the Workprint, the U.S. Theatrical Cut, San Diego Sneak Preview Cut, the International Cut, the U.S. Broadcast Cut, the Director's Cut and the Final Cut - is entirely up to you (we probably recommend the latter), but do go back to maximise your experience of "2049". We're convinced K is more, especially after, while on a mission, he stumbles on to the remains of a replicant woman who apparently died in child birth.

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